Sunday, February 5, 2012

"A year from now..."

"A year from now, you will wish you had started today"
-Karen Lamb

Well, Karen. I do. 

Following my fairly disappointing debut in the marathon, I decided to do what I can to try and lessen the rumbling beast.

Now, WHAT you may ask is the rumbling beast

My stomach.

Not this kind of cute and cuddly beast.

Definitely not this kind of bad-ass beast.

But, the kind of beast that would cause THIS reaction! 
(I imagine this scuba lego man pooping his pants because he is so scared)

And so, 1 month and 18 days ago I decided to see what this "fad" was all about and went gluten free.

I use "fad" loosely because I am well aware that some people are severely negatively affected by gluten thus for them, this change is much needed. 

However, I would venture to say that the majority of gluten-free-ers (I made that word up just now) are gluten-free for a number of different reasons.

My reason? 

Try ANYTHING to get my stomach to calm down and let me poop normally. If you didn't guess or know, my disappointing marathon debut had much to do with stomach issues and poop stops. 

Tired of being this guy!! 
The blue water splash (when I make it that far) is getting old.

To date, the changes that I have noticed as a result of my new eating habits:

  • Less chronic congestion
  • Less bloating
  • More consistent energy
  • I actually make it to the bathroom more often on runs!
  • I have to use the "bathroom" less often during runs!
  • Weight loss (not necessarily a good thing in my case)
  • More balanced food choices
To use an extremely overused far, so good!

The re-spawning of my creativity is a bonus result from this new way of eating as it forces me to be more thoughtful with my nutrient intake. 

In fact, I wish I had started this a year ago...