I have a policy that it’s good to question everything. Especially one’s own beliefs.
When two of my aunts were diagnosed with coeliac disease a few months apart, I decided it was time to question my decision to (mostly) avoid gluten.
I got myself tested.
The current testing here in Australia looks for antibodies which indicate your body is having an immune response to gluten. But if you haven’t been exposed to gluten then you can get a ‘false negative’ result.
So to be tested properly, you need to eat some gluten before.
Ooh and to cook up a pot of farro, one of my favourite favourite grains.
I was also curious to see what the extra carbs would do for my blood sugar.
So I made sure my ‘gluten week’ happened when I was wearing a continuous blood sugar monitor. Which tracks your glucose levels 24/7.
What was my ‘discovery’?
There was bloating and higher than normal blood sugar, as expected.
But the thing I found fascinating was the impact on my hunger and satiety levels.
Intellectually I know all about the blood sugar roller coaster.
However, it was amazing to observe how out of whack my appetite became.
Since I’ve been eating low carb and getting into Mindful Eating, my hunger is pretty in control.
When I eat I feel when it’s time to stop before I’m over-stuffed.
But during Gluten / Carb week, I was ravenous many times.
And unable to stop myself.
It wasn’t pretty.
Long story short, I couldn’t wait to get back to my normal Low Carb ways.
It’s good to question everything.
It’s also nice to confirm what you’re doing is the right thing for you!
More special diet experiments
- 3 Reasons I LOVE Eating Low Carb
- 10 Surprising Lessons from Local Food Month
- 9 Fun Discoveries from Vegan Week
- My 3 Biggest Lessons from Paleo Month
- My Month of ‘Quitting’ Sugar…
- The Number 1 Mistake of New Vegetarians
What about you?
Have you done any dietary ‘experiments’ lately?
I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.