Well as we are now on week three of the new way of eating (not to be called a diet as that sounds as if the intention is to lose weight when my intention is not to be hungry!) I thought I would take stock of what I have been doing and what I think about it.
Firstly and very clearly, having given up bread and wheat products is having a definite and good effect on my wellbeing. In some ways I am quite sad about this as I love bread and baking so in a contrary way I was rather hoping that giving up bread would make no difference. Not so. There is not much doubt that my IBS is much better on a wheat free diet. That is a bit ironic since I didn't decide to give up wheat with an eye to improving the IBS but more because it seemed possible that it might help with hypothyroidism. I have no idea what sort of impact it is making on the thyroid issue but there is no doubt at all that it is helping my gut! Hi ho. I will have to keep the very occasional slice of homemade bread for a treat. I don't think I could bear it if I thought I would never eat bread again but I can bear eating very little bread in exchange for a much calmer and more comfortable stomach at the beginning of every day.
Giving up wheat has not in fact been as difficult as I thought it might be. I have adopted rice cakes instead of bread and crackers and the fact that they are nothing like as nice simply means I eat fewer of them than I would of the bread and crackers they are replacing. Most of my wheat used to come in the form of bread or flour in cakes and pastry. I have also given up pasta which is no real hardship for me. I like rice and potatoes and they seem to be giving me the carbohydrate. Eating at home is easy as I cook everything from scratch anyway so I am not being caught out by the sneaky introduction of wheat products into things which you would simply not expect to contain them. Tomato ketchup for example, who would have thought it? Eating out is a bit more difficult as is eating on the move when my instinct is to go for a sandwich. In fact restaurant eating is easier than eating on the go. In restaurants and cafes simply going for dishes which are pretty close to their natural state such as a piece of fish or chicken without sauce and plenty of vegetables seems to fit
the bill. On our weekly trips to Devon it is harder to find things to eat at motorway services where so many things seem to be bread based. Salads are fine and with some hot dishes such as burgers I simply discard the bun. So I am finding that it can be done.
I haven't really found myself missing anything desperately apart from new bread when it comes out of the oven! I did have a piece when I baked earlier this week. There are some pleasures which are necessary for a good life!
The other suggestions were to eat more protein and to reduce caffeine. Again both of those have been fine. One rather sad discovery last night was that gin seems to set me off. I haven't had a gin and tonic for months and months but I had one last night and my stomach really didn't like it. Poor form, stomach! Ah well, at least there is still wine. And fresh eggs!
So for now I will stick with it, at least for the couple of months I had originally intended. I am also trying to walk more and do some yoga most days so with luck and consistency perhaps I will get my bounce back!