About 5 years ago I started to notice that my stomach was not handling food the way it used to. I was getting sharp pains and my energy levels were low. I figured it was just a small ulcer and quit eating as much greasy foods. For the next couple of years my symptoms got worse. I would be in pain after every meal and then crash and need to take naps in order to function. I was dizzy, irritable, and even started fainting. My digestive system was completely out of whack and between gas and other bowel pains, it became almost a chore to eat. During this time, I had countless tests on my heart, head, thyroid, etc. Nothing was conclusive. The doctors had no clue what could be happening with my body.
During a family reunion 3 years ago I was talking to a cousin and my great-grandmother who had both been diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease when I realized that my symptoms were very similar. I began a food journal and found out that it was in-fact gluten that was making my sick, and sometimes dairy and sugar. I decided to go completely off gluten and limit my dairy and sugar intake (though I do indulge in those from time to time). My life changed overnight and I have been amazed at the results.
Living with Celiac’s Disease can be challenging and frustrating at times, but the benefits of following a strict gluten free diet are so worth it. Gluten free cooking is like learning to cook all over again. It is fun, exciting, and always an adventure. I hope you will enjoy learning from this adventure with me and if you even have any questions, feel free to email me at glutenlessgoddess at gmail.com