Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Well hell, let's try this

I am pretty sure I am super gluten intolerant. I have always known that sleep and my mood are tied to pasta (as in I cannot eat too much). And I have found recently that pizza, which I freaking love, puts me in a spiral of depression that I cannot handle. Gluten also screws mightily with my sleep patterns, almost immediately (making me crash, then wake up at 2:00 and 3:00 and 4:00 AM).

And so, yesterday (during not a great day) I decided to investigate a bit more about gluten intolerance. I was hoping for a pill (like Beano) I might eat that would then counteract it. Or a way to slowly get my body more used to it.

Nope. In fact, the opposite. 

As you get older, this intolerance gets much worse. I mean for many people the intolerance starts as a child strong - and then reduces over time until you are okay. But later in life for some, it then starts getting stronger and stronger as you get older. Hence my love affair with pizza which, like many bad affairs, turned bitter and mean with age. It also has this effect, although they don't know why.

Just as an aside, which my mother may not agree with - but makes me feel better, I apparently spent my second year of life crying. Nay, not just crying. My parents would say screaming, but my parents were drama queens. I'm sure it wasn't that bad (ha ha).

I say all this to explain that I am trying to go gluten cold turkey. This might not be good, especially for Eddie.

I mean it is a trade-off right? Hopefully I will be less volatile. On the other hand, I will have to start having more beans as a starch with dinner. Anyone who knows me will know the deleterious effects of this.

I have started daily journal to document my sleep, moods and any gluten I eat. I am going to find the relationship. I am hoping that, at least at lunch, I can continue to eat sandwiches. And use as much sourdough as possible. Sourdough does not affect me nearly as much as other breads, so we shall see.

Anywho, there it is. I did pretty well on Atkins 15 years ago, it's stress less carbohydrates, often meant less gluten as well. So here goes nothing.

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