It was month of no wheat (though I once accidentally tested the the kid's pasta for done-ness out of habit) and my refined sugar intake was ALMOST completely removed too. Though I binged on chocolate one day - about 75g of milk chocolate, and felt icky for many hours afterwards.
Unfortunately I have not seen much in the way of success. The initial carb-flu whoas were followed by a bright clarity that was nice, and I thought I might be losing some weight and water retention. But it was different from day to day and I haven't nailed down why. Some days were slim, light and perky, others were puffy, heavy and achy!
The bulk of the experiment is over, 4 weeks was enough for me to get into a habit of whole foods. I will continue to choose real foods and avoiding processed. But I'm not going to be super-stringent about gluten anymore, though I will choose other options if they are available. Sugar is still a struggle for me, and I will continue to fight that addiction.
Thinking ahead, I will stick with my original plan... real, whole, healthy foods. It can't hurt, right?
Maybe I have it all wrong and it's not food, but some other environmental trigger?
Meanwhile my meals will continue to be beautifully colourful and interesting!