Gluten-Free Q&A: How Gluten Affects Me (Part 2)

And three weeks later, I finally have the follow-up post. Talk about punctual lol…

So one of the things I get asked a lot is how does gluten affect me.

I am pretty much only affected if I injest gluten, and sometimes it doesn’t bother me too much if it’s just a little. But it’s hard to know when a little will become too much, so I just try to avoid it completely. When I do injest it, I usually get bloated pretty quickly and I’ll often be constipated for a couple of days. Often, it will make me crampy and sluggish almost immediately. The reaction can really vary by how much and how quickly I injest it. Just to note, I never purposefully injest gluten, but sometimes things get contaminated and I don’t realize it or it’s something that has gluten hidden in it.

Before going gluten-free, I was working out and dieting constantly but not losing weight. I had tried Weight Watchers several times and might lose a couple of pounds but it would take FOREVER to come off (we’re talking a half pound per month maybe). Since going gluten-free 11 months ago, I’ve lost 25 lbs and several inches — going from barely squeezing into a size 8 to a size 4-6 depending on the clothes.

Now, I’ll be honest and say that going GF isn’t the miracle weight-loss cure. It took a couple of rounds of a diet program through my doctor’s office, exercising regularly, and continuing to track my calories with MyFitnessPal to really get that weight off. BUT I don’t think I would’ve had the success I’ve had if I hadn’t have gone gluten-free.

I’ve also been able to come off my thyroid meds completely, due to a combination of going GF and the weightloss. Being able to do this was a HUGE win for me because I’ve always hated taking any kind of medication unless absolutely necessary.

Overall, the POSITIVE changes in my emotional, mental, and physical well-being have been truly incredible and make it much easier to stay on track. Even though it’s really hard sometimes — I mean, the craving for birthday cake never goes away haha — it’s definitely been worth it.

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