I have joined Andrea on her grain-free diet for the past month to see what benefits or differences I experienced. I’ve kept exercise levels and everything else pretty much the same. It’s been tough staying away from the beer, cake, and biscuits, but this was mitigated by getting to try out some of these really good grain-free recipes Andrea’s been working on. Plus, wine and cider is still on the grain-free diet menu, which is good news.
Firstly, I don’t seem to have lost much weight – maybe a pound or two at most – or girth, I’m still just over 11 stone and a 34 inch waist. I’ve not reduced dairy intake so maybe this is something to do with it. I can’t say I’ve noticed a mental agility improvement or anything like that. What has changed is a significant reduction in flatulence problems, for which Andrea has been very grateful. This seems to be linked to larger better-formed stools than I had before (but not hard to pass), which causes a loss of semen retention as they pass the prostate. Apparently this is normal although somewhat surprising for me to begin with, but am now prepared for some leakage after taking a number two.
Andrea’s dishes have not left me feeling at all hungry, in spite of not being able to raid the biscuit tin, and so in that regard it has perhaps made me more productive, i.e. not wondering if it’s too early to wander in to the kitchen to get a snack. I’m not gluten or grain sensitive but even so I would say there has been at least a small overall improvement in my well-being by following the diet. So I’m going to continue with a “largely grain-free” diet and introduce some of the grain elements back in, and see what changes.
For Andrea, observing from outside, a grain-free diet has certainly made her a much happier person, and certainly better able to cope with the stress of a day of lecturing and doing college paperwork. She has lost some weight and the big result is that the random nosebleeds she used to get have largely stopped. There is no doubt that there is something in some of the food we eat that doesn’t agree with her, and elements of grain in the diet appear to be at least partly responsible. It’s something your average GP seems to be unaware of too.