When I eat wheat and corn I start getting headaches. If I continue eating them, the headaches progress to migraines, which really ruin my day. I also start to wake up at night with reflux. I’ll wake up to find myself standing upright, gasping for breath, chest burning from stomach acid. Trust me – it’s not good and is scary as heck. Plus, it hurts.
My joints ache and I get bloated – even my fingers swell with edema so much that my rings start to hurt. It’s a good day if I can twist my wedding ring on my hand.
You would think that any sane person with these kind of symptoms would stay as far away from the offending foods as possible. The problem is that they are very addicting. And mainstream. I try, but it’s tough. Especially with a family to also feed. I have good days and bad days. They all seem to get lumped together. The key is to start stringing more and more good days together. And never, ever give up.
***UPDATE*** May, 2012
It has been four years since I wrote Grain Free Breakfast Recipes and started this blog. My babies have grown up and so, I hope, have I.
I still struggle a bit with keeping gluten and grains out of my diet. My son doesn’t have that problem, because he strongly feels the effects of eating it immediately. It affects his thinking – giving him a foggy mind, which he can’t stand.
My diet has rotated a bit over the years. Last year I did raw vegan for several months, doing green smoothies (sooo yummy!) every day. I lost over 30 pounds in just six weeks and my energy absolutely soared. Even my dad commented that I acted like a different person.
I love eating that way, but found it difficult to continue when we loaded up the kids and the dogs and hit the road in the fifth wheel for seven months. Plus, I found myself craving hummus (it became my junk food) and discovered an obsession for Cajun boiled peanuts while we were in the south.
I am now eating mostly Paleo, although I recently started eating a bit of dairy now and then. I will go back off of that in a week or so, but for now I am enjoying heavy whipping cream in my morning coffee. Baby steps, baby steps – it’s my new mantra, along with ‘Choose Joy.’
Now that life has calmed down a bit, I will be adding more posts regarding the Paleo Diet, as it is a naturally grain and gluten free way of eating. I am also working on a small e-book on Chia Seeds with recipes and a few Special Reports that I hope will be of interest and helpful to you. I’d love to know what subjects you would like more information on. I’d hate to write something no one is interested in reading. If you’re feeling up to it, put a comment in below or drop me a line here: lisa at grainfreerecipes.com.
Thanks so much for spending your time with me. I truly hope I can help you with your journey. Please leave me a comment and let me know what is working and not working for you. It is so helpful to others (and to me!) to hear both your struggles and successes. You just never know when a stranger may have the answer you’ve been looking for.
Life is short. So take care of yourself and make a choice to feel happy today.
Peace and smiles to you!