In case you’re new to the blog, my name is Shannon and I’ve been writing A Pinch of Ginger since December 2010. I write a little about my every day life, but mainly about my experiences in running, Crossfit and food. I’m also one of the newest Sweat Pink Ambassadors!
If you’re an old reader- welcome back!
I was talking with my coworkers yesterday about the changes my body has undergone since college and even more so in the last 6 months since going Paleo. I will admit that I do not follow a strict Paleo diet (I choose to eat dairy and occasionally have alcohol) but one part I am very strict about following is the elimination of grains.
I have played around with eating grains since January of last year and since completely eliminating them from my diet, I have had pretty extreme adverse reactions to consuming even the tiniest bit of gluten. Until yesterday, I wrote the reactions off to adaptation from the diet, however after reading a post on Marks’ Daily Apple yesterday, my symptoms may actually be the result of gluten sensitivity.
I want to include that this is complete self-diagnosis and I am not a trained medical professional. Although I do not hold a degree in medicine, I know my body and the reactions I endure from food, exercise and the lack of each. The symptoms I have (frequent trips to the bathroom, bloating, abdominal pain, headache) have occurred directly after consuming grains and I have described them before as a “grains hangover.”
So what does this mean for my future and the future of A Pinch of Ginger? You’ll be seeing a lot less of grains in my recipes (even the fall baking) GASP! It doesn’t mean that I won’t indulge from time to time (hello fall beer festivals) but I will have to plan to be home the following day to endure the aftermath of my choices. It also means that while training for the Philadelphia Marathon in November, I will have to be even more careful about how I fuel my body. That’s another post for another time.
I highly suggest you all taking a look at Mark’s post to see if you fall into the ‘gluten sensitivity’ category. I believe there may be more of us than we’re aware.
Question of the day: Do you fall into the category of gluten sensitivity? Did you discover this from a Paleo Diet?