Okay, this little episode in my life is too important not to share. Early in January I was at Sprouts Market, a “healthy” food store here in California, and spied a magazine about eating gluten free. I’ve always been curious about gluten and purchased the magazine.
There were several great articles in it and one that gave me enough of a clue about gluten intolerance and Celiac disease that I wanted to know more. So, of course I went online. Here’s what I found on the Celiac Disease Foundation's website –
CLASSIC SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE
· Abdominal cramping, intestinal gas
· Distention and bloating of the stomach
· Chronic diarrhea or constipation (or both)
· Steatorrhea – fatty stools
· Anemia – unexplained, due to folic acid, B12 or iron deficiency (or all)
· Unexplained weight loss with large appetite or weight gain
· Dental enamel defects
· Osteopenia, osteoporosis
· Bone or joint pain
· Fatigue, weakness and lack of energy
· Infertility – male/female
· Mouth ulcers
· Delayed puberty
· Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
· Migraine headaches
Without being too personal, I had 10 of these symptoms. Now, I have no idea if I have celiac disease or just gluten intolerance, but it doesn’t really matter because the treatment is the same – quit eating gluten. I’ve done that since Jan. 8th and all 10 of the symptoms have disappeared. The one symptom that truly troubled me the most was persistent fatigue. Long daily naps were a constant in my life. No longer. I’ve taken two short naps since the 10th of January and I don’t feel as life has conquered me anymore.
What it takes to go gluten-free isn’t all that arduous. It’s too much to explain here, but all the resources are online anyway.
If you’re experiencing quite a few of these symptoms, I urge you to give it a try. I’m also a diabetic so it had become a mental refrain “it’s the diabetes”. Well, in this case, it wasn’t, and I'm so glad I gave it a shot.
Best news – Blood Marys are gluten-free! Red’s a happy camper.