Posted on April 23, 2014
The $7 pill + going gluten free
I mentioned I was a little nervous about my recent blood test results. I’ve had them over a week mulling them over. Okay well, there’s not too much to go over, my doc wrote A+ at the top, threw them at me with a smile and said get outta here. After of course going over them with me.
Darn near everything is in the green or “optimal” range, with the exception of the gut which we already knew. I knew it was bad, but I didn’t realize how bad until I saw the results. They are all in the red or “hyper” range with the liver being the only green. Great job liver, you’re a fighter yo!
Now that we know what’s really going on, we are at the ‘throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks’ stage. IBS is a complex condition with no real cure, but I really believe it’s treatable.
I’m choosing to work with my primary care doc after being told the prescription I’m on is the my “only option” by 2 different GI Specialist’s. Which by the way is a $7 pill. One freaking pill, every day. File that under #stufficantmakeup
I really don’t like it when people give up on me. Maybe it’s true from a medicine standpoint, but I feel like there are other options, I just need the right tools and person to help me help myself.
So our first trial is going gluten free for a few weeks. I have no idea what gluten is, but I like it.
Surprisingly it hasn’t been as tough as I thought it would be. Awhile back I went dairy free to see if that would help and that was a lot more difficult. A big part of me was happy to find out it didn’t make a difference. I mean, hello fluffy, crunchy, cheesy PIZZA!
For the last week or so it’s been my mission to navigate the grocery store and restaurants. I didn’t realize how many things are clearly labeled “Gluten Free” until I actually started looking.
Yes, when Mike isn’t around to be my personal chef, I eat like a kid. #iam4
Let’s be real, I thought this stuff was going to taste like flavored cardboard or butt cheese, but so far I’m a fan. I’m digging Rudi’s cinnamon raisin bread. The texture is a tiny bit more grainy but I’d be fine eating it GF or not.
And I already raved about California Pizza Kitchens GF pizza. Yah, I am so going back for more.
I noticed I’ve cut back on processed foods and fill those voids with real food like Cobb salads. And thankfully potatoes are GF, or I am sure I would die.
The only thing I’m not a fan of are these brown rice tortillas. They really do taste like cardboard-texture and all.
The GF pasta isle at Whole Foods was so overwhelming I called for help via social media.
Thanks to you guys, I picked up a package of Tinkyada for my first go round. I shall report back.
Mike has also been incredible about this whole thing. He grilled tri-tip, made rice pilaf + steamed spinach with a squeeze of fresh lemon.
I haven’t been super strict with products that are wheat free, but are made in factories where cross contamination could occur. For now I’m just happy to start exploring a whole new food world.
It’s been over a week and so far I don’t feel any different, though I’ve heard it takes a month + to start noticing a difference.
Any other GF friends out there?
How long did it take for you to notice positive changes?
Please share your favorite GF items/meals.