Energy Levels – Eating Gluten Free – 90 Day Challenge

I often get comments on how much energy I have (most days I run at about an 8-8.5) since starting a pretty regimented, for lack of a better word, fitness regime I would say that this energy level has leveled out (very few ups and downs throughout the day) For the most part I would attribute my energy to the food I eat almost exclusively!

Like everyone who has struggled with weight or fitness, food is a huge contributing factor to the success or struggles. I probably have two major struggles, first I LOVE food, I love to cook, I love to try new things and the idea of the connections that food brings is something I love. The second challenge with food is that it can make me VERY ill; I have been gluten free for approximately six years… maybe more. Being gluten free now a days is actually much easier then is was years ago, mainly because years ago there was very little in the way of gluten free food and what was available was… not very palatable. I started to just do with out, rather then fake it with something that didn’t satisfy the craving I was having, because soggy pasta and bread that tasted like you took a scoop of flour and just ate it just isn’t my thing.

I would cheat “I’m sure this won’t bother me, its really healthy” “just one won’t hurt” “but I’m out with friends, I don’t want to be an inconvenience” were all thoughts that would run through my head regularly and with people at restaurants and coffee shops saying things like “Oh you are being trendy” “I hear that’s a great way to lose weight” “What’s gluten free?” were all things that made this struggle even harder. Working behind a coffee bar with cookies and donuts all around was both a HUGE challenge and a huge blessing, being reminded that food is all around, ALL the time and I am the one the is choosing to literally poison myself is an interesting lesson to learn. Over the years the cheating became less frequent and I remember the exact moment I realized how strong my reactions had become (everyone has different reactions, mine very depending on the food and how clean I’ve been eating) I stopped by one of the amazing local cupcake shops to visit the owner, she gave me a cupcake and before I could refuse or have my brain connect with the rest of me, I said my good-byes and headed for the quick drive home, by the time I walked in the door I dropped everything, I kicked my shoes off, I threw my coat down and collapsed onto my bed. I was no longer running on an 8, I was probably at a -2, I slept for 4 hours and continued to be ill for two days. This to me was the reality check I need, I needed a good punch in the face, not eating that cupcake wouldn’t have changed the conversation I had, it didn’t make my day better (that’s for damn sure) and I don’t think it could have been any worse by not eating it.

Listening to your body is important, once you have a baseline of what you know good feels like; it’s a lot easier to know when food is affecting you poorly. The struggle with eating on the run and being gluten free is tricky. I have started to think that I should also stay away from dairy (which I don’t eat a lot of but LOVE). If you are interested in going gluten free and have questions please feel free to e-mail me (most of my family is gfree now, so I have lots of different experiences) or search the internet, not everyone is a Celiac and people like myself may never know if we are, you have to eat gluten to have the tests be definitive. If you find your energy is really low, I’d give it a try.

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