Today is day 1 of my Gluten Free Advocate blog. How did I get here? Why am I doing this? Here’s my story:
In the fall of 2008, I contracted Mononucleosis (ie. “Mono”) and suffered through it during my sophomore year in college. While I was told that I would sleep more than usual, I found that I had trouble falling asleep (my body felt as if I had consumed several cups of coffee prior to bedtime). My heart would be beating so fast, and I struggled to fall asleep until 4 or 5 in the morning.
These sleep problems did not go away. As a matter of fact, they continued on for a year after my Mono diagnosis. Furthermore, I struggled with digestive problems (bloating after small amounts of food) and frequent headaches. I decided to look into the issues (admittedly, via the internet). I found article after article pointing me to a gluten intolerance. I thought, “could I really develop a gluten intolerance from Mono?” and decided to eliminate gluten from my diet for two weeks.
Within two weeks, my headaches and bloating were gone, and for the first time in a year, I slept deeply and peacefully. However, my medical tests and bloodwork said that I do not have a full-blown allergy or Celiac’s/Sprue Disease.
Nevertheless, I have taken this into my own hands and decided to eliminate gluten from my diet and have been successfully doing so since June, 2009.
Why am I doing this?
I recently decided to take my health in my own hands and analyze what I’ve been eating that is “gluten free”. I only recently realized that many gluten free items are white rice flour and are severely processed foods! I never second-guessed my gluten free pasta, but now I realize that I can take another step in the right direction with my health. And with this, glutenfreeadvocate.com is born!
I plan to document my fitness goals with my gluten free eating and hope to support others while others continue to inspire me.
And so the journey begins…