At 32, I was a mom of an active one year old. Trying to keep up with him and the demands of my job, I felt drained, exhausted, and generally unhealthy despite my healthy lifestyle and lack of any major illnesses. On the advice of a family member I paid a visit to a NAET practitioner who began testing and treating me for food intolerances. He suggested that I had an intolerance to many things, grains included. Wheat, oats, barley, and corn. He began treating me for these intolerances with the hope that I would be able to keep them in my diet. After about five visits he suggested that I try removing all gluten related grains from my menu and see how I feel. I left his office that day sure that he couldn’t be right and that gluten had no effect on my body or health. I decided that I would try his advice - just to prove him wrong. Within two days I realized the only person I proved wrong was myself.
I had always been a fairly low energy individual. My family and I had always thought this was just part of my personality. My head always felt cloudy and thinking straight was more of a struggle than I ever let on to anyone. Within two days of starting my gluten free diet, the fog that had settled permanently around my head began to clear. I no longer experienced grueling abdominal cramps after eating my morning cereal. I had discovered that for years I had experienced a gluten intolerance and never really connected the dots until I eliminated it from my diet. It wasn’t easy cutting out gluten and giving up the things I love to eat. Early in this discovery I had my moments of weakness and on occasion I cheated. Each time I cheated I paid the price, and for a few days after my momentary lapse in dietary sense I had difficulties keeping my train of thought, or even just staying awake. Gluten intolerance effects everyone differently and while I have never been formally diagnosed with Celiac disease I no longer doubt that is exactly what I have. I don’t need a test to tell me to stay away from gluten when my body has already told me loud and clear it is toxic to my body.
While I don't intend my blog to be specifically about my experience with Celiac, it has become a focus of my life. I am new to blogging. My intention is to write about my day-to-day experiences as a mom, living gluten-free, and hectic family life that goes with both being a mom and living gluten free. I will share my successes, and challenges with those with have a shared interest.