Ship’s Log–November 12th

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Today marked three days of gluten-free, and the first of the side effects has arrived. When people talk about giving up gluten, they often discuss how wonderful it makes them feel, and I don’t doubt that if gluten had been making you sick, eliminating it will make you feel wonderful.

I am not feeling wonderful. My digestive system is struggling with the sudden disappearance of a major source of vitamins and fiber. It has not been fun. I am having old injuries flare up rather suddenly. Not only does my elbow hurt a lot more than it did last week, but my back is aching and I had shooting pains in my ankle tonight, too. I think we’re going to call this gluten-fee experiment done a few days early.

Today’s Fitness:

1 hour BJJ and 45 minutes Muay Thai. My elbow started acting up again this evening, and I had to pull back on my intensity level during classes.

Breakfast:

  • Quinoa cooked in unsweetened soy milk and water with blackberries, walnuts, vanilla stevia, and a splash of maple syrup
  • Coffee

Morning Snack:

  • Hot ginger peppermint tea
  • Small banana

Lunch:

  • Small bowl of black bean chili
  • Salad: red leaf lettuce, romaine, kale, shiitake, cucumber, and red onion, dressing in smokey chipotle mustard and cider vinegar
  • Coffee with cardamom, vanilla stevia, and soy milk

Afternoon Snack:

  • Rice cakes and carrots with hummus
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Handful of popcorn

Dinner:

  • Brown rice pasta with vegan “chicken,” grape tomatoes, red onion, garlic, broccoli, and broth
  • Red leaf lettuce, romaine, and kale with blackberry balsamic

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