Let’s talk carbs, shall we? I live primarily gluten-free, but am never extremely strict when I go out. Of course, I’m not the person who orders french toast or pancakes anymore either, so it’s pretty easy to stay on the gluten-free kick if I go out. However, I’ve noticed for a while that it’s super difficult to get an adequate amount of fiber in my system every day being gluten-free and lower carb. Yes, you can get it from veggies and fruits, but I don’t eat many fruits and I’m not about to eat 8 cups of veggies just to get fiber. I eat veggies because they’re healthy and full of nutrients, but too much of anything isn’t good for everyone. Veggies in massive excess make me bloat, and I already have tendencies to retain water from my bitchy Lupus kidneys.
So I’m in search of fiber. Before you say, “eat beans or lentils”, my answer to you is already “no”. Do you know how carby beans and lentils are? I had a trainer once who had me go vegetarian for 2 weeks to shock my system, and it was the worst 2 weeks of my food life. Not only do I not like beans and can’t do lentils too much, these things make me bloat as well. Guess what? Everything makes me bloat.
I went gluten-free not because I’m Celiac, not because it’s “trendy”, and not because gluten gives me terrible hives, migraines or other reactions. I did it because I try to eat a somewhat anti-inflammatory diet. Lupus is all about inflammation. Joints, skin, organs affected. Gluten and dairy are inflammatory and so I like to stay away from them. Aside from that, I’ve felt quite good not eating things with gluten. Like I said, I control what I can at home, but when I go out I’m not too much of a stickler about it.
Here’s the funny thing: when I was following IIFYM pretty strictly in 2014, I used to eat everything. All the gluten. The cereal, bread, tortillas, whatever I wanted. My carbs were super high and I needed to fill them, and I couldn’t with just veggies and fruit. When I ate those things, they didn’t make me feel bad. In fact, my goals were much easier to achieve and maintain.
Which brings me to now. I’ve been eating higher fat, lower carb for quite some time, and I find that my effort doesn’t match my results, plus my performance in the gym isn’t consistently as intense even though my determination is there. So it’s time to shake things up a bit in my diet department. We need to keep learning and changing habits when we find that something isn’t working anymore for us. I’m going to try to reintroduce some Ezekiel bread and high fiber tortillas to my diet this week and see how I feel, and I’ll report on the results to that.
Honestly, I have to say I’m pretty proud that I’ve held it together mentally on this food life chapter, because when you don’t see results that you should, it would probably be easy to dive face first into some cake from Extraordinary Desserts. Which I haven’t done… yet 😉