It is hard to do.
Everywhere you turn, you are told that whole wheat is good for you and that you should eat it to be healthy. Every bit of fast food is loaded with it. Most prepackaged food has it. Everyone you know eats it every day.
But for you and me, gluten is poison.
There are hundreds of gluten free products out there. Some are good, some are bad, all are expensive. They don't fit into my budget, so mostly, I do without. I make do with everyday things that are naturally gluten free. Tortillas or lettuce has become my choice for sandwiches. Instead of bread at meals, I make rice, potatoes or beans. Once a month, I buy a loaf of gf bread to share with my kids. My entire family is healthier for these changes.
Until I went gluten free for a few months, I didn't see drastic differences when I ate gluten. Three months later, I had a contaminated food item and the reaction was violent.
Eating small amounts each day had deadened me to the reactions that were taking place in my body. The small pains and bloating had become natural to me. The damage was hidden, but it was progressive. I started to become sensitive to other foods. I had to avoid my cheese... I love cheese. Soy gave me horrible rashes. Lets not talk about beer. Something was making me develop flaky patches. I was tired all the time and thought it was all due to my thyroid. I was falling apart because of food! Gluten had crept into my life and was taking over. It was getting so bad that I couldn't ignore it.
Today, you may be able to handle that bagel. In two years, will you? Will you find you have become so malnourished that you feel too weak to function, to take care of your kids? Will you find that you cry for weeks at a time because you are B deficient? Will you become anxious and become afraid to open your door? Will your teeth begin to crumble? Will your hair turn grey and begin to fall out? Will you have mystery pains in your joints that keep you from climbing the stairs? Will you develop a skin condition that makes strangers stare?
These are the things I am dealing with at 41. What will that progressive damage do to you? When will it hit?
Don't quit. Don't give up.
You don't have to go through all those horrible things. All you have to do is take care of yourself. No drugs are necessary, no doctors. No special products are necessary except a few good supplements. (Especially a sublingual B complex for me.) All you need is will power and a clear path. You might eat gluten one day, but you should start anew the next. Eventually you will find your groove. It will become a habit in time.
It is your choice today, but down the road you might not have any choices left.
Stay with us in the forum. Learn everything you can. You might find the tips here that make it a livable lifestyle. The group here is awesome and I have found their stories and experiences to be invaluable.
Health and happiness to you and yours.
Ere long I bare fruit, and throve full well,
I grew and waxed in wisdom;
word following word, I found me words,
deed following deed, I wrought deeds. - The Havamal
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