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For me, at first my sugar cravings were crazy! I had a sweet tooth before and then it just went nuts! I went through a period where I didn't knnow what to eat and was craving sugar, so I would have ice cream for dinner! It finally balanced out and I actually can't have high levels of sugar now! funny.
Now, since working hard to balance out my diet, I am eating a lot more soy products, vegetables and I added red meat to my diet after 15 years without. With my diet so restricted, I figured I had better add the meat back in.
Now I just try hard to eat a balanced diet, although it doesn't always work. gluten-free isn't exactly CONVENIENT for someone who eats on the run all the time!
p.s. thanks for posting on here! It's so good to hear what other people are going through.
The most noticeable side effect I experienced was my sugar cravings going through the roof! I have a sweet tooth to begin with. When I cut out all the gluten products (i.e. carbs, bread) my body started to crave sugar like I never have before!
It is most definitely a process. You body has to balance itself out and you have to balance out your diet. It took me almost 6 months before I started to really eat a balanced diet again. I had to force myself to find alternative foods and new favorites. I have to remember to eat a balanced diet.
The other thing that I have found to be the best help is exercise!! Working out helps to flush the system and regulate things. I feel SO differently when I am working out regularly versus when I am not.
I have been gluten-free for a little over a year and I am still learning what works for me. It seems that it is different for each individual. I reccommend cutting out as much as you can and working to re-introduce things one at a time. It's not fun to guess, but after a while you will balance out and be eating and feeling better.