The other day I posted a guest blog post on our Facebook page because I was getting an error message every time I tried to link it here. Apparently, there was just an internal glitch happening with our WordPress because it is now working. If you have not had the opportunity to read it, yet, I recommend it: “What am I sacrificing for convenience?”
The author of this blog has been one of my inspirations going gluten-free (GF) since moving to our new community, and I am grateful that she has shared her story with me (and now with you). But, to give credit where credit is due, I’ve had a number of inspirations along the way, while I clung to eating whatever I wanted, when I wanted it. My former neighbor was one of the first people to tell me she was going GF to eradicate joint pain. Indeed, another friend from my former community suggested I try GF to help SC1 with some of her health issues. And a prior health practitioner told me going GF “would probably help” SC1. I had a lot of clues.
But I just wasn’t ready. I couldn’t battle that monster, yet. As I’ve written about in other blog posts, dealing with SC1’s true food allergies was too much for me. I couldn’t fathom trying to go GF with her sunflower and pea allergies. (So many prepared GF foods contain these things.) And I didn’t have the bandwidth to start cooking from scratch for every meal while working full-time and commuting. I wish I had…but I just didn’t.
Fast forward to today. It’s been 107 days since I first decided to cut gluten and sugar out of my diet. I cheated a little bit on the gluten and sugar over Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I’ve recently cheated a LOT on the sugar with GF Girl Scout cookies. Nevertheless, I have lost 10 pounds and have no joint pain, and I feel the best I have felt in a decade. It is so worth it! I only wish I had done it sooner! I wouldn’t have spent so much time feeling bloated and miserable (and being at least 10 pounds overweight).
As for SC1 — I really think going GF will help her inflammation which will hopefully help with her allergies and possibly some other issues. So, I am slowly switching our family over to GF. Fortunately, she likes GF pasta and “Caulipower” brand pizza. The girls both like hemp seed, sugar free granola in yogurt for breakfast, as well as hemp seed, sugar free breakfast porridge I’ve been making. (See cookbook link, infra.) Meanwhile, SC2 and I have been having a blast together in the kitchen making recipes from said cookbook, which I cannot recommend enough! (Thanks also to my friend who recommended it to me.) It seems daunting, but it’s an adventure. A fun adventure in the kitchen! 🙂
I am grateful for my new mind set. I am grateful for all my friends who provided inspiration along the way to get here. And I am grateful for the slow but steady changes our new diets are making in our lives.
P.S. As someone who suffered severe preeclampsia in both pregnancies, I wonder if any research or studies have been done regarding the connection between gluten intolerance (inflammation) and preeclampsia. I have had bloating my whole life (I was always jealous of my college boyfriend who could eat a big bowl of pasta and still have a flat stomach) and I wonder if my internal inflammation caused or contributed to the horrific gestational swelling I experienced. Just a thought.
Econ-Mom: This sounds like a lot of work, but if you are feeling better then I’m sure it’s worth it! I’ve heard many people say they have more energy on a low- or no-gluten diet, which would definitely be a good thing!! (However, I also have more energy if I don’t have to cook 24/7!) I know that a lot of people in the autism community swear by GFCF diets, so I briefly considered trying it out but basically decided to pick my battles. I think it makes the most sense when kids (or adults!) show any signs of GI issues, e.g. constipation, etc. Anyway, congrats on making this big switch, and I hope you keep enjoying the kitchen adventures!
Law-Mom: I fully get you on having more energy if you don’t have to cook 24/7. Lol!! But we pretty much just eat at home, anyway, with SC1’s allergies. So, while the switch has been semi-challenging, it has not been as challenging as it would be if I still commuted and still had young kids–as you do!