I wanted to share with you my story. This is why my family and I are gluten free and it what it took to start this journey of health. I’ve been watching so many others suffer from some of the same things I suffered from before going gluten free, because it can feel intimidating at first, but taking control of your health must be your top priority.
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Growing up I had multiple health issues, asthma and allergies being the most dominate as a child. Having used inhalers and having asthma attacks often, I contributed this to my mother being a smoker and being around second hand smoke. I do feel that it played a part in it, but it was likely the perfect storm of problems. My mother said I was allergic to milk as a baby, and it apparently caused a rash on contact, therefore I wasn’t offered milk a lot. I did however love cheeses and ice cream, but ice cream has always made me feel sick, so I never ate a lot of it.
As a young adult I started taking OTC antihistamines daily. My skin itched and I thought I was allergic to the world. I took Zyrtec daily for 5 or more years.
I remember telling my mom about my stomach problems, but she didn’t intervene in my medical issues much and it was up to me to make my appointments, so I just toughed it out. It just got worse and worse as the years passed. Living daily feeling bloated, overweight and sick. At one point I even stopped eating cake at parties because I was tired of leaving the party early with horrific stomach cramping. I was allergic and I didn’t even know it. I thought that this was life. This was how I lived my entire life and knew nothing else.
Before realizing gluten was the issue, I thought I was dying. I went to the doctor with a long list of diseases I could be suffering from. Thyroid, cancer, crohns, Lyme disease, lupus… I was sure I had something going untreated. The doctors thought I was a nut job. I switched doctors THREE TIMES and all 3 thought I was a nut job.
|Before going gluten free 2007 or 2008|
I was angry and scared and I felt alone. Not one single person I knew had a gluten allergy. My gluten free journey began the next day. The first week I made a lot of mistakes. It was in things I didn’t even think about like oatmeal, salad dressing, sauces, and marinades. Geez, why? It felt like had no one to turn to, not even a doctor. No support system or community.
After 6 weeks of being gluten free I had my life back, feeling better than I ever had in my entire life. I had energy, my skin felt well, my stomach felt great. For the first it felt like I was alive and that was when I decided to start trying to cook and bake again.
Once I started playing with flours and recipes, I realized that I was going to live a life full of the foods I loved and I could be healthy at the same time. That was also the time I started really reading food labels and question what was in food, because of that I started transitioning preservatives and chemicals out of our diets. When shopping I started buying as much organic as I could afford and used the dirty dozen as a starting point.
At that time there were still very few resources in the gluten free community, and that was when I started this blog. It began as a journal of my experiences and recipes I came up with. I had no clue how to blog, or do anything with it. The blog was just a fun hobby to keep track of recipe creation.
After about 6 months of being gluten free (I was the only gf person in my house) I notice my 1 year old son having loose stools. He also was having night terrors and horrible, horrible tantrums. I had read about gluten affecting behavior, so I took him off of it and started a food journal. He spent 2 weeks on a gf diet and he was sleeping through the night, even his tantrums became the normal fits a toddler might have. We have witnessed throughout the years now what gluten can do to his behavior because he has gotten it on accident here and there.
My daughter turned out to be lactose intolerant. What the doctors and I assumed thought was colic, turned out to be a lactose issue. Once her formula was switched she started to sleep and be happy. She was always crying, never slept and never was happy. The poor thing was hurting. We have tested out dairy a few times since then and it has always caused her to vomit. I recently stopped eating dairy/lactose about a year ago and I feel a lot better.
Fast forward to now and I have been working full time on my blog for over 7 months. I am growing it and trying to reach out to as many people as I can. This is my passion and I LOVE it. Everyone needs to know that being healthy is a wonderful feeling and it’s not difficult. I want to bring delicious healthy recipes and lifestyle tips to everyone and inspire them to get in the kitchen! If I can do it then anyone can do it!
So, that is my story. Here we are a family that is 100% gluten free and half of us are dairy free as well. We make it work and now I can bring you the delicious recipes I am creating for my family.