|Meatza Pizza (cheese on the right for Carly)|
Christmas Day will be the first day of reintroduction and I am a bit concerned. I have felt so good and my GI tract has never been better that I am afraid I won't be able to tolerate the non-gluten grains (rice, corn, sorghum) or dairy. I am celiac so I had already eliminated gluten, oats, and quinoa from my diet. Unfortunately with celiac disease your body with its "leaky gut" syndrome sometimes becomes intolerant of other grains, grain-like foods (quinoa, buckwheat), legumes and dairy. And I have already fallen in to this category with oats, quinoa, and legumes.
Energy levels have been better this week. I have not bonked while on the bike so I do believe my body is adapting to utilizing my fat as an energy source ... finally! My pants/shorts are looser on me and I am a little more "ribby" so I do think I have lost a couple pounds of the stuff, Added bonus! However, I have not had any serious intensity on the bike. It has been all about "just riding around."
I usually get a head ache or two a week for various reasons: dehydration, stress, intensity. I have not had one since being on the plan. Not sure if this is a result or just a coincidence. The one thing I do know is that my patience has been better and I have not gotten upset over "the little things" as much. Overall, I have been happier.
Quite surprisingly, for a person who does not have a gall bladder and who has upped her fat consumption, my poops have been normal and regular. I was worried about the possibility of diarrhea with the added fat, but it has not happened. I guess we really don't need a gallbladder. FYI, I had a cholecystectomy in 2010 thinking that this was the cause of my digestive problems.
I suppose the only difficulty with this way of eating is that food preparation takes longer and I have to make several trips to the grocery each week. The other day at Ingles I was shopping the perimeter and decided to make a short-cut through the center of the store ... you know, where all those boxes of pre-packaged foods lie. I imagined that as I was passing through, the boxes were going to ambush me, tie me down, and force their contents of chemicals into my body. Talk about a daymare!
Now off to make some egg-based pumpkin banana pancakes (with fresh pumpkin, of course)!