Monday, July 29, 2013

Gluten-Free: My One Year Anniversary

Wow. I really can't believe that it has been a year that I have been completely gluten free. You're probably thinking, how can you remember a specific day/date when you can barely remember where you put your car keys?! Well, I don't really know why I remember things like that, but day to day things I literally feel like I've left my brain sit somewhere. Christmas 2011 is when I found out I had a gluten intolerance, but I wasn't really to strict on what I ate. I would eat most things gluten free. But I would also have gluten/wheat foods. What made me decide to cut out gluten completely is really a funny and odd story. But here you go...

July 30th, 2012 was a crazy and busy day. I was making cupcakes for my soon-to-be in laws surprise anniversary party. Last time I ever make cupcakes the day of event...
Anyways, since I was running all around, I wanted a quick breakfast, so I decided that I really wanted PB&J and I wanted it bakery french bread. Not gluten free at all. I thought, well I've had quite a few things that contained gluten, but didn't really make me feel to bad. So this shouldn't be a problem. I ate my sandwich. Then trouble began. About an hour later, I felt awful. But I didn't think it was from the bread....really...see I told you I didn't really think. I think I didn't want to believe that I could be gluten intolerant. I LOVED my bread and pasta to much. Later that day when I started to feel a little better. I ate a small lunch, what did I have...pasta. Thinking that it would be easy on me and not upset my stomach. I was proved very wrong. I felt even worse then I did earlier. I was so exhausted, in a lot of stomach pain. It was just an awful day. I did feel a little better when it was time for the party, thank goodness. It was such a beautiful evening too! 
But I could have missed out on that. I have missed out on a lot because of feeling so sick all the time. I was tired of just not feeling healthy. So after that day, I decided that I was going to cut out gluten completely. 

Being gluten free may not sound like a big deal to some, but in the past year I have notice significant changes in my health.

  • I can finally eat and not be in pain. Which was the biggest thing I wanted. 
  • My body is able to absorb nutrients better.
  • Mood swings have calmed down and are less frequent. 
  • I have less "sick" days. I used to feel sick every single day. Now it only happens once or twice a week. 
  • I can now eat and not have to sit completely still for about 2 hours. I'm not saying I can get up and go walking or anything. But I'm digesting food faster. 
These are just a few things that have helped me. My health still has A LOT of improving room to do. But it's only been a year so I'm continuing my journey to see more changes. 

I just want to take a moment and thank every single person who has been there for me
Caleb: My Fiance, best friend, and amazing support. I really don't know what I would do without you. You've seen me go through so much, but you were right at my side, fighting with me. You encourage me every single day. And always make me look on the positive side, especially on days where I felt like I would never feel better. I love you so much and God has really blessed me when he put you in my life.
My parents: You are the most amazing parents. As soon as my whole lifestyle was changing. You were right there and willing to help me. I'm so thankful for everything you have done. 
Close family and friends: You know who you are. You all have asked me how I have been doing along the way. Even the smallest things, meant so much to me. From asking me how things were going, how I've been feeling, to offering me advice, and making sure at family events I had something I could eat. Nothing went unnoticed. I appreciated it all. I have one amazing support system and I just feel so thankful and blessed. 
For outside readers and followers: Thank you so much for following along! It has been encouraging knowing that I'm reaching out to people and helping others!