Why I’m Gluten-Free

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?

About Rachael Gilchrist

I am passionate about food and nutrition. I am an educator and a Nutritional Therapist. I love to cook and believe that everyone should be able to enjoy eating no matter what their sensitivities around food may be. Food is as an integral part of our culture and bringing people and community together. It's meant to enjoyed. If I can play a small part in helping others feel more comfortable with their food sensitivities and keep them connected to others, then I've accomplished my purpose in this blog.
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2 Responses to Why I’m Gluten-Free

  1. jastreiff says:

    I have been dairy free (cow’s milk) for almost ten years now. I stopped eating it in high school because I started experiencing tummy trouble. It surely helped and I noticed when I did eat it I would feel terrible and want to go straight to bed. Then about three years ago the tummy started to get bad again but different type of feeling than when I had problems with dairy. More of a stabbing and twisting pain in my abdomen. I started seeing a specialist for over a year and he suggested every type of pill under the sun while I kept asking if dietary changes would help. He claimed I ate too healthy and that caused my tummy problems. Docs right?

    Well after that unsuccessful year I took matters into my own hands. I completely cut out gluten, dairy, and saw an ND to get my out of wack body back to some normal levels.

    Within a few months I started feeling better. I finally got my life back! The added bonus is that I have noticed my immune system is also much stronger and I rarely ever get congestion or allergy issues (something I dealt with a few times every year).

    And I am with you… whenever I have the opportunity to eat dairy or wheat I think about… Do I want a full nights sleep tonight? Or do I want to wake up crying in pain?

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