Gluten Free Challenge
No, this isn’t some type of diet bandwagon that I’m jumping on. This “challenge” is used as a way of testing yourself for a gluten intolerance. Actually, you can use this method for a wide range of things including lactose intolerance, soy allergies, nut allergies, etc.
Basically, the idea is to deprive your body of the potential allergen for a period of time (at least 2 weeks, but recommended for 30 days or more), and then slowly reintroduce it back into your diet. If you feel better during the time you’re not eating the symptom triggering foods, or if you feel worse when you reintroduce them, there’s a good chance that you have an intolerance/sensitivity.
I had never really considered the fact that I might have a gluten intolerance until my mom showed me a list of the potential symptoms that you can experience. So many of them were familiar to me, like fatigue, hormone imbalances, keratosis pilaris (tiny bumps on the back of the arms), and digestive issues, but I had never made the connection before. As much as I hate to admit it, since I’m such a huge lover of bread, pasta, and all kinds of desserts that use flour as the main ingredient, I think there’s a pretty good chance that I could be gluten intolerant.
Today was my first day of the “challenge”. It was difficult trying to figure out what I could and couldn’t eat at first, but it got easier throughout the day. My biggest struggle right now is being tempted by the cake and zucchini bread that’s sitting in my kitchen, but I just keep reminding myself that there will always be more opportunities to eat these things in the future.
I’ll be updating on here about my experience every couple of days for the next few weeks. Wish me luck!
Today in Barnes & Noble, I went up to the front counter to check out and this very attractive boy was working there. We had a quick conversation about the books I was buying (The Bell Jar and The Catcher in the Rye) and he told me that they were both great choices. I could have been completely imagining it, but it seemed like he was flirting with me, which doesn’t happen to me very often. I guess if he really was, it’s a nice reminder that there are actually people out there who are interested in me. Usually I’m pretty confident about both my appearance and who I am as a person, and I don’t regret never having been in a relationship up to this point, but sometimes I feel very lonely and can’t help but think that I’ll be by myself for the rest of my life.
Does anyone have any experience with following an IF eating pattern? If so, would you be so kind as to let me know which method you followed and how it worked for you? I’m considering trying it, but I wanted to get some opinions first!
Overheard In My Office
Salesman 1: You know what the problem with kids these days is? Everyone's tellin' them to do what they're passionate about. Well, I'm passionate about sex and that's not gonna pay my bills!
Salesman 2: Yeah, more like we should tell them "Do what'll get ya a job and fuck the rest!"
Me: [trying my best not to walk into the other room and smack them both]