During the month of December while many people will be talking about the different holidays they are celebrating, I thought it would be a good time to talk about some of the things I’ve learned this year.
GLUTEN IS NOT MY FRIEND
I was doing so well before Thanksgiving not eating gluten or sugar and I was feeling great. Then came the holiday and I made a two kinds of stuffing; a rice stuffing made with walnuts and cranberries and the bread stuffing with apples just like my mom used to make. I had to have some of it, because it tasted just like my mom’s, then I had some pumpkin pie, and a turkey made out of cookies. Huge mistake, I’ve never felt this horrible in a long time. Nope gluten is definitely not my friend. What was interesting is that my normal issues with gluten weren’t the problem (hives) instead my abdomen began distended and was rock hard. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. I’ve never experienced anything like this before in my whole life, nor do I want to ever again.
Gluten is the enemy of many people but they don’t want to acknowledge it because many people don’t want their lifestyle to change they’ll just medication after medication which is easier than changing their lifestyle. There are many websites and books that delve into gluten sensitivities, gluten allergies, and gluten intolerances. Just by googling gluten you will get 28 million results. No wonder the latest number of American people who have gluten disorders is upwards of 18 million and rising. In an article by Dr. Mark Hyman, in the Huffington Post from 2010, he stated, “99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else – not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.” This is not surprising because we live in a pill popping society, where everyone looks for a pill to help them overcome the latest health issue, instead of changing their lifestyle.
Dr. Hyman also notes, in that same article, that the New England Journal of Medicine lists 55 diseases that are caused just by eating gluten. They are:
- irritable bowel disease
- inflammatory bowel disease
- canker sores
- rheumatoid arthritis
- multiple sclerosis
- all other autoimmune diseases
- neurological diseases:
- autism link
I can attest to the fact that I have been more anxious while I ate the gluten and my fibro decided to flare up like never before. I don’t know about the other issues but I’m thinking that if this is how I’ve been with only having gluten for a couple of days, I can’t imagine how many other problems I would experience if I continued.
Just think for a moment, if all we had to do was stop eating the offending foods, i. e. gluten, we could cure our own bodies without taking any medication. It’s that simple.
I don’t want to be in pain anymore nor do I want to have the hives at all hours of the day therefore, I’m going back to no gluten and sugar once again. I know it will take some time to undo the damage that I did. I want to live life, instead of simply existing.
Gluten is not my friend.
And by the looks of things it may not be yours either.