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In the summer of 2009, my body revolted. My slightly temperamental stomach became unable to handle anything. Crackers and toast gave me 3 hours worth of digestive pain. I didn’t want to eat, I had little desire to drink, I didn’t want to go out in public, and I couldn’t concentrate on anything except the pain in my stomach. Agoraphobia, claustrophobia, and anxiety reigned supreme for months.
The doctor’s diagnosis? I needed a shrink and yoga, and to cut back on the antacids in favor candied ginger. I knew I was going crazy, but it was the food that started the crazy, not the crazy that started the food issues.
The journey to getting to a gluten free diet isn’t my favorite to talk about, but I still do often because I live in Orange County and most people think I’ve just jumped on the bandwagon. I absolutely oppose people choosing gluten free as a fad diet.
As a lifestyle change, though, I think it has merit. Here are the Top 5 changes that have improved my life over the last five years.
I haven’t been officially tested for Celiacs, but gluten intolerance runs in my family (my poor grandpa had to deal with it in the 70s, if you can imagine). The only definitive tests would require me to eat gluten consistently for a number of days, even over a week. I’m not prepared to do that. For the time being, I will continue to say that I am gluten intolerant and, when people ask me, untested but likely to have Celiacs.
My diet restrictions have done nothing but improve my life. I’m a healthier person, I eat more diverse food, and I’ve gained a significant amount of willpower.
I hold that people should never jump on a fad diet bandwagon. But, I fully support a dietary change that improves your life. Whether you have to do it for restrictive reasons or you’re willing to make a permanent change, you won’t regret it.
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