I concluded my three week experiment with a gluten-free food plan this past weekend. Although my intentions were admirable and motivation commendable, this program did not meet my expectations. The purpose of selecting a gluten-free diet was twofold: to eliminate some irregularities in my digestive system and to lose weight. While I was able to lose a few pounds within the three weeks, there was no significant change to my sporadic abdominal discomfort. The discomfort wasn’t painful, only occasionally bothersome.
The plan was not an entire disappointment however. Some of the enjoyable parts of this trial were investigating cooking with different foods, learning to eat only at certain times utilizing healthy snacks in-between meals and realizing what my physical thresholds are. Alternately I discovered that gluten-free products are expensive and not always tasty (sweet). If indeed I was tested and diagnosed with celiac disease, I would search out health food stores or online sites to purchase gluten-free products at a lower cost than what the average supermarket charges. I would also learn how to bake gluten-free desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth, which I did not do during this project. Fortunately, that won’t be necessary at this stage and I applaud those who are afflicted with this ailment and may have to go through a lot of trouble planning meals they can enjoy.
With the knowledge I learned about a gluten-free lifestyle, I have a better understanding of how certain foods interact with the body, what to avoid and what I can indulge a little in. Some of the new foods I tried and enjoyed were quinoa, avocados and soba noodles.
It was suggested by two family members to try either the Forks over Knives or Paleo diets. The Forks Over Knives diet is a whole-food plant-based plan with restrictions of animal-based and processed foods. Yikes, no meat? I’m not sure about that one. I’ve always been a “meat and potatoes” type of gal and not sure I can switch to becoming somewhat of a vegetarian.
According to thepaleodiet.com website, on the Paleo diet, you are permitted “fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.” Hooray, I can eat meat on this plan…oh, but no sugars?
Well, since I’m into researching food plans, I’m off to the library for some books on both and checking out a few of the top-rated websites that boast these two diets. I also plan to investigate opposing views to these plans. I’m not sure which plan, if either, I’ll choose for my next experiment but no doubt it will be fun to move on to something new. In the meantime, I’ll try and stick with avoiding fattening foods and sweets which will be challenging; Halloween is next week and I don’t give out apples!
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” ~ W. C. Fields