17DD Success, Gluten Avoidance and Vit D
Thursday, November 17, 2011
This a repeat of a 17DD topic post. Most of my 17DD team members know that I'm constantly cautioning members when they add gluten back in to their diets on Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 (like Dr. Mike's power cookies which have oatmeal and whole wheat). For those who don't know the first 17 day cycle is a cleansing cycle and eliminates most processed foods. At least once a day when someone wants tips for those cycles, or if someone complains about not losing weight I urge them to keep a food diary and notice how their body reacts when they add back in certain starches that contain gluten. Now I have confirmation that I was correct.
I went to my rheumatologist for my bi-annual check up for my fibromyalgia. Of course, he congratulated me on my weight loss (60 lbs since he last saw me). my excellent numbers for blood test results and my lower blood pressure. He actually gave me a real physical pat on the back.
I told him all about Sparkpeople (he wrote it down to suggest it to other patients), and I explained all about the 17DD. I told him in detail what foods were allowed in each cycle. He nodded his head knowingly, when I told him that I don't lose weight when I eat oatmeal or whole wheat, even if my calorie count is under 1200 calories. He questioned me how else I felt when I ate those foods and I explained that my cravings and hunger return, and I have also gotten stomach aches.
When I told him that I feel better on this diet than I have in years because I have less pain and have more energy, he said that there were two major reasons for my feeling better:
1. My Vitamin D level is now 47 which is great. It had been dangerously low (below 20) six months ago. He said everyone in the Northern Hemisphere should take Vit D supplements and told me to continue taking 4000 mg /day. (Google Vit D deficiency)
2. NO GLUTEN - He said that the main reason I feel better is because I have eliminated Gluten. He explained that Gluten can cause pain and inflammation among a lot of other things.
The nutritionist yesterday, also mentioned gluten. She blames the problem not just on gluten from processing, but also the GMO wheat they use in the U.S. She said that she eliminated it from her diet 7 years ago and feels a lot better since doing so.
So, forgive me if I sound like a broken record and keep mentioning gluten sensitivity. I think it may be at the root of a lot of our problems with weight and ill health. You don't have to be diagnosed with Celiac disease to have a problem with gluten. Next time the scale goes up, don't just assume it's because of sodium. Ask yourself if you ate anything with gluten. Check the list. You'll be surprised at how many things have gluten besides the obvious grains - like soy sauce and even yogurt!