Wow, five weeks!
I can honestly say that I can genuinely see a real difference when I glance in the mirror. My facial skin tone has evened out so much. No redness, no red areas. I don’t have to examine my face to see this – it’s obvious as soon as I catch my reflection.
I heard someone say once that it takes 4 weeks to notice a change in yourself, 8 weeks for your friends and family to notice and 12 weeks for everyone else.
So I’m going to be hoping that at some point in the next few weeks someone, somewhere will tell me I’m looking well. Just a simple mention will make me feel like the changes are so real that others can see them and not just me.
On the downside, I’ve been plagued with mouth ulcers this week (four!) and my eczema is still itching a lot.
My percentages this week were a little lower than last week, mainly because I’ve been eating more cooked food, while my raw intake has stayed the same. My period was due and I have been very hungry. It arrived Saturday and my appetite has definitely tailed off since then.
So, I think I need to start thinking about next steps. I’m not getting the results I want at the moment – my weight is stable but I’m not losing my wobbly tummy. The mouth ulcers and eczema are really bothering me. I’ve had a few small pimples crop up too.
I think the problem with my current diet is that aside from the raw food, I’m still eating:
- processed food
- takeaway food
Yesterday for example, we went out for a family lunch at Pizza Express. I had a lovely Fiorentina pizza (yumbo!), but I was so bloated and tired afterwards for hours. I couldn’t eat a proper meal in the evening. My stomach swelled right up and made me look pregnant (which sadly, I am not) and I felt really exhausted.
It’s almost as though I am now more sensitive to the foods that don’t agree with me than I was when I was eating crap all the time!
I did a home blood test for coeliac disease last year and it was positive. The follow up blood test at my doctors was negative (although there was one “unexplained inflammatory marker”), so no further action was taken. I have had problems with bloating, cramps, diarrhoea and constipation for a long time (as well as increasingly bad joint pain), but these things have improved considerably since I cut down on wheat. I used to eat pasta all the time and sandwiches every day, so cutting back, even though my official test was negative, seemed like a sensible decision.
I’m beginning to wonder if I should just experiment with going totally gluten free, and whether that should be the next step.
The scariest thing about coeliac disease for me is that is has been linked with recurrent miscarriages – so the conflicting results from the home and lab test are a bit of a warning light really.
Probably damn obvious I should just stop eating gluten and see how much difference it actually makes.
Ah well, nothing to lose, everything to gain.
Gluten free starts today 🙂