When I started Paleo, the pounds didn’t start melting off until I started doing IF. Unfortunately, that weight loss trend eventually wore off and I started gaining weight despite a significant calorie deficit and a pretty strict low carb diet ( <50g per day). So I decided to hell with it and reintroduce all the things I’d been avoiding. Things haven’t been great, but I’ve definitely been feeling a lot better.
That being said, after reintroducing gluten back into my diet, the problems I’d experienced on Paleo have now been replaced by new problems! Yay fun! It seems like small amounts don’t really bother me, but now that it’s more a part of my diet I feel really bloated all the time and my skin has been breaking out pretty badly. I’ve decided to go (mostly) gluten free and moderate carb to see if that improves things.
I found this wonderful resource for some basic gluten free recipes! They even have a yeast sandwich bread that got pretty good reviews. I’m also excited to try the Brazilian cheese buns and their pasta recipe.
And I picked up a cookbook for my Kindle on Amazon.com (I love America’s Test Kitchen, they do such good work). They go into really good detail and compare brands. This book doesn’t just have recipes, it has techniques and advice!
Many sources agree, the best GF all purpose flour is made from brown rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch. I am using Bob’s Redmill for now until my order from To Your Health arrives for some lovely sprouted brown rice flour. They also carry other gluten free flours I’m looking forward to trying. You can get smaller 2 lb quantities through Amazon.com.
This stuff will be slightly grainier than the stabilized brown rice flour from KAF and the more finely ground stuff found elsewhere. I’m ok with that, I’m used to whole wheat and I’d rather have sprouted grain. Also I’m not quite sure what “stabilized” means and what they’ve done to it to get it to that state. I really don’t mind storing mine in the fridge :)
These sources also recommend Xanthan Gum as a stabilizer. I don’t know how I would react to Xanthan Gum, I’ve had issues in the past with coconut milk that contained added stabilizers that didn’t agree with me. Now I’m going strong on my probiotic supplement and my stomach is less sensitive than it used to be when I was on Paleo. That being said, Chris Kresser has a great article talking about if Xanthan Gum is safe or not… his verdict is that it IS but it might cause some intestinal distress for some folks. Maybe it depends on how it’s made? I’m trying out Bob’s Redmill.
All that being said, I realize now that I have “carb sensitivity” and that while a long term low carb diet is not ideal for me, I should consider a moderate carb diet and continue to watch my intake. Once things have settled down a bit I’ll be making an appointment with a Naturopath to get some tests run and determine what the issue is. I am concerned I might have some mild hypothyroidism (probably from being so low carb for so long). I’m also concerned I may be pre-diabetic or have some symptoms of diabetes (it runs in my family).
I was particularly inspired to seek out medical help from this blog entry! The reason I haven’t before is because I wasn’t sure what kind of doctor I should seek out or what I should be asking about. This really helped to give me some direction.
So all that being said, I’m not really interested in being on a “diet” but I would like to find a way of eating that is reasonable and that works for my body. I’m not going totally gluten free because I don’t think my issues are that severe, but it’s clear that excessive gluten is playing a role in my body chemistry. Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out and lose all the weight I’ve managed to gain back.
For the past month I’ve been reintroducing grains and beans back into my diet after nearly 3 years on Paleo. I scoured the internet looking for advice but I wasn’t able to find much. My digestive system seems to have finally adjusted so I’m sharing my experience and offerening some tips.
First off, if you’re like me, you got on the Paleo bus just as it was becoming a big fad. I followed the Primal Blueprint and because I wasn’t a super athlete and seeking to lose weight, I followed Mark Sisson’s instructions and stayed low-low carb until I got to my ideal weight (which I never did). I didn’t exclude dairy but I wasn’t eating much in the way of starch or fiber beyond what I got from vegetables. The argument was we don’t need fiber, fat works just as well. Now of course, the Paleo gurus are admitting the importance of starch and fiber especially for intestinal health. As a result of blindly following their initial advice, my gastric micro-flora and fauna changed for the worse. I stopped being able to digest things I’d never had a problem with before — tomatoes in particular. I started eating coconut flour bread to bulk up but found I couldn’t eat more than 2 small slices per day without getting backed up. I’ve never had problems with constipation in my life.
Fast forward to present day, suddenly eating a bowl of oatmeal is causing me a lot of gastric pain and pressure. I’m vacillating between diahrrea and constipation, I’m clearly not digesting my food, and boy am I gassy. Well, I’m happy to say after a week of following a few simple things, my body is finally (mostly) back to normal.
And that’s pretty much it. Obviously you’ll have to adjust this for yourself and of course consult a doctor if things don’t improve.