Caught your interest, didn’t it 😛 I’ll apologize in advance that there aren’t any pretty pictures to look at. This is a tad bit winded, as it’s a post that has taken 2 weeks to write, and a lot needs to be explained 🙂 If you’re not interested though, just scroll all the way down to the bottom with all the questions.
Long story relatively, kind of, but not really short… We all know that I have had stomach issues for awhile now. Awhile, being since little one was born in September of 2009. Bloating, pain, and some other things I feel squeamish about posting so I’ll spare you… At first, I figured, “Ok I had too much coffee” or “Hmm well maybe that sliced turkey was a little old” – sometimes I would even chalk it up to a hard run that messed my stomach up for a day or two.
Fast forward 18 months later, and I have had enough. This is not a fun way to live. Aside from it being just flat out NOT normal, things were getting progressively worse. Unexplainable daily headaches [I thought I was tired], irritability [tired, … although some might consider this a personality flaw ;)], horrible/morbid/disgusting/scary dreams [I blamed being stressed out, even though I really wasn’t] and skipping meals [I literally did not want to eat]. It never failed, that almost after every meal, there would be some sort of symptom happening. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it seemed as though just opening my mouth to eat would trigger some sort of distress.
Growing tired of all this, I did what anyone else who hates going to the doctor would do – took to the internet. Mom, I love you, please stop rolling your eyes at me. 😉 The more I looked into it, the more I thought that maybe I was intolerant to gluten. I will be the first to admit that I was 100% skeptical about the entire thing. Keeping an open mind, I researched the topic further, wrote several emails to my favorite gluten free guru, and slowly started phasing gluten out of my diet. A strange thing happened though – as I found myself feeling better with a gluten free diet, I still wasn’t 100%. More emails, more researching, more ideas floating around the ol’ noggin. Being intolerant to gluten can go hand in hand with lactose intolerance, you say?? HMMMM. It all clicked.
Keep in mind that this was/is my OWN experience and I’m still keeping an open mind about it. With that said, it’s hard to ignore what my own body is telling me. I’m not saying that if you pass gas a lot, that you automatically need to eradicate all gluten from your diet. YOU know your body the best, correcto mundo?
I told you it was short! So why did I post this stuff!? [Because it’s my blog, duh, homie] And also, because it’s been 18 months, and I feel as though I’ve reached a breakthrough. Because I can finally
stuff my face eat without the fear of regretting it 30 minutes later. Because maybe, just maybe, someone is going through exactly what I went through, and I can put some sort of bug in their ear, and have them realize that they don’t have to live with discomfort.
So, with all that said, can anyone recommend some decent gluten free bread?!?!!!! This brick of sliced something that I have, crumbles to pieces, and cannot take the force of my heaping-pile-of-almond-butter knifeload. I’m considering throwing it in the backyard for the birds, but I’m afraid that the dryness of the bread would cause the birdies to choke 😦
ANYWAY. Either WordPress is cushioning my numbers, or people are actually reading this thing… would you guys be up for a Q & A session? Ask me anything, I’ll answer. Ok, not anything, because that has some creep potential – soooo, ask me anything, and I might answer? HA. Whatever, just email me your questions. 🙂
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