Side Effects From Going Gf?
Posted 16 November 2004 - 09:39 PM
Aside from GI symptoms lessening (YAY!) and my skin looking a little better, some things about going gluten-free have not been pleasant. SHEESH! For all the hard work of starting a gluten-free diet, I guess I was expecting rainbows to appear and birds to sing every morning, for crying out loud!
Today I had no appetite at all (I'm 27 and that's the 4th time in my life to have ever lost my appetite) and even less energy. I was in bed most of the day. Also, I used to be able to go to the gym for a couple of hours at a time, but since going gluten-free it's like my body's attention is somewhere else and I'm not able to work out but 30-45 min before I'm ready to pass out and/or throw up. My menstrual cycle's going crazy too (more than usual).
Sorry if any of that's TMI, but I'm feeling not a little lost in this new world and was hoping some of you could clear up some of this confusion I'm feeling. What did you experience after going gluten-free?
Posted 16 November 2004 - 10:57 PM
Looking back, the first year of diagnosis really sucked, but I guess we all go through it. Stick in there---After a while your body will heal and being gluten free won't be the big deal it used to be.....
Posted 17 November 2004 - 05:16 AM
I think you have to remind yourself that this is a process, most of us ate gluten for years when we shouldn't have so I feel it will take a while for me to feel totally wonderful again. However for me, the intestional symptoms were so bad that just that alone being better is enough for me. For the past 8 years I swear I've spent half my life in the bathroom. I'm done with that now!!
Posted 17 November 2004 - 05:22 AM
Maybe there is a forum for people who exercise a great deal that also follow a gluten-free diet that may have menu suggestions or pre, during and post exercise food ideas?
Posted 17 November 2004 - 07:14 AM
Posted 17 November 2004 - 07:50 AM
I ate a metric ton of carbs before (almost always complex tho), so maybe what I'm feeling is, like you said Freya, coming down off of that.
I started taking raw sauerkraut to help put good bacteria back into the system. We'll see what happens...
Posted 17 November 2004 - 02:24 PM
Posted 18 November 2004 - 10:07 AM
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.
Posted 19 November 2004 - 04:26 PM
It took me 9 months to actually start feeling better.
Because I was diagnosed in my early 60's, I had been
sick for a long time. Also I stubbornly refused to stop
dairy, I kept trying soy, rice, goat's milk. When I
finally gave up dairy I started to really feel better,
no more joint pain, sinus headaches, foggy head feeling.
Keep at it, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, not
exactly a rainbow but a light. You do feel worse instead
of better in the beginning.
The one resolution, which was in my mind long before it took the form of a resolution, is the key-note of my life. It is this,always to regard as mere impertinences of fate the handicaps which were placed on my life almost at the beginning. I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul, but rather be made to blossom, like Aaron's rod, with flowers-Helen Keller
Judy- Gluten Intolerant
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