It has occurred to me that I have never shared my gluten-free story on my own GFA blog before, ha ha! So here we go….
I’ve always had digestive problems throughout my life. The doctors believe that I was lactose intolerant as an infant because I would cry constantly, even after being fed. I suffered from GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) as a teenager, having two endoscopies to check how it was affecting the lining of my stomach.
At the same time, I was working at an ice cream shop and felt sick constantly. It turns out that, when I hit puberty, I developed a lactose intolerance! (That would explain the sickness, as I sampled ice cream constantly… 🙂 )
As a college student, I contracted mono and suffered from it for about 9 months. However, while the rest of the collegiate world was sleeping 24/7 as a result of the kissing disease…I couldn’t sleep. I felt as if I drank an entire pot of coffee, and would lay awake until 3 or 5 am. On top of that, I was getting headaches constantly and couldn’t figure out why. It was so frustrating.
Bloodwork tests concluded that I did not have Celiac’s/Sprue disease, but I still wasn’t feeling better. My mother suggested that, while on vacation in 2009, I cut out gluten for two weeks.
After two weeks….
I was sleeping like a baby.
My headaches were gone.
I didn’t feel bloated or distended like I had in the past months.
I just felt better.
I’ve been eating gluten-free ever since.