Nobody was more surprised than me to find that purely physical changes, like avoiding wheat and other grains, could bring about mental improvement.
I mean, the disappearance of the bloating, and of the stabbing pain in my gut, made sense. The end of insatiable, voracious and constant hunger was an incalculable relief and an unexpected bonus. When I stopped a physical behaviour (eating grains) I felt a physical consequence. Logical, right?
But I had not expected to find that the pervasive mental fog, the memory lapses, the cognitive sputtering, and the swirling in my head would also diminish.
Nevertheless, that is what happened when I went on a low carb diet. And it happened very quickly. I noticed a dramatic change within 48 hours. I could think more clearly, and remember what was said to me. I didn't have a nauseating, undulating ball of seasickness in my head, all because I turned away from a sandwich, and cereal, and hamburgers in buns.
Spaghetti had to go, as did toast and English muffins. Pancakes and French toast are a thing of the past. Even basmati, the low glycemic rice, is off the list.
I add flour to thicken gravy at my peril. Granola is NOT the healthy choice around here. Taco salad is great without the tortilla and there is no pain from a gyro without the pita.
I loved that stuff, and I still miss it sometimes. Now that I am in better health, I actually find that I can "cheat" with all of these foods once in awhile.
But only once in awhile.
Me, I don't like pain in my gut, nor fog in my head, either. Apparently my brain and my gut talk to each other, and they both agree that I should keep away from these foods. So to keep what is precious, my health and my mind, I happily forego the grains.