Friday, October 4, 2013

Day 4: A Challenge

I had originally planned to blog today about Paleo and some of the other related "diets" (I really hate that word), but here it is 10:00pm and I am just sitting down to write. I had a busy (and awesome) day today and have an early run tomorrow morning, so instead of trying to do justice to such a huge topic in such a short time I'm going to offer you a challenge.

If you are at all familiar with the Paleo diet, you probably know that it is based on the premise that our pre-agricultural ancestors were largely free of the myriad diseases affecting modern Westernized cultures today, and that one of the biggest culprits is grain. The theory is that humans have not evolved to the point where we can effectively and efficiently digest and utilize proteins found in grains, especially gluten.

I myself first discovered Paleo last year after reading (well, listening to) Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. I am kind of a science nerd at heart, so what he said fascinated me and I immediately embarked upon my "gluten-free August" experiment as well as a hunt for more information.

What I learned in that short long month was that I did indeed feel better when I was not eating gluten. I felt less bloated and had more energy. The biggest take-away for me was that once my experiment was over and I went back to being a gluten glutton, I could feel the effects of it. I could directly attribute feeling like crap to what I had just eaten.

I mentioned that the day before I started this 31 day challenge, I threw a little junk food party for myself. A carb and sugar fest, if you will. And that shit knocked me on my ass. Literally. I fell asleep and had to be dragged out of bed to tend to my kids, with a raging headache no less (mind you, two of them are teens and could have tended to themselves quite adequately, so don't judge me too harshly!).

I felt the effects of my gluttony into the next day. But now, a mere four days after cutting gluten out of my diet again, I feel like a different person. I have bounced out of bed bright and early after a good night's sleep. I haven't needed a mid-afternoon nap (or a late-afternoon nap, or an early evening nap). I have been kick-ass productive. Four days. Technically three and a half, because in my Oreo hangover, I did actually have a bagel for breakfast the first morning.

So my challenge to you is...give it up! Go gluten-free. Try it for three days and see if you feel better. Then, eat a healthy big  ol' serving of sweet gluten-y goodness and see how you feel. Then share your results with me in the comments!

I ask you, who would you rather be?

Just do it!

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