diet change

Yesterday I stopped eating refined sugar and wheat and I feel really weird. I ate quite a lot of potato yesterday but couldnt face any more potato today. There is a funny feeling in my gut. I have had this before when I have gone on diets and it has only got worse untill I give up the diet. I am eating plenty and have had porridge with dried apricots for breakfast and rye bread with organic smoked salmon and salad for lunch but feel weird. Gluten free lasagne for tea. Does anyone else relate to this.

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  • mandyjane, 

    Giving up refined sugar and wheat has to be a good thing and if you feel strange it is just your body readjusting.

    Potatoes contain a lot of carbs that convert into sugars so should only be eaten in moderation and always with fats and protein to slow absorption . 

    Carbs are important for thyroid hormone synthesis but we actually require a lot less than we think. Make up the remainder of your meals will loads of veg and a small amount of protein eaten 3 times daily.

    If you are introducing lots of new foods that are gluten free, be aware of any intolerances. I can't eat hemp or amaranth at all as bloat my stomach and make me feel strange.

    If you persevere, I am sure you will feel the benefits soon.

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    Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.

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  • Thankyou flower. I am not actually craving food which is good and I am not craving the biscuits and cake I usually crave so that is good but just feel strange and a bit off all food.

  • mandyjane,

    The longer you eliminate sugar from your diet the easier it becomes.

    The cravings are due to blood sugar imbalances and as these level (without the big insulin spikes seen after eating sugar), sugar cravings become less.

    Well done for not having any. If you do have a craving, have an action plan until the moment has passed. I usually do a bit of yoga or something. 

  • Have you considered taking some supplements to help your gut?  Perhaps probiotics, or digestive enzymes or maybe something such as slippery elm?

  • My dentist suggested slippery elm a while ago. When I can afford some more supplements Ill get some. I eat lots of yogart and saukraut to get probiotics.

  • check the sugar in yoghourt,discovered the nice fig yoghourt. liked had 18%, vanilla 11% 

  • I only eat natural yogart

  • Anything with more than 4.7% sugar has had sugar added to it (that includes natural, fat free ones are the worst, go for whole versions)

    I gave up nightshades as well and that seems to have helped (tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergine,  potato (sweet are ok), paprika)

  • That is still variable in sugar.I have found Greek type to be the lowest at under 4g for every 100g.

  • I have only given up refined sugar not naturally occurring sugars but I do love greek yogart.

  • Sudden changes in diet tend to make you feel pretty funny. Add to that the addiction element and you can easily feel pretty strange for a while. 

    Hang in there, it most certainly is possible. Not that I have been able to keep off sugar for any length of time. But I have been almost totally GF (croissants in France always get to me a few days before home time) for over five years.

  • Thanks Ruthi.

  • Hi 

    Gluten and wheat contain opiates. So going gluten and wheat free is like withdrawing from opiates. I suspect but of course cannot be sure that that is why you are feeling weird.

    If you google the gluten syndrome it will go into much more detail. Regards

  • "I am eating plenty and have had porridge with dried apricots for breakfast and rye bread "

    I've been trying to be gluten free for a while and not come right, in fact feel much worse so have done some more research this morning on everything to avoid if eliminating gluten... and rye and oats were on the list. 

    There are gluten free oats but the usual ones are apparently cross contaminated there's even suggestions that if you use gluten free bread for toast to get your own toaster !!!

    Hope this helps 

    Tina

  • I am aiming to be wheat free not gluton free as yet. I am awaiting a book with more information called the micronutriant miricle but know it advises wheat and sugar free.

  • It is your microbiome adjusting to its new menu.  Has it settled down yet?

    Have you heard of kefir regenerate-wellness.com/kef... or chriskresser.com/kefir-the-... it is a very beneficial probiotic that provides lots of health benefits.

  • Yes my stomach feels fine now, all settled down. I have tried kefir which is nice stuff but I tend to eat sauerkraut for my little tummy friends. I will lokk up those links to posted. I can get kefir though a local delivery firm.

  • It is great that it is available but commercial kefir is not the same thing as home made.  There are only about 12 cultures maximum in commercial whereas fresh made up has anything upward of 30 (depending on who you listen to).  It is extremely versatile as it can be sweet or savoury, cheese, cow/goat/sheep/coconut/almond/soya/etc milk according to preference, and more besides.  And its benefits survive digestion.  As well as the milk variety there is a water type as well that can be used to make something like a sugar free lemonade and is great for stripping the sugars out of fruit juices.

    I don't know much about sauerkraut probiotics other than there are about half as many as in kefir. I did consider it when I first started with probiotics but I'm not much of a cabbage fan so decided to give it a miss.

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