August 30, 2010
Gluten and Dairy free you may ask me? Why would you do that to yourself?
My story is simple.
For years I struggled (more and more as I aged) with Digestive issues. I felt confused and frustrated as I have been extremely health conscious for many years now. Why when I was eating whole grains and organic fat free yogurt did I find myself feeling like dirt. IBS the doctors told me. Yet they couldn't tell me what to do about it. "Increase your fiber" this was almost comical- I already LIVED on fiber.
This past February I hit a wall. I was in and out of the ER with heartburn and Abdominal pain, that existed after and in between every meal. Not to mention the nagging post nasal drip, headaches, muscle aches, and EXHAUSTION. I fired my Dr and found a Holistic MD. On my first visit she handed me a giant packet titled the Elimination Diet. The Elimination Diet requires one to remove common allergens (Dairy, Soy, Gluten, Eggs, Nuts and Corn) from your diet for a months time and then re-introduce them back one at a time to pinpoint exactly what your body doesn't like or want. I starred at this packet for a month- in complete denial that I might have a food intolerance. As blood tests,cat scans and x rays came back normal- I finally gave in and I did it. Sure enough I learned that Gluten And Dairy were not the friend I once thought.
My husband being the great supporter that he is went Gluten and Dairy free with me. Might I mention that he has never experienced a digestive issue beyond a stomach bug in his life. Within a weak to our surprise- His seasonal allergies and Asthma that haunted him were gone. Knee and Joint pain he had lived with for years was GONE. Eye tension pain- GONE. His energy levels went through the roof. He is a runner and he noted that his stamina improved dramatically.
I shared this info with several close friends that also struggle with allergies- they went Gluten/Dairy free and had the SAME results. So today I write this hoping to share it with you- and IMPROVE YOUR LIFE In posts to come I will give shopping list, Do reviews of gluten and dairy free products on the market, post informative articles and share recipes that will give you REAL sustenance. Food that will contribute to your well being rather than take from it.
Here's to BETTER health and enjoying what we eat!