Sunday, August 19, 2012

A mental shift

I have now been eating gluten free for a week.  I can't say that I have noticed much of a difference overall and I don't feel too deprived just yet.  I was thinking about this change in eating, or 'diet' (though I hate that word).  I am doing my best to treat this gluten free trial as an allergy.  I doubt that people with severe allergies, that either get very sick or have an anaphylactic reaction when they eat a certain item, would miss having that in their diet.  I don't think they think about 'cheating' on their 'diet' because they miss having that item that makes them sick.  I suppose that most allergies present themselves early in life, so it is something you grow up with.

Anyway, I started thinking about eating gluten free.  My in laws were up visiting this weekend and my mother-in-law brought some cookies along.  When they left, I told them that they should maybe leave some for Jay and then take the rest home.  My father-in-law commented about that I might be tempted to eat them.  It just got me thinking about how, yes, I do enjoy peanut butter cookies, however, when you have a gluten allergy (which I am not sure I do, but I am trying to treat my diet as though I do), I am not sure that you are tempted to eat regular cookies or bread because you will just end up sick.  It's not like a 'cheat meal' when you are trying to lose weight.  I am not criticizing my father-in-law for the comment, it just got me thinking.  I don't know how many times Jason and I have looked at friends who have terrible allergies to nuts, soy, shellfish, eggs, etc and commented about how glad we are that we do not have to worry about what we eat.  I really don't know if this will make a difference in my life, but I am going to give it my best shot, and if it helps, great, if not, I guess I will go back to my old ways. 


Karen said...

Any idea how long it will take to notice if it helps?

Angie said...

I don't know for sure. I have heard that some people can tell a difference in a couple of weeks and others can take months to really see a difference. I am taking mental notes of any changes I see. I am expecting to try this for at least a couple of months and go from there.