1. Fatigue. Since I started eating gluten again, I've been SO tired. At first, I attributed it to the fact that I was so busy with my waitressing job ... but the more time went on, the more I began to realize it was a lot more than that. One day I was walking into town with some of my friends (who work just as much as me) and they were able to keep a steady pace ahead of me. Instead of asking them to slow down or trying to catch up, I just found a bench and sat down. I know, right? I just felt like I couldn't keep going. At work, my friends give me a hard time because I go to bed early and I have a hard time getting up... and yet I am still so tired. For the first time in my life, I began drinking coffee before each shift, just to give me enough energy to do my job. Last summer I had the same job as I do this year, and my energy levels were SO much higher (back when I was gluten free).
2. Anxiety. Honestly, I'm a pretty 'carefree' person and if something bothers me, I pray about it, give it over to God, and HE takes the worry away from me. But since I went back to gluten, I've actually experienced 'anxiety' over lots of different things. Seriously, it's not like I feel 'guilty' for eating gluten, it just feels like my whole mood/demeanor is different. My close friends have noticed that I seem 'weighed down' and burdened. And I feel completely different than I did a few months ago. It's this weird feeling that I can't really seem to explain, but I talked to 4 different girls who have been gluten free for a long time and they ALL said the same thing, that eating gluten gives them a stressed, anxious feeling as well.
3. Mood. The whole reason I started this blog was because I was so happy and positive, in large part because of the foods I was eating. I wanted to share the principle that "eating healthy makes you happy" with others! I find that being 'happy' takes more work and effort now than when I was g.free. So I did some research on a gluten free diet and many reputable sources have found a correlation between a gluten free diet and curing depression. After these 6 weeks I can honestly tell you, being gluten free makes me SO much happier!!
4. Digestion. ...I know, right? Not everyone's fave topic, but to keep it short and sweet let's just say, gluten and my digestive system are NOT friends. My tummy definitely prefers g.free!
Well, that's me! I was gluten free for over a year and while these past 6 weeks of experimenting with it again have been rough, I'm glad I tried it so that now I know full well that gluten free is the way to go for me... it's a lifestyle that keeps me happy and healthy! The afternoon when I finally 'put-the-pieces-together' on why I've been feeling so 'bad' lately, was the day I decided to cut gluten from my diet 100% like I did last year... it's just not worth it for me. Don't worry, I'm not about to fall back into a restrictive mindset... #foodfreedom will live on!! ...but this time, it'll be #glutenfreefoodfreedom!! So yes, I'll take a salad for lunch AND a piece of chocolate for dessert... Hey, it's all about balance right?
Have you ever tried a gluten free diet? Have you gone back? Do certain foods make you feel 'junky?'