Yes, You Look Pregnant….But You’re NOT!
That’s because you are eating something that you are sensitive and/or allergic too. For me it’s gluten. Oh bread how I love thee. And how I loath how you make me look and feel! Hey everyone thinks gluten is evil and it’s not….at least it’s not evil for everyone. But it is for me. And if you feel you look pregnant (but you’re not), then it might be evil for you too. Want PROOF?
Doesn’t it seem like EVERYONE you know is on a gluten-free diet of some sort? For the last couple of years, I’ve been one of the many in the masses who has also avoided gluten. Until recently…..
Because hubby and kids and I are all going to Paris! And I’m uber prepared! Our dog will hang out with our house-sitter. We’ve purchased extra warm clothing in preparation for the trip. We even have plans to meet up with friends while we are there. Heck, I even hired a photographer to take family photos of us….but shhhhhh! Don’t tell the kids. You’d think the world’s biggest torturing device was a photographer armed with a camera while taking family photos! Anyhow, I’ve planned, prepped and prepared for everything…except what to eat. Seriously, is there anything gluten-free in Europe that is easy for tourists to find?? I’m so screwed.
So hubby suggested slowly introducing gluten into my daily diet because you have to prepare your digestion for it. No one wants the gassy Americans literally stinking up the beautiful streets of Paris, right?! So to adjust to gluten, just eat a little bit every day.
After almost 2 weeks of gluten every day, THIS is what happened:
You’re grumpy – talk about mood swings…..sheesh! And it had nothing to do with sugar, because I didn’t have any.
You look pregnant - for real. Check out the photos to see what I mean
You weigh THE SAME! – But you look 10-15 pounds heavier!
Was this all in my head? Hey, I’m not perfect and I’m certainly willing to admit when I’m being a little dramatic. But wouldn’t it be fun if you had proof that you’re NOT crazy
AND you’re not being dramatic? So I asked my personal trainer Scott Keppel, from STS to check my measurements and compare them to my measurements from 2 weeks earlier. The results were pretty dramatic!
Weight = SAME
Body Fat = SAME
Waist (at natural waist-line) = 2″ INCREASE
Waist (at belly button) = 2 1/2″ INCREASE
Glutes, upper thigh, mid-thigh = ALL the SAME
But to gain almost 5 inches….in TWO weeks? That’s just crazy! Even sucking it in so hard breathing was no longer an option…still made me look pregnant!
Are you sensitive to gluten? Or do you think you could be? Take your measurements. Then try eliminating it for 2 weeks. See what happens. Share your results below. I guarantee you, you are not alone if you find similar results.