I just feel better. For the past 15 years, I have dramatically reduced my intake of breads in general. As a result, I’ve been able to maintain my weight and the pain I can get in my arthritic fingers. A couple of years ago, I had a blood test taken to help me determine the kinds of foods I should limit and avoid. Gluten was one of the foods on the “limited” list. In general I knew that if I ate “too much” gluten, then I would feel some arthritic pain. Other issues that I had was shoulder pain that would “settle in” sometimes for weeks at a time, and about two years ago, I started experiencing a mid-back pain that would also come and go monthly, that was helped by physical therapy. It never occurred to me that what I ate affected the pain I was experiencing in my back until a doctor suggested I consider it. Removing gluten altogether seemed the most obvious thing to do since I already knew I had issues with it. The first thing that happened was the pain in my shoulder went away and then for three months, my back pain subsided. Wow! Such a change from the every month pain I was getting. Unfortunately, another food I have an issue with is milk and I notice that I’ve been wanting to consume it more frequently. However, it seems that without the gluten, it takes longer for the milk to start affecting me. Anyways, that’s another issue. The point is for me, going gluten-free has made me feel better. Now when I’m faced with something that contains gluten in it, I think, “Do I want to experience pain later or not?” It’s a choice I have to make. Also, I’m learning to find other food alternatives and not just look for substitutions.
How about you? Are you gluten-free or in the process of giving it up? What’s your story?