Re gluten, etc.
I was off gluten for 2 years. Great move, but I was neither celiac nor visibly sensitive to it as far as I can say. I did have some brain fog and gained bad weight (visceral fat), had chronic vitamin D deficiency, bad dental health, etc. The change of diet that I underwent is so full of confounders that I cannot say gluten removal improved everything for me.
BUT! A few weeks after I started a clean diet of whole foods (not particularly low carb because I do love to eat starches but to drop some bad weight, I also restricted starches for a while), I got glutenized by mistake and I paid for it … (weird body pain, sore joints, etc, for 2-3 days). That confirmed me that gluten was a nogo.
Fast forward: I eat tons of prebiotic (inulin, RS) and some probiotics once in a while. The other day at work, a colleague celebrated his 50th birthday. There were a few big cakes full of wheat, sugar, cream, etc. I thought that after 2 years being rather strict, I would experiment. So I took a big portion of every cake and ate them (it was about 3pm, that was my first “food” of the day). It was disgustingly sweet and not particularly tasty (I am about 99% on real foods most of the time). So I expected to experience weirdish consequences after eating these cakes. I actually experienced nothing AT ALL. No bloat, no pain, no screwed up sleep, no sudden weird cravings, no mood swings.
Conclusion: if you treat your gut correctly and boost its ability to work optimally, the occasional crap is not an issue. The funny thing is really this: once I ate the stuff, I did not feel like some more and it did not change my whole food routine at all. That’s to me a sign that my gut health is very good
It took 2 years …