So my doctor suggested I could have Celiacs disease a few weeks ago. He wanted me to take a blood test and have a camera put down my throat to do a biopsy to see if I should be gluten-free. My insurance couldn’t tell me how much the blood test would cost, so I thought I would try to just cut out gluten and see how I felt. It has to be a cheaper option, right? I mean, even if the insurance pays 80%, I could still be out several hundred dollars just for a blood test.
After doing some research, some of the symptoms seem to fit. And I did notice that when I ate some whole wheat bread, my joints swelled and I had heart burn. So I decided on the way to vacation that I wanted to be gluten free. Luckily I have internet on my phone so I did some more research while my husband was driving. I found some things I could eat and learned some things to stay away from.
Luckily, I found out that M&M’s are gluten free, and I had some packed for the trip. I love chocolate. I really do. And M&M’s are on my list of favorites. I can live without bread if I can have chocolate.
So the week on vacation went by fairly easily. I avoided anything that could have gluten in it and I noticed a BIG difference! I wasn’t having any heartburn (I was having a lot of heartburn even with the medicine I was on), and no abdominal pain! I had been feeling so blech prior to cutting out gluten this week, so I was glad to be feeling better!
I think the thing that jumped out the most to me when doing research, was “unexplained infertility” as a symptom/side effect of Celiac Disease. If nothing else, I will try this to see if it helps with that struggle.
I am hoping that as time goes on and I remain gluten-free, I will feel even better! I did a very low carb diet a few months ago and I did notice that I felt “lighter” when I wasn’t eating so many carbs. So hopefully I will see many good changes! I did lose weight when I wasn’t eating carbs, so that is always a good perk! I’ve been buying all new clothes at thrift stores to fit my new low carb body, and here is one of my new favorite outfits:
I’ve already found a few friends that are also gluten-free, and a lot of resources on the internet to help me find good food choices. Traveling and stopping for fast food is a struggle, and the girl at McDonald’s gave me a very funny look when I asked if the wrap on the snack wrap is gluten-free, lol! Salads are pretty safe, so I will stick with those while traveling.
I am creating a board on Pinterest for gluten-free recipes I find, so if you are looking for some new ones, check out my board!
Do you eat gluten free?