My Food Sensitivities Path

If you've been following me even for a little while, you know my sensitivities list has grown through the years. I find that "gluten free" does not work as a description for me. I have to say grain free. No rice, corn, wheat, rye, barley, even quinoa bothers me! EEEEEK!

But it wasn't always that way.

I used to eat rice like it was going out of style. Leftover rice for breakfast with eggs and GF soy sauce. MMMM! Good stuff!

I started out gluten free, and nowadays, it's not so hard, because it's gotten really "popular."

Example: My HUSBAND made gluten free funnel cake yesterday. With NO help from me. It was sooo easy. And I even had a few bites. It was amazing. I paid for it over night. My sinuses were draining down my throat all night. And this other weird thing that happens: I get a spasm deep in my ear. Only when I'm sleeping. It wakes me up in a coughing jag. I'm waiting to see what happens in the next few days. Typically it would be pain in my joints today or tomorrow, and then anger and anxiety. YAY!

The reason I'm telling you all this is because I've been where you are:

  • I've sat in the car crying before going into a restaurant.
  • I've ugly cried in a friend's bathroom because they invited me over and told me they had food for me, but they didn't.
  • I've struggled at work with a pile of Krispy Kreme donuts staring me in the face.
  • I've faced the horror of making dinner for multiple people with multiple sensitivities.
  • I've spent a lot of time interviewing restaurant managers about their recipes and cooking techniques. (I'm talking to you, Sonya at Chick-Fil-A. Thanks for telling me the Waffle Fries from heaven are cooked in a different vat than the chicken!!)
And I have mastered it. I bake gluten free and dairy free amazing treats for friends and family (they never know it's gluten free). I make paleo meals for dinner soirees. Nobody notices anything except the amazing taste! And some people want to know why things taste so good. I always tell them they are used to bread taking up all the taste. I didn't have a cake at my wedding and nobody. Noticed!

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How I Discovered My Gluten Sensitivity

As you know, I was sick a lot growing up! It wasn't until I was in my late 20's that I figured out that I was gluten sensitive. It was before GF was even a thing! So how did I come up with it? With the help of a natural health professional that happened to be a friend of mine!

I was struggling with my health, work, and my volunteer work, and a friend of mine was taking all these classes on natural health (little did I know that 15 years later I would be taking those same classes!)

So, this friend of mine had atrocious handwriting… she couldn't even read it, but I had worked for a doctor and learned how to decipher chicken scratch! And she also needed a guinea pig to test all her newfound research on… a match made in heaven.
We decided to barter: I typed up all her notes from her classes, and got free natural health care while I was at it. Now it did take a long time to type up those notes, but I got several things from this barter:

  • A free amazing education on natural health. Sometimes I will hear someone ask a question about a certain health issue, and I'll say, "wow, have you ever taken B6 for that?" And they will ask, "How do you know that?" And I just smile and say I heard it "somewhere."
  • Health care!! I got some amazing massages (RAINDROP anyone!?), nutrition advice, supplement education, and much, much more
Does it feel like I digressed?? I didn't.

Here's what happened:

She suggested that I do an elimination diet. So I did. No wheat, sugar or dairy. Now at the time, this was very, very hard. There were no gluten free packaged goods or flours. I thought my life was over! But it wasn't. It was just beginning!

Three days later, I couldn't believe how I felt! The pain in my joints was gone. I had energy, not from sugar. It was so exciting that I kept it up and it was so amazing to feel good that I decided to do a volunteer trip to build a missionary home in the Cayman Islands. Yeah, what a sacrifice, right?

So, while I was there, I tried to eat on that diet, but food was provided for us the whole time, and the chocolate chip cookies were flowing! What else could I do but enjoy. But I felt ROTTEN almost the whole time. That's when I discovered it. I'm sensitive to wheat. And that was somewhere around 1999 or so, and I have been GF since then. And feeling better in a lot of ways than I did in my 20's!

So, what are you willing to do to feel better?

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