Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I know it is trendy, but going gluten free has made a great difference for me.
Actually because it is trendy, I resisted going gluten free for a long time. My daughter's chiropractor suggested it when I accompanied her to her first visit. Well actually he suggested avoiding carbs, but since I wasn't his patient he didn't go into great detail.
My daughter's gastroenterologist suggested that she do a gluten free trial even though her endoscopy showed no signs of celiac. Going gluten free made a tremendous difference for her. Before going gf, she was being treated by several specialists for migraines, nausea, and chronic pain. She was missing too much school and her graduation was in jeopardy. Going gf, made such a difference; it was as if she got her life back. No more visits to the neurologist, the rheumatologist, the acupuncturist, or the pain management specialist. I watched as my daughter's health drastically improved.
While her health was improving, mine seemed to be getting worse. My arthritis was becoming more intense. Everyday activities made me achy. Over the Christmas break, I indulged in lots of baked treats. The more I indulged, the worse I felt. I thought about how bad I was feeling and knowing that non-celiac gluten sensitivity has a strong hereditary connection, I decided that I owed it to myself to at least try going without gluten for a few weeks.
My changes were subtle, so subtle that it didn't really register that I was feeling better. Until I ate gluten without thinking about 3 weeks into my gluten free challenge. My husband brought home some doughnuts. Before my brain kicked in, I had gobbled three. I was reaching for another when I realized I had eaten gluten.
Since I hadn't really noticed my gradual improvement, I figured that since I'd already eaten gluten, why not just have pizza for dinner.
The pain and achiness started right away. By the next day it hurt to get out of bed - just as it was during the holidays.
I learned my lesson. No pizza or doughnut is so delicious that eating it is worth that much pain. There have been a couple of other times that I have inadvertently eaten gluten, but I won't knowingly eat it again.
I have found several wonderful blogs and websites for people who are gluten free.
I don't feel deprived. Fruits, vegetables, and meats are naturally gluten free, and there are gluten free breads and snacks if I need them.