The End of the Gluten-Free Lifestyle Experiment

I’m done.

I finished my month of being gluten-free (well, to be honest, I went 29 days – a grocery issue on the last day caused me to cut it).  The very first day that I went back to eating barley, wheat, and rye based products I loaded-up on a hefty bowl of Post’s Shredded Wheat; exactly the opposite of what I told myself I’d do.  I told myself I’d have a simple meal with just a bit of gluten in it (maybe some crackers, or a wheat-thickened sauce).  Nope, I went full-on gluten.  I was worried I’d feel sick after completely removing something from my diet and then adding it back in a month later in large amounts.

What Happens After Not Eating Gluten?

Turns out, no problem.  I felt fine after the cereal and even had a bagel sandwich later that day.  Really, I didn’t feel much different aside from a bit more energy (I would assume from the carbs).  In summary, it didn’t seem that swapping to gluten-free did much good for me, at least from an apparent, subjective point of view during a month-long period.  I lost about 5lbs of weight (from a 6′ 180lb frame), but that could be mostly attributed to a reduction in consumption due to frustration in finding gluten-free foods.  It wasn’t as difficult as I might have guessed it would be.  I periodically missed bread (especially with someone sitting across from at a restaurant chowing down on the free rolls), but the only true difficulty was wading through the ingredient lists on just about everything before committing to a purchase.

All-in-all, I’d recommend giving it a shot if you think you have some of the more prevalent symptoms, but don’t expect a whole-new-you unless you happen to be gluten-intolerant or have Celiac disease.

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on October 26, 2010
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