Originally Posted by One_Girl
A sudden change in energy that lasts so long can be a symptom of thyroid problems so I suggest getting that ruled out if you haven't already. My brother doesn't eat wheat and he lost a bunch of weight but I also know people who eat it almost exclusively and are rail thin with loads if energy. If it makes you feel good though I suggest going for it.
Thyroid problems are linked to wheat consumption. Just because it may be thyroid, it doesn't mean that the wheat isn't the root cause.
I'm looking for a new doctor right now mostly because the old one didn't order a thyroid test for me when I started complaining about lack of energy and inability to maintain my weight. I'm 48 and on the cusp of menopause, so my old doctor was blowing off my other concerns as just part of the aging process. But in the last year, I feel like I'm getting close to 80, not 50. Something is off.
I'm sure that wheat doesn't effect us all the same, and it is possible that it doesn't effect some people at all. Or wont show that it is effecting them for years. "Wheat belly," while a catchy title, isn't very accurate. The book also discussing how the consumption of modern wheat effects heart health, diabetes, the brain, arthritis, skin, etc. It is the other health problems that I'm having that are a bigger issue for me than my weight. I'd love to lose the extra weight, but I can live with it. The pain and fatigue are debilitating, though. They are a different level of problem.
When I was younger I with naturally thin and had tons of energy, and didn't pay much attention at all to what I ate. I suspect that for me, this is linked to years and years of eating the food, or the problems being compounded by menopause, or something.
Originally Posted by meemee
do you eat a lot of wheat?
yeah finding hidden sources of wheat is going to be tough. are you also trying to eliminate foods that come in contact with wheat?
soreness reminds me of swelling and swelling reminds me of arthiritis. not trying to diagnose here.
How I eat varies from day to day. I've considered my diet to be truly balanced with a wide variety of foods. Most of my meals are cooked from scratch. But yes, I eat whole grains, mostly wheat, most days. Often more than once a day.
At this time, I'm not going to try to eliminate foods that come into contact with wheat (it sounds overwhelming).
I do have the symptoms of arthritis and it, too, is linked to wheat.
Right now, I'm finding it easier to believe that in the last year, I've developed an intolerance for a food that never bothered me before than that I've developed 2 chronic conditions. It just seems unlikely to me that I would develop arthritis and thyroid problems at the exact same time if there weren't an underlying reason that my whole body is just off.
Originally Posted by tillymonster
I say ditch wheat and all other grains, legumes and even potatoes. You might have some serious inflammation going on and grains/starches make them worse. After you finish wheat belly you might want to check out the paleo diet as well as primal blueprint. Ditto in getting your thyroid checked.
Congrads on your pregnancy!!!
I have been looking up stuff on the paleo diet for ideas of foods to make.
Originally Posted by MariaMadly
I remember reading "Why We Get Fat" and just looking around my kitchen and pantry absolutely stunned at all the changes we'd need to make if we wanted to give the author's recommendations a try. It's been a couple of years, with setbacks, of trying to eliminate carbs for DH and me. What I found in myself when I keep my diet to proteins and vegetables is a more constant energy level, no crashes, and a gentle feeling that I need to refuel rather than the sudden panic that I have nothing left in my reserves. .....
But the hardest thing is what you raise, OP . . . all those years of a conscious effort to eat healthy food, and come to find someone raise the idea that it's harmful. Or that we, perhaps, have processed something that could have been healthy to a degree that's dangerous to our health.
I just checked out that book on Amazon and I may read it next. Very interesting.
What I've found in the past trying to move to a more produced based diet is that it is very bulky to buy and store, and very time consuming to chop and prepare. I work on the school year, and part of my goal for this summer while I'm off was to figure out what the heck was wrong with me and how to fix it. But in the back of my mind, I'm trying to figure out how to continue doing whatever it is that I need to do when I go back to work. I'm hoping that with my energy level higher and without energy crashes, it seems more doable.
I also think it sounds a little crazy to take out multi grain bread and barrila plus pasta. I don't have celiac disease. I don't have the symptoms most people associate with gluten intolerance. I fear that to others, I will like sound like I'm doing Atkins or South Beach or something, and I'm really opposed to that sort of thing. Taking out a food group to lose weight has always been distasteful to me.
This is day 4 of no wheat for me, and I feel better already. Day 2 I had a lot of cravings and a major energy crash, but yesterday was better. I feel like I'm going through withdraw from wheat, so I don't think I'm totally finding out how I will feel "wheat free" yet. My feet and ankles already feel SO MUCH BETTER. Honestly, even the wheat withdraw is better than how I felt eating wheat because my joint pain was pretty bad.