Healthy Eating

I’m sure many of you have heard of gluten free eating. It’s not intended to be a diet. It’s intended as a lifestyle change for many people who suffer from gluten allergies or celiacs disease. So what’s gluten? Gluten is a substance found in grains, cereal, wheat that stretchy elastic look. It’s a type of “sticky” protein. And though it may taste super yummy (a loaf of French bread anyone) it can throw our digestive system completely out of whack. I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR AN EXPERT! So please don’t go taking anything on here as medical opinions or whatever! But for those of us who have issues with gluten you know just how miserable you can feel. I haven’t been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. What I have been diagnosed with is a shit ton of food allergies that can have similar effects to gluten induced symptoms. I am allergic to brewers yeast ( no beer for me folks), bakers yeast ( damnit!) wheats, oats are okay though. Oranges, egg plants, bananas, dairy, peanuts (I f’n love peanut butter) and the list goes on and on. The yeast and wheat allergies have forced me to live a gluten free life for the most part. I love milk and cheese and so far I’ve just decided to deal with the side effects. However, since learning of all the other allergies I have, and cutting them out, I have not been half as sick as I normally use to be.
I’m asthmatic as well. And come to find out, some of the times I thought I was just having another attack, we realized that it could have been triggered by a food allergy. Trust me when I tell you that it’s like the heavens opened up and the angels sang when we figured this out. I’ve had asthmas since I was 2 and it wasn’t until after I turned 30 that we figured all of this out.
Food allergies can cause different symptoms not just difficulty breathing.
Headaches, upset stomach, stomach cramps, bloating, fatigue, your ears itching, the roof of your mouth swelling, etc. again I am not a doctor and these are mostly my symptoms. But if you seem to think you have food allergies it’s worth talking to your dr about.
Occasionally I fall off the wagon & eat something I’m not supposed to and that leads to me feeling no bueno. On top of all the things I can’t eat because they make me ill, I also choose to not eat meat. No chicken, no beef, no pork, no turkey. If it walks on land, this girl does not eat it.
My conscious constantly interfered with me after I saw the documentary about where our food comes from. The way animals are treated is beyond horrific. And cruel and I can’t continue to be a part of that. My family still consumes meat and I cook for them because I cannot push my beliefs on anyone, however I try so hard to always buy cage free, free roaming chicken and such. I eat eggs and again I buy farm house, cafe free, free roaming, organic eggs.
I will try to include a lot of gluten free brands in my next post for those who are interested. I hate that I can’t post it but as always, time isn’t on my side. Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday! Xoxoxo

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