Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought I was allergic to food...
I have always had stomach issues since I can remember. I am talking knock you down to your knees pain. I was never to worried about what I ate or put into my body. I thought I ate pretty healthy and I have always loved salads and and fruit, but I ate my fair share of bread, fried foods and pastas too.
After a 10 year struggle with the worst infertility (I will share in another post later) due to endometriosis. I eventually had to get an hysterectomy. I was really praying that the pain would finally go away. It never did. I felt like I was going crazy, what else could be causing this??? During a check up, Dr. Long, my sweet, amazing fertility doctor told me to try to cut out gluten for 2 weeks and see how I feel. That was in October 2012. Well I wish I had just jumped fully into that suggestion that day, but I thought it would be too hard. After all, the holidays were coming up that are all centered around food! Plus my brother and sister in law to be were getting married after New Years, so I decided to wait until the day after the wedding.
GOAL MADE: I made my goal! Jan. 5th, 2014 was the day I chose to go gluten free. It was the day after the wedding.
Between October and January, I slowed down on eating food that had gluten in it, but I really was guessing, and doing it half ass-ed. Trust me that doesn't solve the problem. I still had all my symptoms and was just trying to get through the holidays.
THE DAY OF:
I botched it. I didn't do it, instead I decided to get one more day of gluten in and postponed the inevitable 1 more day. AND, if it was my last day to ever eat bread again I was going to go out with a band. I drove to Crestline Bagel to get the most amazing Everything Bagel with their homemade veggie cream cheese to go. I got home, and noshed on it and enjoys the texture and the flavor. 15 minutes after I finished it, the pain erupted. Ugh! So I decided to grab a tape measure and measure the bloat around my waist. I was shocked because I have never done this before.
It was 36 inches around at my waist! Holy Crap!
THE REAL DAY OF:
The next day was my day to take control over my body! I wasn't really sure what I should eat, so I completely cut beer, bread and pasta out of my diet. I was a work in progress over that first week, but the biggest eye opening that was the bloat and how quickly I lost the bloat.
For the next 6 days I used that measuring tape to measure my waist every morning.
Day 0: 36 inches
Day 1: 35 inches
Day 2: 34 inches
Day 3: 33 Inches
Day 4: 32 Inches
Day 5: 31.5 Inches
After witnessing this extreme loss of belly circumference I swore I would never touch gluten again. Plus, I started to FEEL BETTER!!!! The pain and discomfort was going away with the inches. I honestly did not know that was possible to loose the bloat like that. 5 1/2 inches is huge!!! Mead was so supportive of my new venture and so proud of my lifestyle change as well. He had seen me feeling so bad for so long and was glad I had finally figured it out.
That was five years ago and I haven't looked back since. I do eat bread and pasta again as long as it is gluten free. But it did take me a while to learn what has gluten in it and what doesn't have it in it.
What do I miss the most? Fried foods, like fried chicken!
What I avoid:
What I can eat:
MY GLUTEN SYMPTOMS:
Why did I go Dairy Free too?
About 1 year after going completely gluten free, I starts to notice some more bloating after I drank my coffee in the morning. It was not the pain that I used to have, but the inflammation was not a good sign. I immediately cut out all dairy to see if I was getting a reaction to that, and I was.
Being Gluten and Dairy free (not by choice) is definitely makes it harder to eat out and cook in. But I have figured ways around it and now I have it pretty much dialed in.
What I don't eat:
What I eat instead of Dairy:
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