I have had spring allergies my whole life… not this year!
I have had motion sickness… not anymore!! While vacationing in Hawaii we were on the road to Hana, which has 617 turns and Ron was driving, and me: no motion sickness at all!!
I do not get air sick, no more gut pain, and my joint pain is really low (of course until I hit a class with Kelly S. Morris that kicked my bumper)!
I am really surprised going off wheat did all this for me. I had lipomas (big lumps in my gut) and pain that would not allow me to stand up. Gut problems plagued me and my doctor offered to surgically remove the painful knots in my upper and lower abdomen, but I was really scared I had some major issue that was leading up to something even worse. I felt like I had tried everything. I had even gone gluten free a couple of times but felt it did not work and just left me hungry.
One day late last fall I met with Dr. Norm Shealy and it changed my life!! He was so kind and matter of fact: Quit eating wheat!! I said I did and he told me it takes about 3 months to really get it out of my system and that wheat is in so many items I’d have to read the labels on everything. He said what do you have to lose but all of that inflammation? He said month one I’ll feel better, month two I will really think I’m onto something, and by month three I will just sit around going “Hey I feel great!”
Month one (October) I decided to really not make this a diet but a lifestyle change. I baked gluten free bread, brownies, and even bought some GF biscotti for my coffee. I did not want to feel deprived during the holidays, just better. At Thanksgiving I had GF pumpkin pie etc…
The swelling in my belly was going down. I had gained a little weight but decided not to sweat it because that was not the goal. I was feeling better!!
Month two I was getting the hang of it and even eating out was easier. I would tell them I had a wheat allergy and most people were happy to help. One waiter was no help at all and I had a bad relapse with a sauce I am sure was thickened with flour, because by the time dinner was over I could barely stand up straight and had to get to the car. I was swollen and sick for three days. Lesson learned!!
By the time the holidays were in full swing I had the hang of it. I was really enjoying my life, I had no idea how sick I had been and what feeling good was truly like.
In 2011, I ran a half marathon and was so sick, It was a low point. You’re supposed to carb load for runs and my training days would end with me in bed and very sick. The day of the half marathon I stopped at nine porta-potties and when I sat down at the end my abdomen swelled a good four inches. You could see it swelling. I remember sitting in the grass thinking, do I suck it up or call and ambulance over? It was embarrassing and I felt weak and sad. Later I would learn that that internal swelling and those pain bumps would be so irritated they would bleed and my digestive system was under attack.
But now I am training again for a half marathon in May and what a difference! I use fruit for carbs or a rice based grain. I can run (still really slowly) for 2 hours and forget I ever had a problem. I do stand amazed every time I run.
While on our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Maui and I could not get over how good I felt. I feel a little sorry for myself that I had to suffer for so many years. As a kid I would get upper and lower GI problems and take a med for this or for that. I could not exercise and in college just ate very little of anything except junk food–french fries, chocolate, and potato chips are Gluten free by the way!
So here I sit and wonder where my spring allergies are? I have made a full recovery and embraced my hidden allergy, it took a lot of time and education. It is not something I could just try, it is something I’ve had to commit to–did you know there is gluten in soy sauce, salad dressings, etc.?! There is also a healthy God made path to food that is gluten-free. I would not trade how I feel for all of the fresh baked bread in the world!! My doctor even said “In all the years I have known you I have never felt your belly where it did not have lumps and you jumped off the table at the touch of it.” She was pretty happy with me and I hope she will recommend a diet change to people now who suffered like I did. I know it is getting popular to be gluten free and I say “GOOD!” It’s healthier for everyone, but for me it has been a life-changer!
Now I am ready to run my half marathon, ride my bike, and live my life this summer like I never have before!! I did have to put myself on a little diet because I had gained some weight with all of my new found baking skills and work-arounds in my diet. :)
My message today is do not short change yourself or your life and settle for feeling bad, broke or unhappy. If not now when? I teach that at Jordan Essentials all the time. It was a tough one to figure out and I suffered in silence for years. Opening up to Norm was a great thing to do that day and now I am living a healthier, happier life. What do you need to do and where can you go for help to make this your best life ever?!
Blessing and Health