I've been primal for 6 months, or so, but 12 months prior to that, I stopped eating wheat and grains. I noticed that I would have terrible stomach cramps and bloating to the point where I looked as though I was 8 months pregnant -- it was embarrassing. So around December 2011, I went off all wheat and once in a while I'd break down and have a piece of bread with my white wine mussels and EVERY TIME, I would regret it -- deeply.
Since starting Primal, I've been quite strict with a 90/5% (estimation). Yesterday, I went to our Italian bakery to purchase some consumables for Christmas gifts for my non-paleo friends (I don't have one paleo friend yet). In any event, I got home, and I was putting these gift bags together, and I thought that I would have this 4-5 of these little twisted, dough things (they are hard and crunchy and great with soup or as an appetizer). Anyway, -- bam --- within :20 minutes, I couldn't stand up due to the cramping --- followed by extreme bloating (the pregnancy looks on a 49 year old -- attractive!).
And the sad thing is that I've likely had this bloating and cramping my whole life, but I just didn't equate that with wheat and grains. Sad? Yeah! Next week, my hubster and I leave on a wonderful, 8-day beach vacation and there's no way in hell one grain of wheat will pass through these lips --- I've worked hard to get this body bikini ready and I'm not about to let wheat ruin my look. Sounds like a vanity thing --- and it is! I don't know whether I would call this an "intolerance" or "allergy" or anything else. I just know that if I eat any type of wheat or grain (pasta etc), that I will turn into a pregnant looking buddah in about :20 minutes.
I'll also add that I do not crave breads nor pastas or wheat products at all. If I do decide to have a slice of pizza (which I haven't had in a year+, I'd have to be prepared to wear a moo moo (similar to the one that Bart Simpson's dad wore when he gained weight).
I love the primal lifestyle and my cooking and preparation of foods is very simple. I don't try to re-create breaded meats or pasta or make desserts. I cook some protein (fish/meat/eggs), and I pair that with 3 veggies and voila --- day to day, simple, healthy, tastefully prepared foods. If I'm feeling like a snack, I have 1/2 an avocado, some olives, and a slice or two of salami. I've given up dairy (except for a small amount of cream in my morning coffee). Lots of water, herbal teas and more water. Life is simple -- there's no boredom --- and there's no cravings. I think everything is going well and there's no way in hell you could pay me enough money to resume the SAD lifestyle -- EVER.
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.