Disclaimer: This post may be too TMI for some – if you’d rather not read about bodily functions, don’t read any further.
I do not have a gluten allergy, nor do I suffer from celiac (at least that I know of…). My life, for as long as I can remember, has been plagued with stomach troubles. Ask my mom – there are many times that I could “vomit at the drop of a hat,” as she puts it. And she’s right. Cramps, bowel problems, gas, bloating, vomiting, you name it.
The first food group I gave up was dairy. Other than Greek yogurt, I avoid dairy. I’ve never been diagnosed as lactose intolerant, but the symptoms are all there, and I’d rather not deal with it. But giving up dairy didn’t put an end to my symptoms. The symptoms I have aren’t near as bad as when I did eat dairy, but they’re still there.
Now, I’m giving up gluten. I will admit – I haven’t done any research prior to making this decision. My best friend Jen gave up gluten a month ago and has had phenomenal results – no more tummy troubles, weight loss, inches lost. She says she’s never felt better. That intrigued me…
I started yesterday. I bought the book Wheat Belly (the same book that convinced Jen to go gluten free) and I’m already amazed at the statistics, the science, and the success behind going gluten free.
My other problem – acne. I’ve read in multiple places that wheat consumption can be linked to acne problems. I’m hoping that going gluten free will also aid in clearing up my skin – I’m not going to make any changes to my skin care routine for at least a month, to see if this helps with that also.
I can’t wait to continue with this journey/experiment and see where I end up. I would love to finally be free of stomach problems, and if this just so happens to help me reach my weight goal, even better!
Are you gluten free? Do you know anyone that is? What are your thoughts on this?