© 2012 jen

Gut Reactions 2.0

It’s been 3 days since I’ve had gluten and I feel like a different person.

I’m going to a friend’s wedding in a few hours so I’m all dolled up and I thought I’d show you how my body is evolving in just a few days.

However, my body’s changes are nothing compared to the most dramatic change of all- the sense of calm I feel. I’ve never in my life felt so calm. Similar to how I feel after meditating, but such a deeper level of calm than meditation has ever done for me.

I also feel really alert and clear headed like I’m not sure I’ve ever felt before in my life. Ordinarily I struggle with concentration in the afternoons, but now my ability to concentrate seems more sustained throughout the day. Well, that is, so far anyway.

My muscles don’t hurt or tense up like they used to. I used to have to stretch constantly when running because my body would more or less seize up. My muscles are so much more nimble and it’s only been 3 days.

My body doesn’t itch or feel swollen at all, which those were normal parts of my existence up until 3 days ago. My insides feel calm. My stomach isn’t in a constant state of gurgling.

I’m sneezing and sniffling less too.

I’m starving like I’ve not felt in years. Normally, I don’t have normal hunger pangs, I’d start to feel weak, headachy and dizzy and that would be the sign that I was hungry. Now, I cannot eat fast enough. I went to a friend’s house and she had a caprese salad, which I decided I had to eat all of. Then I had an enormous plate of nachos and ate the whole thing again. I wasn’t even that full afterward.

So, since I’ve been on a roll with the bathroom talk, why stop now? Here’s something interesting, I peed for about 18 hours in about 15 minute intervals between day one and two of no gluten. After I was done with that, I did the same thing with bowel movements. My body is really letting go of some old stored up stuff. It was pretty unbelievable to eliminate so much in such a short period of time.

Here’s another interesting thing. I’ve had problems with my hands for years from doing all of the knit, crochet and sewing with my handmade businesses. I thought pain in my hands after hours of work was my normal, but I’ve been knitting in the last few days, making a sweater for my dog and I have NO HAND PAIN!

It’s weird the way that gluten has been affecting me. I feel like for me it’s affects are mostly on my emotions and my muscles, not my belly.

I’m so glad that I’m going g-free. I feel like the world is opening up for me in a totally new way. I had no idea how much I’ve been suffering with this disease. I feel so happy, content and good and I’m pretty sure the best is still yet to come- once I’m fully healed.

Going g-free might be one of the greatest opportunities I’ve had in a long time and I’m grateful for it.

How about you? Is anyone worried that they too might have a gluten sensitivity or allergy? If so, what do you plan to do about it?




  1. Posted September 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm | #

    wow. this is pretty amazing. the clear headedness really gets me. I’ve been feeling foggy headed for about 12months now… Fantastic results so far. Maybe, just like cow’s milk, we are not really made for gluten.
    Great dress!

  2. Tracey
    Posted October 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | #

    So glad to hear that things are getting better. I will look forward to hearing about your progress. I ran the race route yesterday and ran all 3.1 miles except for about 2/10 up a hill. It felt great to know I can do it. Now on to race day!! Here’s hoping you continue to see great progress in your health!

    • Posted October 6, 2012 at 7:31 pm | #

      Thank you, Tracey! How’s race practice coming along? How much longer till the race and what’s it called? Just curious. I’m curious about who does what races, because I might want to run one some day. Lots of luck!

  3. Tracey
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:41 pm | #

    I ran my first race on Saturday. It was Athena’s Run which is for Gynecological Cancers. My co-worker’s 25 year old wife was just diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer so it was the perfect race for me to be able to participate in. It was probably a couple of weeks too early in my training, but I made it in 41:46 which was my best time to date for 3.2 miles. It felt like such an achievement to make it! Unfortunately I sustained a small injury which bums me out since I now need to take a few days off to let it heel. I have been dealing with some calf pain and on the first hill, my calf seized up, but thankfully it did not impeded me from finishing the race. I now have a huge bruise so I guess it is a calf strain. Hopefully a few days off will be just what I need. I know that is probably happened because I went from running 2 miles to over 3 in a very short period of time. I am planning on doing my next race on December 1st so there will be plenty of time to heal and build back up to 3 miles and hopefully my body will have all the time it needs to adjust like it has with any of the other aches and pains that I have dealt with along the way. When you are up to it, plan to do a race, It was an awesome experience.

  4. Tracey
    Posted October 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm | #

    Oops. Just noticed the typos in my earlier post.