About 10 years ago, I started feeling terrible. In fact, I was nauseated for an entire year. Believe me, it was not fun! I saw several doctors, tried medications, tried a more homeopathic route, even had a tube with a camera in my stomach and they found nothing.
On my own I even tried going gluten free and did not see a major difference or improvement. So pretty much, I simply had to suffer with terrible digestion and acid reflux for 10 years.
A little over two years ago I was introduced to a naturopath in my area. By this point I was willing to try anything because it was getting so bad I could not stand it any more - I was sick all the time.
She ran some tests and made some suggestions concerning diet change and supplements, and so I began my journey. It was hard because she had me not only off gluten again but also processed sugar, soy, dairy, processed foods, and a ton of other foods that are so yummy to eat.
And with all that I didn't even feel that much better. It took 6 months for me to start feeling better - it seemed like forever but eventually I did. I will not say that I am 100% healed... because I am not. But I can say that I am 50-75% better than before and that is a huge difference for me. It makes life more livable.
Another side effect of eating better is I am not so tired (even after adopting our girls). I used to get 9-10 hours of sleep a night and even still I could barely get going until late afternoon, and I could not fall asleep until well after midnight.
Now I get bed around 11 and get up around 7-7:30 AM. And although I would never consider myself a morning person, I am not longer exhausted - even with two crazy girls in the morning.
After the girls came, I was talking to my naturopath about them and telling her how my oldest had behavior that borders on ADHD symptoms, and she recommended having the two of them go gluten free, too. She said that sometimes a gluten free diet can help children who are easily stimulated. And with my gluten free diet it was an easy switch, and the girls barely noticed. In the end I can't say for sure how much it has helped the girls because there is so much more involved like introducing structure to them and having strict but loving discipline (we try to do Love and Logic). All of these things combined, including going GF, have made a huge difference. I think the thing my husband and I like the most about it is that it really cuts down on the junk food factor. I have been at two separate activities where kids were simply stuffing themselves with cookies- but there were my two girls - eating two small homemade gluten free cookies each. And the majority of the time they don't even complain!
Now they just think they are special when I bring them their GF treats to preschool. One kid even was jealous than my oldest had a cupcake when he just had cake, too funny..
I am not a tyrant about GF and processed sugar-free. I hold the "do your best philosophy." It is simply impossible to know if a burger has not been cross-contaminated with wheat at a restaurant, even if we order it without a bun. I try to bake with Agave Syrup but on birthdays I have most definitely used the Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cake Mixes (and I even have eaten them). But I do not follow my guidelines as strictly as I used to - as I now drink quite a bit of milk and eat cheese (sometimes to my digestive systems' detriment).
But I have come to the conclusion that food has a huge effect on our bodies and the closer to natural, unprocessed foods we eat, the better off we are. I am in the process of researching using coconut oil instead of other oils and eating grass-fed beef and milk products. Right now our finances are not allowing it all the time but I plan on ordering some grass-fed ground beef on Amazon with all the free gift cards I earn from Swagbucks- just to try it out.
I am even thinking I running to the store soon to get some grass-feed cream and having a butter making experiment. If I do I will post about it with pictures. (note- I really wanted to do this- but I went to the store and the only grass fed cream that is available is raw. I didn't mind trying the raw after I did some reaseach on it- but it is almost $12 for a pint- and I could buy the same brand's raw butter for only $7, so unless I can find a cheaper source of grass feed cream the butter making experiment will have to be on hold).
So that is why we are gluten and processed sugar free (mostly) and all in all- I like it that way.
Welcome to My Petite Chefs. We are so glad that you are here.
My names is Jen and my husband and I recently adopted two little girls from our county. These girls love to be in the kitchen, cooking, helping, washing dishes, whatever really- they just love it.
Now having them there is not always easy- their little hands are everywhere. But it's really good for them and it gives me a chance to let go of some control a little bit at a time.
Hope you enjoy hearing about our journey.