A few months ago, I never thought I would say the words “I am gluten-free.” Now that I am, I feel 100% better than I have felt in years.
Ok….Here’s my disclaimer – I am NOT a medical professional at all. I am not giving any medical advice. This is my personal story of going gluten-free.
I suffered from the following for years:
- Daily headaches – sometimes so bad that I literally could not function.
- Tingling hands and feet
- Severe stomach and digestive pain
- Intermittent brain fog
I had so many tests over the years that I thought I should earn another degree. The testing, with no answers, became so frustrating. I came to the conclusion that these were ailments that I would have to live with forever.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, I was in the ER again. The stomach pain was almost unbearable. A few days later, I was in the ER for a the worst headache of my life.
Over the next week, five different people suggested that I remove gluten from my diet. None of these people knew each other. I smiled and nodded at each person and said “I’ll consider that” but I was not interested until my co-worker talked to me about why she went gluten-free. Her symptoms were identical to mine except for the tingling hands and feet. She was tested over a year after she went gluten-free, and she had a wheat allergy.
I figured this was God’s way of staying anonymous. I decided that I would “try” it after the holidays. That night we had pizza for dinner, and I was so sick. That is what I get for trying to negotiate with God. That was my last meal with gluten.
It has been over 3 months, and I feel fabulous.
Here are the differences that I can see:
- Daily headaches – They are gone. This is the first time in my adult life that I remember not have daily headaches.
- Tingling hands and feet – I still get a little tingling, but it has reduced.
- Severe digestive and stomach pain – GONE! Sometimes after I ate, I would curl up in major pain. That has not happened at all.
- Intermittent brain fog – I can focus so much better. I am much more productive at home and work.
The way I see it, I am gluten-free for life. I am not a medical professional, but I know my body, and this is the best my body has felt in years.
Are you gluten-free? Please leave any tips for me in the comments sections below.
Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to sharing my gluten-free journey with you.