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.
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.
- Quinoa cooked in unsweetened soy milk and water with blackberries, walnuts, vanilla stevia, and a splash of maple syrup
- Hot ginger peppermint tea
- Small banana
- 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
- Rice cakes and carrots with hummus
- Apple with peanut butter
- Handful of popcorn
- Brown rice pasta with vegan “chicken,” grape tomatoes, red onion, garlic, broccoli, and broth
- Red leaf lettuce, romaine, and kale with blackberry balsamic