In my continuing research, because this is clearly on my mind, I decided to look and see if a gluten sensitivity can cause a weight loss plateau (or even a gain in some people). Guess what! It can, according to a couple articles like this one from the Livestrong website. One thought that I had was that of course decreasing such foods will cause weight loss because many of these foods have carbs. I'm sure I don't have to go into low carb diets (which, by the way, I don't really agree with - personal thing). The difference is that there are foods that still contain higher carb values that do not have gluten (looking at you, potatoes).
I've decided that it would probably be a good idea to go and get the testing done. In thinking back over patterns and how I've felt, as well as other health concerns, it seems like a gluten sensitivity would be a possible concern for me. Naturally, being impatient as I sometimes I am, I want to transition into gluten free eating soon. Like now. However, if I do this, that could cause the lab to show a false negative, which would not solve anything. In that case I'd either have an incorrect answer or have to have a biopsy done, which I'd prefer not to do.
This stinks because... I really want to know if changing my eating will change how I feel, and possibly get me back on the weight loss track. I'd also like to stop experiencing pain, cramping, bloating, gas, and other such things as soon as possible. I really call the doc and see when I can get in for a general check-up and to get some labs ordered. The sooner I call, the sooner I get the labs done, and the sooner I can change my eating habits without fear of worrying about impacting on a lab value. Also, knowing would answer some questions and would help me get back on track.
I find all of this interesting because I NEVER would've even considered this a possibility. As I said in a previous post, it's easier to attribute it to other small things. I think I also had an idea in mind of what someone with Celiac or even a gluten intolerance would present like.... The symptoms I had in mind were not what I experienced. Now that I've read about how everyone experiences it differently, I'm opening my mind to the idea of it. Even if testing for Celiac is negative I'll probably still try gluten free eating. A sensitivity may not show up on the labs (I'd have to read the articles again to be sure of an answer either way... lots of info to take in).
I suppose what I need to do is call the doc and get the blood draw done so I can find out if it is a gluten sensitivity or something else. The good that would come out of it being determined as a sensitivity would be that I might know why I've struggled for over six months to lose weight. If it is, in fact, a sensitivity, it might be causing a plateau. I realize it may not. I'm so hard on myself when it comes to "reasons" preventing loss. I'm the kind of person who wants to think it's me doing something wrong (I mean, I never had a problem before!). Accepting that it could be a medical reason is difficult for me. I feel like in just thinking that a sensitivity might be a reason for a plateau, I'm searching for an excuse.
I don't want an excuse. I don't like excuses. I want the results of the hard work I'm doing to show. But that's not happening. No matter what changes I've made I've seen no results. I can't help but wonder if I put the axe on the gluten, will I start losing again? It seems that when I do lose, it's when I'm eating less. Then I gain it all bad (blaming it on sodium or behaving worse than I thought I had over the weekend). I guess it could be a combo. Maybe it's the gluten in what I'm eating when I eat out. I'm eating out a lot more now than I had in the past.
I think the only way to set my mind at ease is to just get the test. At least then I'll know if I need to be more strict with my habits or if a simple dietary change will help me.
In other news...
I'm off to a chiropractor appointment, then to run a couple errands, and then home to get ready for the weekend. I have a dentist appointment tomorrow so I'm taking a half day, and after that it's off to get ready to head to Florida. SO EXCITED!!!
I got up this morning and did a workout, but still have (at least) another 45 minutes to do tonight. That's what's scheduled but I sort of feel like maybe I need to do more than a total of 75 minutes today. At the least, I'm going to do that workout and then see where I'm at with everything. I probably won't be home until 6:30, so by the time I change and workout it could be 7:30. Of course I'll want to eat dinner before... Midnight, and I'll have packing to do. Well...Sort of. I started packing last night. I just have to decide what things to leave behind (my pile is way too large; such an over-packer) and then have to put it in the suitcase. It really shouldn't take long. I should clean up a little before I leave. My cousin is house sitting so I would like the house to be somewhat presentable....Not that it's bad...Just not up to my "company" standards. I also want to get to bed early so I can get up and do an hour workout in the morning. Hmmm. The more I really think about it, the more I think that 45 minutes might be a good limit and I'll have to accept a daily total of 85 minutes. That's better than nothing... Heck the 30 I did this morning is better than nothing!
Oh! I'm doing a Holiday squat challenge (has been going around FB like crazy). Feel free to join in, if you'd like! I posted it on my Facebook page. So far, so good! :)
I hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!!!