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! 

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