I decided to experiment on myself. I did not randomize, have a control group, and it was not a blind study. The results were still conclusive.
Have you ever gotten up in the morning and thought, “today would be a great day to start a juice fast?” Me either, until Wednesday. I have been feeling bloated and just blah. With vacation eating and lunch meetings, I had strayed from my low gluten and lactose diet for the past few weeks.
With Easter and Passover coming up, a lot of us are trying to figure out how to enjoy large family meals and stay close to our diets. My immediate family has become used to my odd habits. Many times I get asked if I can eat something as opposed to “here take this, it’s great”. When it is a larger gathering, there are usually several healthy options and it is up to me to keep the deserts and other things off of the plate. Everyone is there to enjoy the time together and catch up on everyone’s lives. Eating is secondary. Every family has its traditions and by all means you should take part. A few bites of Grandma’s famous _____, is OK. Do not feel guilty the rest of the day. The four glasses of wine at a Passover Seder meal…well enjoy. The important things are to celebrate the occasion and the family and friends that are gathered. That being said, here are some of my tricks. Please share your own.
- Take a dish of something that is on your diet with you. Not only can you enjoy it but there are likely other people there that will appreciate having a healthy option.
- Workout before you go. Today is actually National Walking Day. Do not depend on working out after the meal. You will be tired and it may be late. That is a dangerous combination that kills many plans to work out.
- Drink a couple glasses of water before you go or when you get there. I have heard that you should eat before going. However, I always feel like I am eating an extra meal. Like grocery shopping, it is not smart to show up starving.
Every time I hear the word ‘sensitive’ I think of a high school friend that was getting frustrated with a couple of us teasing her about something. Someone told her “don’t be so sensitive we’re just kidding.” She yelled back at us, teeth gritting: “I’m not sensitive”. While that did stop us from teasing her–about what I don’t remember–we all had a laugh at the ironic delivery of her declaration.
I have a few self-diagnosed food sensitivities. No real allergies or Celiac disease or any of the truly horrible things that many people have to live with. I was a soy baby but dairy did make it back into my life. I took lactate pills occasionally in my teen years. I really did not believe that it was a big deal unless I wanted some cafe con leche (warm milk was always worse) or to binge on pizza. Recently, I have been using a coconut based creamer in my coffee and have not had a lot of other dairy products simply as a product of my current diet. I do feel consistently less bloated. This could also be because I have cut way back on gluten. I am not gluten free and hope I never have to be. Just cutting down has been a struggle. Sub sandwiches taste so wonderful but make me feel off for a few days after. I have yet to figure out if it is the bread, the filler in the meat or something else.