Have you traveled along in life and suddenly came upon a road block? That is how I would describe my health these last four years after giving up gluten. I had been feeling so much better, but would notice in the fall, that I was so inflamed and bloated. I would usually gain two dress sizes and about 10-12 lbs. I usually would scratch my head and wonder why. I love fresh fruit and vegetables and would eat a steady diet of them. I do not have a sweet tooth and would naturally gravitate to salty and spicy foods. I did not eat a lot of carbs, because I enjoyed the fresh vegetables and fruit so much more. I could not for the life of me figure out what was going on.
I researched and tried different things. I bought organic whenever I could find it; I would buy good quality vitamins; the only thing that seemed to work was time. I began to notice a pattern. Winter time seemed to be the best for me with the colder temps my edema would disappear and my weight would come off. I read an article about paying attention to foods and diagnosing the for warning signs such as a tingling tongue or a rapid heart rate on what foods to avoid. I figured out a couple foods such as pineapple and broccoli. There probably were more, but I would forget to pay attention as I would eat my food.
My yearly checkups would go like this; lab tests results would be thyroid was good, cholesterol good, and I was basically in good health. The doctor would tell me to watch my calories. I would tell her I had no appetite and that I would intake about 1200-1300 a day. She told me to exercise more.
I began to think I would have to accept the new me and the quirks that came with my body. I knew I wasn't overeating; I was eating fruits and vegetables and low calories; I exercised; and yet I gained weight and felt miserable. I was beginning to realize gaining weight may not always be because one is overeating. I also noticed when we would eat out that the majority of people were eating salads and saying no to desserts, breads and fries and yet they too looked inflamed like me. I began to wonder how many people in this big wide world were going through the same thing as me? So what's the deal?
I didn’t know who to go to or how to tackle this miserable road block. So I prayed that God would help me find a solution to heal my body. The journey to better health continues on.