I am so glad that I broke down a month and a half ago and signed up for a gym membership at Planet Fitness. That place really is all that it claims to be. I feel so comfortable working out there and have noticed a significant difference in my appearance and self-esteem. My posture is getting so much better! I just needed some actual muscles in my upper back and boom, it’s better.
I have officially not eaten anything with gluten for just over 24 hours. This is one of the hardest lifestyle changes, next to working out on a regular basis, that I’ve ever undertaken. I am not doing this to follow any perceived fads or “diets.” I’m doing this because I honestly feel that I have a gluten intolerance and the only way for me to really see if I do is to just cut it out of my diet. I have had all of the classic symptoms of gluten-intolerance for many, many years, but until just recently I didn’t make the connection. I’ve even heard that it could cause some anxiety. After searching some of my symptoms, I stumbled on an infographic here and it just made sense to me. I have so many of the symptoms on that chart. I’m not saying I have Celiac disease. I can’t say that unless tested and evaluated by medical professionals, but I can try to make some lifestyle changes that could alter my life for the better.
Ok, get ready for TMI. For most of my early teens and on, I lived with chronic bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, chronic fatigue, irritability, and headaches. More recently in my twenties I’ve also come to experience unexplained anemia, constant sinus problems and post nasal drip, low blood sugar, dizziness and weakness, chipping and discolored teeth, and intolerable acid reflux. The list goes on and on really. I’m not saying all of these symptoms are related to a gluten intolerance, but surely some of them could be and all of them are listed on that infographic. For the better part of 10 years, I felt that it was just normal to feel bad all the time. It never occurred to me that what I was eating was playing a major part in deteriorating my body. I didn’t realize that this was not normal until I started living with K and he started realizing that my body wasn’t functioning normally. It’s strange how we get to used to the status quo that we don’t realize when it’s time for a change.
When you really start to think about it, there is gluten everywhere. It’s going to be pretty difficult for me to give it up, but I think it’s something I need to try. The long-term effects of gluten intolerance are frightening and I so desperately want to feel “good” and not crappy all the time.
Are any of you on a gluten-free diet? If so, what are some tips you have for me? Have you noticed differences in how you feel and look? I’d love to hear from you!
Have a good night everyone.