Friday, April 27, 2012
....so, I begin the gluten-free days of my life. I'm amazed at this whole situation. First of all, there is such a joyful freedom just knowing what has been causing these problems. I don't have to be afraid of food, or guess if something is or isn't going to get me sick. It has been a week and a day since my last gluten consumption, and I still feel the effects of it. It takes a while for it to get out of the system...about a month, doc says. Over the last 48 hours I've been obsessed with reading about gluten-free living. Most of the information is on websites dedicated to Celiac disease...www.celiac.com; www.celiac.org; www.celiaccentral.org; www.cureceliacdisease.org...just to name a few. When I started this blog, I had no idea it would take me here. I started with intent to feel better by changing my bad eating and lack of exercise habits. In my mind, when I think about all the things I'm going to learn about gluten allergy, and all the things I'm going to want to post here, I cringe, because I don't want to be another one of "those" blogs, where the focus is about the writer's aliments. BUT, we'll see how this goes. I'm embarking on something life changing though, I just know it! If I have more energy than I've ever had,well then...you people need to brace yourselves :-) This is how I feel
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
I have hope after yesterday's visit to Doc Brown. I'm allergic to wheat, for sure. Not so much the other stuff. He gave me a run down of what wheat(aka. flour) is used for, in addition to the usual suspects. For instance, it's the white powder on gum. I chew gum everday to keep me from eating snacks in the afternoon. That means I'm injesting something I'm allergic to every afternoon. The extreme fatigue and muscle cramps are part of the allergic reaction. Additionally, I have an occasional burger (allergic to the bun), dessert (allergic to...deep sigh...cake), or pasta. I'm evidently so sensitive to wheat that even the occasional indulgence is a BAD THING!! I'm having a Celiac panel test today. He says that there is a spectrum of wheat allergy...from no allergy to Celiac disease. He does not think I have Celiac, however I am on that side of the spectrum with an intense allergy to it. We'll have a more specific idea of how allergic I am after the test today. Good news is I'm not allergic to potatoes, rice, quinoa, and a few other grains. OH! And the VERY interesting part is I've been allergic my entire life. He compared it to a smoker. The first time someone smokes, they cough, hack, choke, tear up, etc. After a while, the body adjusts. While the smoker doesn't feel the effects, the nicotine is slowly harming the body. Same thing here. When I was a baby, Mom and Dad gave me something with wheat. I became fussy, and it was attributed to just being a baby. My body got used to it, I didn't notice the symptoms, and it's been slowly harming my body. In January, I detoxed for the parasite, and now I feel the effects. SO INTERESTING!!! AND...it's explains so much! I can think back, and recognize symptoms I was having that I attributed to other things. Anyway, I'm glad that's "all that's left to fix." I did some walking this week too, without getting dizzy. Hopefully, I can get back to the gym soon.
Friday, April 20, 2012
What to say? I'm plugging along through this journey of restricted diet and random episodes of fatigue. I would love to sit here and type about my successful ability to overcome the diet restricitons, but such is not yet the case. At my last doc appointment he said I could start trying to add some things back into my diet, like raw veggies, gluten free stuff, and some grains. Well, so far, every time I try to add stuff, I have this wierd allergic reaction to it all. I have NEVER had food allergies, so this is really a shock to my psyche. I have been able to figure out that anything with flour, corn, corn products (corn syrup, corn starch, etc), and raw celery (cooked ok...random)cause these allergic reactions. The reactions are not pleasant at all, and have made me scared to eat. So, I've decided to stop trying things and just go back to the original restrictions. Less complicated, and less fearful. On a positive note, I was able to eat a mini Snickers without consequence...oh, happy day! Also, on a positive note, I have found that recipes are much better tasting without the canned products. I had no idea how much I relied on canned tomatoes. I love the fresh taste of the tomatoes, although when cooked, they are not as red as the canned ones. I haven't checked a can of tomatoes, but I'll be there's some dye in it or something. Things like chili, spaghetti sauce, okra and tomatoes, and veggie soup have taken on a remarkable new flavor. Then, there's the random, unexpected episodes of fatigue. This was a very common occurance when all this health stuff began back in November. It took me from November until January to be able to complete a full work week (which is, actually, only 32 hours for me...nice, huh). This week for the first time since then, I missed church on Sunday and a day of work this week. I just don't get it, but that's what Doc Brown is for. I'll see him next week. I'm just tired of all this change and stuff. I'm hoping for some resemlance of normalcy to rise from the rubble. Any day now...it's coming...I'm sure of it! And, I realize this looks like some stream of consciousness thing. I tried to make paragraphs, and blogger is being stubborn today.