Sunday, June 26, 2011

New way of eating & a wheat allergy!

This week, I am ALL about MIND SET. 

How and on WHAT is your MIND set? Set it on good things, positive things, things that build up and create momentum! Set your mind right and start your week right!

Mom was up nearly a whole WEEK with me for a big conference at church! We had some pretty sweet down time and shopping time too! Not too much shopping, but a trip to the mall for one thing specific and a trip to the thrift store...she scored some sweet scarves and I scored one too!

ONE thing we did, was take a paddle boat out! It was SO much fun and a great lower body workout, ooff!! My glutes are screaming!!

New eating- check! 
Wheat Allergy-check!

SO, I have talked very little about my changes to my diet. 
Here are the main things I have done over the last 5 and a half weeks:

1) I cut out the JUNK. My junk included pastries that I ate at least every other day, I  can single handed kept Starbucks and bakeries in my hood in business. 
Other junk for me included: ice cream treats, convenience foods (like frozen meals, most processed foods other than oatmeal and most fast foods--think Subway etc...)
2) I reduced carb intake. It wasn't hard once I cut out my junk.  This of course left me focusing on REAL food. If I don't have carbs, I don't crave them. If I have them, I will eat them all day....ALL day. Sugar is a drug. 
3) Focused on Fruit, veggies, and lean protein. Again, if I start my day with a carb, like a croissant, I crave them all day. If I start my day with eggs and a green monster, I have more energy and am full longer. Besides, I just wanted to start eating CLEAN. As I prep for some goals coming up, eating clean is a must, so I may as well get used to it. I LOVE IT. 
4) Ate as much as I am supposed to. Which feels like I am eating ALL day long. But finally getting my correct amount of food, calories and protein has made a huge difference. 

A few things happened with this new way of eating: 
My dairy intake was reduced. I still use cream in my coffee, but switched to goat yogurt when I have it (or have tested other "yogurt's"). But other dairy went out the window. 
With carbs reduced, or focus on greens etc, wheat really wasn't in my diet. I haven't had many breads, pasta's, crackers, processed bars etc... I didn't really THINK about reducing carbs as a "wheat" thing till this weekend. 
On a great note, my body fat was reduced by FIVE points and I lost 8 pounds. The weight loss was not a goal, a nice little surprise, and without doing much other than my new workout and my new eating.

Saturday night, we made a chicken and veggie stir-fry with co-op veggies we chopped ourselves, all things which I had been eating. BUT, I wanted to have some grains, so I used the last few cups of a Harvest Grains Blend of Orzo, barley, etc.. and we chowed down. 

THEN..... Within about 10 minutes.... I was asking  "What's in that Harvest Grain Blend?" 
It's the only NEW factor, I hadn't had it in over a month.... 

WHEAT. There I was, Itchy throat, coughing, HUGELY congested, watery eyes! The Allergic reaction was SO prominent, my Mom and I couldn't not believe it.  

From Mayo Clinic dot Com: 
If you or your child has wheat allergy, you or your child will likely experience symptoms within a few minutes to a few hours after eating something containing wheat. Wheat allergy symptoms include:
  • Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat CHECK
  • Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin
  • Nasal congestion CHECK
  • Itchy, watery eyes CHECK
  • Difficulty breathing CHECK
  • Cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis
I have a wheat allergy. 
Who knew? 
A few weeks ago, I was talking with my friend Alyssa (who is going dairy free) and we talked about the fact that with little to no dairy in my own diet, I noticed that my other "allergies" were nearly gone! My cats used to bother me--but since removing other potential allergens, those became better too, I wasn't as plugged up from the kitties!

 I never thought about how much wheat I reduced, but when my breathing was hard and my throat itching, it was CLEAR that wheat was the culprit and I had apparently had reduced it enough that having some was a BIG deal.  

Do you have any experience with this?? I have been doing a little reading lately, I found a cool article on Allergy Vs. Intolerance and how a wheat allergy and Celiac are different.  LUCKILY, I know that dairy just doesn't sit well with my tummy, it doesn't cause ALL these other reactions... 

Side note: 
Had an awesome broccoli salad after the paddle boat with a piece of RYE bread, no wheat! YUM! 

What is your take on wheat? Do you eat it? Love it? Avoid it?
What food allergies have you discovered? Where they developed as an adult? I don't know how long I have been this way, for a long time I lived with allergies and didn't realize that's what they were! 


Marketing Mama said...

Ok, first of all, you are totally right, there is a huge difference between a food allergy and a sensitivity.

I am well versed in this because I've studied it quite a bit - my daughter has severe food allergies to eggs, milk and peanuts.

Did you use an epi pen or call 911? Those are the actions required of people who have a food allergy reaction when there is trouble breathing.

You haven't mentioned if you've been to a doctor or allergist yet, but I'm happy to help you any way I can... we see Dr. Thomas Helm, who is fabulous at educating and answering questions. He's well known in MN as being on the forefront of watching trends and esearch of food allergies.

You know how to find me if I can be of help - but seriously, food allergies (true ones) can cause anaphylaxis, which is life threatening and people must carry epi pens in order to be safe to treat a reaction (and then still call 911 and wait for an ambulance).

I also have lots of articles/resources, etc. on my blog - look for the "food allergy" tab.


Carly said...

Ohhhhh...I am sorry you had to find out the hard way that you were allergic (I am not sure there is an easy way to find out if you have food allergies). I am severely allergic to EVERYTHING. Nuts, Shellfish, All Poultry, Most Fruit....sadly that is just the foodlist.
You may want to visit an allergist to get an epipen just in case you find yourself surprised with an unexpected reaction AND make sure you let your doctor know that you have had this kind of reaction in case there is a potention for a cross reaction with a treatment they want to give you. (I had an anaphlactic reacation to betadyne because it is made with shellfish). Good luck, I am glad you are okay!!!!

Mellissa said...

I am very allergic to cream cheese and it sneaks into things quite often. Bendryl is the only thing that helps and I have to carry it in my purse.

NWL said...

Hey Mary - I've been enjoying your blog for months, but it's my first comment.

I developed an egg allergy about a dozen years ago, seemingly out of nowhere. It took me a long time to figure out I had an allergy, in the meantime, I became more and more sensitive to eggs. Now, I can't even eat anything with a trace of egg in it. I react with anaphylaxis symptoms, so it is pretty serious.

I read every label of every item I buy at the store - I have found this is critical because labels DO change! Eating out isn't too much of a problem - I know exactly what I can eat at fast food places by perusing their on-line nutrition information. At "real" restaurants, I make simple choices. Eating at other people's homes is the most difficult. I don't want to make a big deal out of my allergies.

I would definitely get a prescript for an Epipen to carry with you if breathing is a problem. And, yes, carry Benadryl, sometimes that's all it takes.

Kristi said...

I have been eating Almond milk yogurt which is really good. It's dairy and gluten free.

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