- I was super tired- I would wake up at nine after getting a full eight hours of sleep and would be ready for a nap by 10 in the morning
- I also had severe migraines
I decided to make an appointment with my doctor. At the appointment, he determined the rash on my face was a "butterfly rash". He prescribed some ointment and a round of a steroid called Prednisone.
This started my lovely (note the sarcasm) trip on steroids ... by far the WORST medication I have EVER been on. The side effects were terrible!
For five weeks my life looked like this:
- I constantly ate everything (and I mean everything) I would eat dinner and 15 minutes later I would be starving again
- I was also on a roller coaster of emotions; one moment happy, the next miserable, then happy again
My mother was the one who suggested looking into the gluten- free idea. She was watching a TV show called Anna and Kristina's Grocery Bag, in the episode they were testing a gluten-free cookbook. The one host, Kristina talked about how she went gluten-free and listed her symptoms.
And so my research began, I spent hours researching celiac symptoms and gluten sensitivity symptoms. After four days of research, I came to the conclusion that I needed to cut out gluten.
July 21 = The day my gluten-free lifestyle began
- It was very difficult, gluten is in everything!
- I was very restricted in the foods I could and could not eat.
After consulting with my doctor and a nutritionist, it was determines that going gluten-free was something I was going to have to do. To this day, I continue to free the glutens from my diet.
My gluten-free diet;
- all vegetables
- all fruits
- all meats except lunch meat
- diary items
The hardest part for me is eating lunch while at school. There are very few options for me and some options could still have gluten in it because I don't know what is in the sauce/dressing.
Would you ever consider going gluten-free? What would be the hardest gluten item to give up?