What a difference a year makes. Today marks my one year anniversary of going gluten free!
It has been a wild ride....full of learning to read labels, teaching Bruce to read labels, and finding hidden sources of gluten (malt), to end up completely revamping my diet and minimizing my intake of processed food as much as possible.
It all started with the excruciating stomach pains, bloating, and basic misery that accompanies the body's response to having an autoimmune disease.
Did you know that? Gluten intolerance/Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that, if left untreated, can be the catalyst for a host of other health problems and diseases.
Our digestive system is responsible for producing 75 % of our immune system's cells.
So when the very system that's responsible for protecting our body and creating immunity to disease, is being sabotaged, there will inevitibly be some serious manifestations to alert you that all is not well in your gut.
That was my issue, except that for years I had no idea what was going on. I was resolved to the notion that this was my "normal".
I figured I'd be bloated and in pain every day of my life, no matter what I ate or didn't eat. I would deal with the embarrassing eczema and sleepless nights forever.
I knew I was lactose, casein, and egg intolerant. I really didn't think I could be gluten intolerant, too! I mean, geez, how many food intolerances can one person have, right?!
Turns out-alot. :( I've written a couple other posts about my journey and experience with this that you can check out HERE. and HERE.
I'm having no pity party though! I am happy with my new lifestyle and have found that limitations can create freedom! I am free from gastric distress, eczema, the foggy thinking, severe mood swings, and cancelling plans because of pain.
On the heels of my anniversary I finally finished watching the movie, "Food, Inc."
That will be another entire post altogether.
The movie is only 90 minutes long, but the wealth of information you gain is irrefutable, undeniable, and life-changing.
It's also reveals just the proverbial "tip of the iceberg."
PLEASE-if you care about how what you eat affects you, your children, and anyone you care about-WATCH THIS MOVIE.
Ignorance is not bliss.
I digress.....only a little though.