My Gluten Free Journey… This Far.

I am just starting out on my gluten free diet. I guess to explain my story I will have to go back few years. I was in a car accident about four years ago. I suffered a soft tissue injury and a closed head injury. I also have since struggled with TMJ, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Depression. It was a huge source of pain in my life. When we finally went to trial this year, it brought up all of the stress from the accident. We ended up losing the trial and the insurance company got out of paying the money we deserved. After the trial, my body just started shutting down. I was not sleeping, had digestive problems, anxiety, depression and just overall felt awful. I know it sounds extreme, but I felt like I was dying.

At this time, my sister introduced me to a book called The Ultramind Solution. I began to cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and all processed foods. I also started taking more vitamins and supplements as well as eating organic fruits and veggies in an attempt to start the healing process. I also started buying meats that were not fed hormones or antibiotics, grass fed and organic. In a matter of weeks, I started to feel better. Amazingly enough, my anxiety just disappeared, digestion problems went away and I started sleeping better. I have seriously struggled with insomnia my entire adult life and had no idea what was causing it. I also had major problems with restless legs syndrome. Ever since going on this diet, I have not had problems with these things anymore, unless I eat something that my body does not like. It was just such a relief to know what was causing these symptoms and that it was not just all in my head. I remember one day that I accidentally had a bite of oatmeal. That night I felt so buzzed like I had drank a whole pot of coffee and I felt an immense amount of anxiety. It was enough of a motivation for me not to go back to gluten.

I still don’t know if I am a Celiac or just gluten interolerant. The rest of my family (sisters, nephews and mom) has issues with gluten as well. I kind of suspect that I am a Celiac, but don’t know for sure yet. With the history of gluten problems in my family, I made the decision to take my children off of wheat until we can get them tested. My oldest daughter who was 2 1/2 at the time stopped taking naps at the age of two. As soon as I took her off gluten, she started taking naps again. So until we find out for sure, I would rather be safe than sorry.

I am still just figuring this all out and in the process of healing. I usually don’t feel deprived except for when we go out to a restaurant and they serve bread. I also miss real pizza like crazy. I try to focus on the positive and all the wonderful things I can eat. I feel fortunate that I love to get in the kitchen and create gluten free versions of my favorite meals. It does make living this way so much easier.

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