Have you been reading this blog long enough to remember the first time I went gluten free?
It was sometime around this post.
I even made several varieties of gluten-free Christmas cookies that year, along with ordering gluten-free pizza for Christmas Eve dinner.
(We go ultra-casual on Christmas around here. No fancy-schmancy dinner. My family is lucky I wear pants to visit them.)
Have you also been paying enough attention to remember that I also went gluten-free last spring, after feeling very fed up and disgusted with wheat due to overeating & binge issues?
I even distinctly remember going to a family party in July and deciding to go ahead and try the carrot cake.
I looked 6 months pregnant within an hour. I immediately blamed the cake.
I went back to eating wheat — mostly Ezekial bread — sometime in the fall, but I dropped it again about 2.5 weeks ago. I also dropped dairy, except whey protein isolate, about a week before that (incidentally, the night of the carrot cake belly, I also ate cheese, so maybe I should’ve blamed the dairy instead).
This time, my main impetus in dropping the gluten was this:
If you have it, you know it, but you may not have known the name. Keratosis Pilaris is basically a bunch of little bumps — often red — on the upper back side of the limbs. I mostly get this on the backs of my arms, but I also have had it on the back of my upper leg in the past.
When I was a kid, my dermatologist told me there were two things to do for keratosis pilaris — use an alpha-hydroxy moisturizer, and get some sun.
Three problems with this advice:
- I was already sensitive to heavy sun exposure because I tend to burn (badly) and not tan much.
- Alpha-hydroxy products are known to make you more sensitive to the sun (doh!).
- Neither bit of advice is a cure, just a cover up that may or may not lessen the issue.
Keratosis Pilaris is harmless. It just looks crappy.
And I have never *never* been self-conscious about wearing sleeveless clothing because of it.
But lately, I have been reading a lot about gluten (I should be getting a masters degree in gluten instead of Applied Nutrition) and it’s ties to skin problems like acne, eczema, etc. It started because David gets a really bad case of eczema on his eyelid, and I suspected it was tied to his diet.
While I did find some info linking eczema to gluten intake, I also found interesting ties between keratosis pilaris and gluten intake.
So I figured I’d do the whole self-experimentation thing and try gluten-free again.
This was my arm area after about 1.5 weeks without gluten:
So far, I think it’s improved. But it may take a few months to really see a difference.
And while I haven’t done any pics this week of the results, I will say this:
I had gluten this weekend (and cheese) to test the waters.
My skin didn’t rebel, but my stomach did.
I love you bread, but we’re never, ever, EVER getting back together.
Unless you show up in the form of carrot cake.
In which case, we can hang. Maybe.