The detox is real you guys. This week, I definitely was feeling the symptoms of my gluten-free detox and it hasn't been the easiest to deal with but I know that it's for the best.
All week, I felt completely exhausted and lethargic. I'm not really one to ever crave a nap or oversleep, but this week I felt like I couldn't get enough. At the same time though, my body was also naturally waking up much earlier than usual, beating my alarm by about an hour and a half. When this happened, I'd check the time and then plop my head back onto the pillow until the alarm woke me, but then I'd feel gross waking up.
One of my goals for this coming week is to allow my body to just go ahead and wake up naturally and see if it increases my energy level vs. forcing myself to ease back into my old schedule.
Let's talk food. Eating gluten-free at home hasn't been too much of a struggle because I find that it's easy to prep meals or grab quick ingredients and snacks that won't affect me. However, it's eating out or getting hungry when I'm out that has been the hardest thing.
Until I went gluten-free, I felt like finding meals was so attainable because it felt like everyone was offering something. As it turns out, many locations are but they aren't always using the best ingredients and so you still feel kind of gross afterwards. On the flip side, I did find a location that was super accommodating and didn't make me feel like I was sacrificing flavor or options (shoutout to Mission BBQ!) AND I didn't get sick after eating there. The nature of my work requires that I be out quite a bit, so this is definitely something I am working on.
Not to be too TMI, but part of the detox comes with the body cleansing ... certain foods just don't agree with you during all of this and some foods that are good for you affect your body either more quickly or more intensely than they did before, ha! Because of this, I purchased a natural supplement that serves as a probiotic to help my body relax a little bit. It acts as a digestive aid and I take it after most meals. So far so good!
A week three goal: Prepare more snacks to have on the road so that I don't need to stop and try to find something.
My physical body? I've lost about four pounds solely from cutting gluten out of my diet, and most dairy. I was on a roll with sugar too, but I gave in to an ice cream craving mid-week (and oh, was it glorious).
I didn't do any of this to lose weight, in fact; I don't actually want to lose much weight but would love to tone a bit and get some muscle back.
A week three goal: Start incorporating regular exercise into the regimen.
I can't for certain say if it's related or not, but I've also had less of my neuropathy issue as well. All in all, I'm proud of how this is going and I look forward to learning more about gluten sensitivity ... the more that I learn the less I miss it!!