“Hey, lets go get something to eat really quick”! This statement isn’t even an option for me anymore, and it’s actually very difficult to deal with. I have undiagnosed celiac disease, and I’ve just recently started to recover from my worst health crisis so far in my life. Pain, agony and deep depression were all on the agenda for me during my battle with this crazy disease.
When I look back on previous times, in the past 7 years or so after I got out of rehab, it all seems to add up. Several times, I had to go to the ER because I felt like I was physically dying, but couldn’t explain what I was going through to the doctors. The severe hangovers, the heart palpitations, etc, were all my unique reactions to gluten. After being suggested to take several types of anxiety and depression medications, I decided to take my health into my own hands. I started eliminating foods from my diet, such as breads and fast food (well, at least I thought I was removing gluten far before I actually had been). Sauces, like soy sauce and teriyaki, are all full of gluten. As I began to completely remove gluten from my diet, I also started losing weight more and more. My pain would progress into osteoarthritic pain in my joints, just overall feeling horrible. My back pain was almost intolerable and I even felt suicidal for a day or so. These pains I would later find out come from vitamin deficiency as well as other biological processes rejecting food. All those years, I had been slowly destroying the villi in my small intestines. When I started to have symptoms, it was literally my gut telling me that something was wrong. The immense pain had such a horrible effect on my relationship with my partner, as well. Our communication was down to almost nil, and I was so negative about everything that she was giving up hope as well. I’m so grateful to have her help me get through this, to where I am today. Once I transitioned into a new home and went to a whole food only diet, I began to gain the weight back and still continue to feel better everyday. Having a healthy state of mind, along with all my amazing friends and family helping me feel the sense of community, has been a key part of this success on my path.
“Let’s go to the market and get something to cook”! This statement is how I live nowadays, other than the occasional restaurant we go out to eat at that is knowledgeable about celiac disease. It can be a bit of a task to cook fresh food so often, but there is something incredibly satisfying about preparing fresh food and knowing where it all came from. One of the blessings in disguise about this entire chapter in my life has been my awareness as to what I am actually putting into my body. We are surrounded by toxins, but if we choose to be mindful, we can really transform our health. Every seven years our bodies replace each cell, therefore, you literally are what you eat.
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