After I'd eat, I knew my stomach was going to start hurting, certain times were worse than others. I've gone to the hospital a few times for stomach issues due to pain and the doctors all said I was fine and nothing was wrong. I had so many little health issues that were frustrating. My stomach problems and digestion process were such a pain in the neck. The only time doctors found anything was when I was in 6th grade, I couldn't hold food down at all. They gave me a medicine that helped but then once I was off the meds, food wouldn't stay down. I also had an endoscopy performed and they found the beginnings of an ulcer. Normally this occurs when someone is highly stressed or is depressed and I was only 11 about to turn 12 at the time! Not sure if that's related at all but I've noticed more and more improvements lately with many of my issues. About 2 1/2 years ago my digestion and stomach issues were becoming more and more severe and I didn't know why. I went to a specialist who performed an endoscopy and colonoscopy and once again - nothing was found.
My skin issues are another of my main problems apart from digestion and stomach issues. I was randomly breaking out in hives on my face neck and chest. This occurred even if I only walk into a restaurant and before I even ate anything! My boyfriend, friends, family members, they would all be worried thinking they're going to have to call an ambulance!!! It would also happen after eating certain foods but then I would try the same food a few months later and have NO REACTION! So this was beyond confusing for myself and everyone around me. I had started a new job back in early April in a spa (I'm a Massage Therapist) and I was talking to one of the estheticians. She obviously had noticed the issues with my skin and she told me it was Eczema. I had heard from a friend who gave up gluten a few years ago that she also had issues with skin before she stopped eating anything with gluten. My skin has improve slowly but surely on a gluten free diet.
I was randomly on Pinterest a little over a month ago after I had gotten home from a doctors appointment. My friend and I talked and decided to look up gluten free recipes. Out of nowhere while scrolling through, a pin appeared for the symptoms of Celiac Disease. I've never been tested for it before. I clicked on the pin out of interest just to see what the symptoms were were. Out of 84 common symptoms, I have had 58 through out the years. Some more severe than others.
Since I gave up gluten I've noticed improvements in most of my symptoms. I'm sleeping much better at night, I feel like I don't lose nearly as much hair as I was losing on a daily basis, my mood has drastically improved, I'm not bloated after I eat anymore, I've finally started losing weight when I plateaued for months, I have more energy, and more improvements! I've cheated on the gluten free diet in the last month and have eaten a few bites of 4 gluten containing foods. I noticed how my mood and energy level switched and my stomach pain come back. I accidentally consumed gluten containing foods on 2 other occasions and within an hour my mood completely changed. I was cranky and exhausted. I asked a co worker if what I'd ate contained gluten. She doesn't eat gluten foods either. She relied that the food did. Now I know what happens when I have "cheat" bites, I didn't think that small amount would affect me as much as it does! I'm definitely going to talk to my doctor and let her know about the changes I've made and what I feel has improved and see what she says. So as for right now, I'm not going anywhere near gluten because I just feel so much better. I hope this can help somebody with some of the same problems that I've been dealing with.
Probably just an intolerance or sensitivity considering I'm so new with the whole gluten free cooking concept
What foods do you miss the most?
So far I haven't really noticed a whole lot that I miss besides pizza. But almost everything I ate gave me stomach aches anyways
What's your favourite recipe now?
My mom found an awesome gluten free granola recipe she made for me and she's jealous because it tastes better than her regular home made granola she's been making for years =)
Do you buy specialised food products from the supermarket? If so what?
Everytime I've gone somewhere to buy any food or groceries, I just automatically look on the boxes and bags to see if it says gluten free. If it doesn't, then I look at the ingredients to see if it has wheat barley or malt. So instead of regular tortilla chips I started buying blue corn tortilla chips because I wasn't sure if regular ones had gluten or not, the ones I buy say on the bag gluten free
Have you used www.eatsimplynow.com? Is it easy to use?
I just used it for the first time and was reading the other stories and looking at the recipes, and I definitely have some ideas on what I'll be making for dinner =)
Do you think the variety of products in the supermarket is adequate for people with food challenges?
Not necessarily because there's obviously going to be foods I'll eventually start missing. Plus just the aggravation of certain bags and boxes not saying gluten free so I have to read ingredients is a pain but I'm hoping eventually my shopping trips will be much shorter.
Do you eat out or get takeaway? If so what do you look for or buy when you do?
My boyfriend and I had gone to a restaurant by my house about 2 weeks ago for our anniversary and I had told the waiter that I can't have gluten so luckily he was patient while I was trying to figure out what is and is not gluten free. He was also very helpful because he knows a little bit about it.
Does the rest of the family eat the same as you?
I wish they did, but no. I'm hoping that when I try recipes and they try it as well that I'll be able to convince them to go gluten free too. Or at least go gluten free in the house.
Do you think society as a whole takes food challenges seriously?
Not necessarily because I have read stories on blogs about people with gluten intolerance and celiac that they'll be at a restaurant and they've ended up getting sick shortly after because the cooks and servers didn't care about cross contamination when they prepared meals