Friday, May 17, 2013
My brother and his family is in town for the month, and we've been having all kinds of fun, and also some educating conversations. They have recently went gluten free as a family, and were talking about all the good things that have been going on for them since doing it. This spurned some personal searching and self educating, and I think it is something I'm going to try for myself. I did it years ago for a month or so, and did feel noticeably better. But I didn't stick with it. Today I was googling info about gluten intolerance and read a bit about symptoms, and admittedly, I have 75% of the symptoms related to gluten intolerance. I worked at a health food store years ago, and I heard while working there that most people have some level of gluten intolerance, some more noticeable and debilitating than others. So, with all of the variety of gluten free products out there now, I think making the switch could be easier now, than it was when I tried to years back.
I was reading that even a very small amount of gluten could throw of your system and that countless items have gluten in it. I am a little overwhelmed with the amount of effort it will take to be totally gluten free. One article went as far as to say that kissing someone that has eaten gluten could lead to an imbalance in your body!! Wow, that is pretty extreme! I am hoping that just a few steps in the gluten free direction at a time will lead to noticeable improvement in my daily energy levels and digestion issues. I also have to be wise about eating a variety of other grains and possibly taking nutritional supplements to make sure I am getting that right amount of vitamins and minerals, while cutting out the gluten items from my life.
I'm interested to see if this is something that will benefit me. One of the things it said is "do you feel tired after eating a meal with gluten", and for me the answer was yes. Also unexplained infertility was one of the things that occur in gluten intolerant women, which is the situation I am in. I have been told many times that there is no reason I shouldn't be able to have children, but alas, I can't. So, I'm going to move forward with the gluten free diet and see if it leads to any positive improvements in my life.
If any of you have any experience with eating gluten free will you please let me know anything you can about what you've learned about eating this way.