Gluten Free – the results after almost a month

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Many of you know that I went completely off of all wheat and gluten-containing products as of March 13th, and though it’s been difficult at times, it’s been much easier than I thought it would be. Below is the list of changes it’s brought on for me in my daily life, my performance in my workouts and my overall health and fitness. And by the way, I’d recommend giving it a try – the impact for me has been remarkable!

  1. I’m not stuffing myself full of bread or chips when I first sit down at a restaurant. I used to be the devourer of bread – when it was brought to the table, the entire basket or loaf was as good as gone.
  2. I feel more “streamlined” – not lighter (I haven’t lost any weight, or gained any either), just feel more compact.
  3. I’ve set 3 or 4 personal records since starting (not sure if this is related), most recently dropping 4 minutes off my “Elizabeth” time.
  4. I’m ordering different, more diverse (and healthy) choices off the menu when I eat out at restaurants since bread, pasta and any wheat product simply aren’t options.
  5. I’ve eliminated all wheat-containing deserts – and while I miss them (sort of), there are other things for desert (If I really want it) that are delicious (like ice cream!)
  6. I’m not getting bloated after meals – no more stomach discomfort, bloating, gas – and though I didn’t notice it that much before, NOT having this is definitely noticeable!
  7. I tried eating cupcakes last night (the first real wheat I’ve had in almost a month) out of sheer gluttony. I ate 4 mini-cakes from a place in Santa Monica called “Vanilla”. They were absolutely delicious! However, about 3 hours later, I had the most intense stomach cramping I’ve ever had in my life. It lasted for 3-5 hours… doubled over in pain, felt like I was going to die, did anything to relieve it including forcing myself to throw up (nasty). Laid down in bed and somehow fell asleep – and at 2 am when I woke up, the pain was completely gone. I think it was a reaction to gluten since it disappeared so fast and left no noticeable trace ; and while the pleasure of the cupcakes was incredible, it was definitely not worth the pain! I would never have known that I was that intolerant of gluten had I not been off of it for the past month.

My conclusion… while it’s slightly more difficult to stay gluten and wheat free, the benefits greatly outweigh the cost – and I’ll do anything to avoid the pain I had last night… so gluten free for me it is!

Tuesday was our first workout in our new digs at 3201 Santa Monica Blvd (Jane’s looking good in those kettlebell swings), and while it’s going to take some getting used to, man does it feel nice!

Today’s Workout
Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes in the following sequence of:
2, 4, 6, 8… Turkish Get-Up Mills (Turkish get-up with a a windmill at the top)
2, 4, 6, 8… Pistols (one legged squats)
10 Push ups
– for example: on the third round, you would do 6 tgu-mills, 6 pistols and 10 push-ups



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