15 years ago I went gluten free because of many, many GI problems I was having. I am sure a lot of you out there know what I am talking about. Gas, bloating, nausea, alternating constipation and diarrhea; fun times!
I felt really good for about 10 years eating gluten free. When I say eating gluten free 15 years ago, it was basically give up any kind of breads, pasta and sweets because what was available, quite frankly tasted like cardboard and was extremely dry. Every once in a while I would try gluten again and would be fine for about 3 days then all the old symptoms came back.
I started to notice in the last 5+ years more and more gluten-free options available, whoo hoo! So I started eating gluten free bread, gluten free cookies, gluten free this gluten free that. What I also noticed is I was feeling un-well again. Not the GI symptoms but my joints ached, finger nails started to peel, tiredness when I should have had a lot of energy, skin rashes, ‘female’ problems etc. I chalked it up to getting older and just tried to ignore all the symptoms. I hate going to the doctor so I avoid it at all cost. My family says if my head was chopped off I would try sticking it back on and say I was fine. Perhaps not that extreme but I am my own worst enemy when it comes to my health.
After finding out some alarming news about my health I decided to smarten up and go see my Naturopath to see what she could offer me besides medication, surgery and some other very invasive treatments my GP and specialist wanted to do. A few tests later and she said my hormones were out of balance, I had inflammation in my body that was off the charts and she said I was reacting to a lot of things in my diet.
Now I have studied nutrition for years and thought I knew a thing or two about how to eat to stay healthy, well I did when it came to other people but I was different! Yeah ok, I need to write a book called “The Lies I Tell Myself”.
I argued with my ND that I ate healthy, I was eating gluten free! She said you may be eating gluten free but everything you are eating is high glycemic and very inflammatory…..hmmm so those ggluten free cookies were not really healthy? NO! I actually started paying attention to the labels on the gluten free pre-packaged food I was consuming. Holy Moly! Yeah, not so healthy. I was always fastidious about reading labels when it came to the stuff I fed my kids especially when it came to snacks and treats. For me, well not so much. I was a busy single mom who would go all day without eating then grab a bag of gluten free snacks to curb my hunger. I also travelled a lot and ate out more than I wanted. I needed to change things if I was going to feel better.
It wasn’t easy to find healthy prepackaged gluten free foods, correct that, it was impossible to find healthy prepackaged gluten free foods. Everything had a ton of sugar, rice flour, potato starch or flour, and other high glycemic / inflammatory ingredients. I cut out all bread, pasta and sweets out of my diet again. I felt fantastic. The only problem was sometimes I felt like a sandwich or a cookie with my tea.
This is why I created the Allergic Solution mixes