Going Gluten Free

Hold the Gluten

I have learned quite a bit since I’ve started this fitness journey back in 2009. At the time, my step-daughter was preparing for her wedding and all I could think was how awful I looked in a dress. I’d have to change that quickly as the wedding was quickly approaching!

Mainly, it was a change of exercise that started the ball rolling for me. Instead of just walking on the treadmill 5 days a week, I began to incorporate ChaLEAN Extreme. I was pretty astounded at how my body changed almost immediately. After that, I found Shakeology. And I was grateful I did. I never was a vegetable girl.

Just feed me meat and potatoes and I was happy. Shakeology allowed me to incorporate veggies into my diet without actually eating veggies. It was after drinking that magical shake that I began to notice improvements in my skin, my hair, my nails, and my overall mood.

One Month Results from ChaLEAN Extreme

One Month Results from ChaLEAN Extreme

Skip ahead a few years and through more self-education, I realized that my diet was still not really what it should be. It was around this time that my niece realized she was gluten intolerant. It was kind of funny because when she explained to us how she figured it out, and described her symptoms, my husband turned to me and said, “This sounds like you!” And I brushed it off. Why? I couldn’t imagine myself giving up bread, cereal, and *gulp* beer! No…that can’t be my problem!

Now, it’s 2013 and I’m training for my first marathon. I’d really like to lose 5 pounds just so I can be more efficient and a bit lighter on my feet. I read that the best thing you can do is make a change in the way you eat everyday. And it seemed that going gluten free was something I had resisted up until that moment. Why don’t I give it a try? I was planning to lose the alcohol anyway for personal reasons, so this would be the time to snatch at the opportunity.

A little background. About 4-5 nights a week, I had a daily ritual. I’d have to lie down on my belly after dinner because the gas and bloating got so intense after eating a large meal. I’d pop Tums, Gas-X, whatever I could find to fight the battle. And it wasn’t just gas and bloating, but deep belly pain. The kind where it even hurts to lie on your belly, but you do it anyway because it is somehow better than NOT lying on your belly! I thought this was normal. I blamed it on eating too much, too fast. I blamed it on genetics. I blamed it on everything except the gluten.

The first day I went completely gluten free, I had no belly ache. The second day, no belly ache. Can you guess what happened the third day? You guessed it.

Not only that, but I started going to the bathroom regularly. And my hemorrhoids were shrinking. Oh, happy day!

And, after a month, I dropped 5 pounds.

Lots of Butter

Lots of Butter

Yeah, sometimes I miss the bread. Actually, I miss having something to slather butter on even more…not necessarily the bread.

But what I don’t miss are the debilitating belly aches.

If you have similar symptoms or if you have read this and are saying to yourself, “Hey! That’s me!” then please join me Tuesday night for a Twitter Chat about going gluten free. We’ll answer your questions and have a bit of fun as well! Plus, we are going to giveaway some Energybits to a lucky attendee! Here is how to get in on the giveaway. Fill out the Rafflecopter entry and then join us Tuesday night at 8pm ET in Twitter. Use the hashtag #PoweredByBits to participate. We’ll announce the winner at the chat!

Going Gluten-Free

Going Gluten-Free

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7 Responses to Going Gluten Free

  1. Lindsay M. says:

    I recently tried a group where you eat clean and post daily about how many steps you took each day. I just got behind on posting and then stopped eating clean. So yea that didn’t work out very well.

  2. Sherri S says:

    I have tried to give up sugar but its so hard. I have thought about doing it again but I feel I will fail since I am too close to the holidays.

    • A Running Chick says:

      It is hard. The hardest thing in the world to do. If you get sugar hankerings, reach for fresh fruit or raisins or dates. Typically, that helps a bunch. Eventually, your body adjusts to it and then you begin to crave that instead of the sugar! Keep trying, though. It does change your life.

  3. Colleen says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years, so it’s going great!

  4. Carlee says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for close to 9 years. I LOVE IT!

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