Today is day....9 or 10 in my gluten free experiment that I am conducting on myself for my friend Kim (she's in super smart school taking super smart courses about eating and stuff). In passing one day, she asked if I would be her test subject for a gluten diet and although we really didn't discuss it further, I thought it may be a fun idea. Alas, day 9.
The first few days were what i will call "weening" days. I still had wheat products but just less of them. By this past Monday, they were all but gone from my eating menu. Which is a lot harder than you might think. Wheat is in EVERYTHING!! Even toothpaste I have been recently told. WTF?
Other than that, nothing has changed. I haven't changed my exercise routines, my snacking or meal plans...nada. Business as usual. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing because today is the very first day where I find myself feeling exhausted and run down. Sure the cravings have been brutal and the urge to eat a bagel has sometimes been overwhelming but up until now I have stayed strong. Last night, I dreamt (all night long) about making my own garlic bread loaves. How desperate can I get. Dreaming about bread? Cmon!
Anyway, ya...today I feel like crap. I played squash last night and it was clear that I just didn't have the energy that I normally did. I usually lead in games by at least a 6 or 7 game margin but last night we tied at 5 all. A far cry from my slaying of my partner last week at 9/2. Same with my tennis game as of late. I am mentally there on the court but physically my body is not moving with the speed and agility I am used to. I am so tired and wiped. I am not sure if it is a result of all this no gluten products or not. Maybe my body is just going through one of the phases associated with this transition. Are there phases....who knows?
What I do know is that I would love to go back to bed....after eating a large pizza. Or maybe just a plate of Pad Thai. I am not sure how I am going to make it through these next 3 weeks.