First, I need to thank all of you for your kind words yesterday! Bloggers and runners make the best friends 🙂
Now, on to my gluten free for 30 days thingy-majig.
Yesterday I went to the dentist and was chatting with my dental hygienist. Somehow we got on to the topic of my chronic sinusitis. Apparently she had the (seemingly) exact same problem- started in high school with a ton of sinus/allergy related headaches, continued on into her 20’s when she found out she had chronic sinus problems. Sounds exactly like me.
Back in her 20’s, she talked with a specialist who suggested eliminating dairy and gluten for a month or 2 (since nothing else seemed to help). Dairy and gluten can cause inflammation in some individuals, and this could lead to inflammation of the sinuses.
I know we aren’t the same person. I know it could be a myriad of things (heck it could just be the anatomy of my sinuses-actually I know that’s part of it). BUT I also know it’s an easy thing for me to try.
NOW, she said dairy AND gluten free. But the scientist in Kyle and me (read- nerdy side) thinks that it doesn’t make sense to eliminate 2 items from my diet at once. If my sinus issues start to clear up, I won’t have any idea if it was the dairy or gluten or both. It makes more sense to do these “studies” back to back (gluten first, followed by dairy).
Kyle also suggested that I just get allergy tested. I like and dislike this idea. I would find out right away what I am allergic to, but I also have to get pricked. Bleh. I’ll probably do this anyways, but I like the idea of trying a diet for 30 days.
So for the next 30 days I will be a happy camper, enjoying my frozen yogurt.
For the gluten-free aspect. Well, there are a lot of great options out there these days. It will still be a challenge for me. I don’t eat it often, but I love my fresh baked bread, whole wheat pasta, and don’t even get me started on bagel Saturdays with Kyle.
I want to add that I really hate when people automatically think gluten-free = healthy.
Sorry, your gluten-free brownies and chicken nuggets do not make you healthier than me. Yes, I’ve had people imply this.
Don’t get me wrong, eliminating gluten can help a lot of people. BUT people without a sensitivity, allergy, celiac disease, etc., don’t necessarily have anything to fear. Honestly, if I find out that eliminating gluten doesn’t cure any of my issues, I’m bringing it back into my diet.
So, this should be interesting. I can’t wait to experiment with recipes. I know a lot of you out there are gluten and dairy free, so feel free to offer tips or recipes! It will be greatly appreciated!