Tuesday, August 31, 2010
You may remember my post awhile ago about my new thoughts on celiac. I won't lie. It's been really difficult. I went cold turkey. Some may think that's the wrong way to do things but I felt it was the only way I could do it. Over the years of health problems I've learned to disconnect any relationship I have with food. After-all its just sustenance for me. There isn't a ton of enjoyment anymore. I still love food, who doesn't? I just don't have a major connection with it which means eliminating something is a bit easier.
So gluten-free eh? well I suppose you may be wondering how it's effected me, my blood sugars and my diet. Or maybe you aren't, in which case I'm not insulted. I have no idea who reads this anyway sometimes! I have been feeling ill after food (one of my previous symptoms) far FAR less. I can't remember the last time I ate something and felt really puke'ish since I cut out gluten. Nausea used to be my middle name, I was the queen of nausea. It's the reason I eat such tiny portions to begin with. I think my nausea will be a post in itself one day. I can't say yet whether it was the gluten causing it or not. My previous IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptoms have dissipated a lot also. So now I'm wondering if I even have IBS? I'm not getting the crampy, bloated, abdominal pain anymore. I also noticed something that surprised me a lot, I'm feeling very much more "alert" these days. I'm not sleeping as much or feeling like I am always sleep deprived. I'm not nodding off at work anymore or as I like to call it "asleep at the mouse." As for the exercise, well I'm having more difficulties and way too many lows probably because my daily carb intake is so low. I need to find alternatives to up my intake rather than just cutting things out. I feel there is only so much I can get from eating mostly fruits and vegetables. It seems that exercise and gluten go well together.
Those are the first things I've noticed and I still have NO CLUE if it's related to cutting out gluten. If it is, however, I may have found my answer to a happy digestive system. The thought of a gluten free lifestyle makes me pretty sad though, even though my relationship with food is nil. It's the small things that make it hard. Like, I do - in fact - LOVE bread and all things that come from flour and baked goodies. I do know that those things can still exist in my diet with a little extra work but it will never be the same. I know that celiac disease requires the complete and permanent elimination of gluten. There is no cheating or "low-gluten". I KNOW this. In which case for me to make a life-long gluten-free diet sits very heavy and uneasy on me. It's more time consuming, and expensive. It's a hard thing to accept.
As far as my blood sugar goes, it has become significantly more manageable. Without gluten, I find myself eating even more fruits and vegetables instead of my usual crackers, toast and bagels. The items I used to eat that had gluten typically caused a lot of swings. Let's face it, the major things containing gluten are bread and baked goods. Now that I can't eat that cookie or that slice of bread my choices have inadvertently turned low-carb because of it. Low carb is always easier to manage as a type 1 diabetic. My daily insulin totals have gone from 40 units/day to 25 units/day. I am going to keep this up for awhile longer before making a final decision.