I have been wanting to write this post for a while but kept forgetting/being lazy.
Hopefully it can help someone out?
A few days after Maggie was born, I started getting a rash all over my stomach. It was miserable, absolutely miserable. My midwife told me it was: P.U.P.P.S. a rare rash pregnant girls get from hormones being crazy, so I was extra odd getting it AFTER pregnancy, especially with my third baby. The only cure: time. My midwife recommended some herbal supplements to help cleanse. I took some and notices a slight improvement.
I feel that if we are still, and open, our bodies can tell us what we need to do. I think women especially have an incredible gift to be able to listen to their bodies. So finally, I sat, tried to clear my mind, and just listen to what my body needed to do to find relief from this horrible rash. And a little whisper came: cut out gluten.
Um, that was a hard pill to swallow, gluten is seriously in every thing. Specifically in everything I love.
Well, I gave it a shot, cut it out and in a few days, the rash was gone. Then I had some pizza at a party, and it started coming back. So then I knew what I needed to do. No more gluten. NOT EASY.
As time went on my rash was gone, as my hormones were getting more level, so I became more and more lax with my intake of gluten. I was back to eating cereals, breads, pastas...you know things that you are told are good for your body.
Then, after a few weeks, my joints, specifically my knees, ankles and wrists would ache so bad I could not go exercise, they would throb, felt inflamed and swollen. My guts felt swollen, tender to the touch, and I was definitely not regular any more. And I started getting an itchy rash, just like I had before but in odd places, like my wrists, (above picture) on my chest, my fingers and toes.
I was so confused, I thought I ate healthy, I was very hygienic, I loved exercise and all a sudden I felt like I was falling apart.
Right around this same time I re-connected with an old friend, Meagan, (remember her?). She would post things on her blog/facebook about the Paleo lifestyle, about being gluten free. I would skim them and think: "thats neat, glad she found something for her". One day after coming back home early from a run in tears because my knees hurt so bad and I was SO frustrated with my body. I felt a little whisper: talk to Meagan about Paleo.
I thought, "that's odd. But Ok."
Long story short, Chad and I decided to live Paleo for about a month, why not? Maybe it could help me? Well, you guessed it. It did help and then some. Rashes? GONE. I could go for a four mile run and not only no more wincing in pain but I felt great. My energy level and moods were better, and my gut health was for the first time in years, was comfortable and normal, like I didnt need to take my supplements to help me any more.
I honestly was kinda shocked how basically any health issue I had going on, was helped if not eliminated by eating gluten free, no refined sugar, and more organic and natural.
And honestly, It's not that hard to eat gluten free when you have a plan, we try to buy organic when we can, but lets me honest budget is real tight and there are NO natural food stores here. Just walmart and the little neighborhood grocery stores. Here's an example of what on our menu the next few days:
S:carrot sticks+ homemade ranch
L: taco salad
D: roasted sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers and mushrooms with sausage.
S: apple+almond butter
L: (picnic!) boiled eggs, berries, carrot sticks, and sugar snap peas,
D: shrimp-veggie stir fry+ rice.
B:banana almond smoothie
S:rolled up deli meats +veggies
L:apple chicken sausage in a salad with avocado, apple slices, boiled eggs, dried cranberries + apple cider viegar and olive oil
D: pumpkin curry soup+spinach+rice+rotisserie chicken
The hard part is sticking to gluten free when you at friend's house, a party, out to dinner...I'm still working on this. If you have any pointers, let me know, I need them!
Well, there ya go, my long post about me and my relationship with gluten.
I hope I can help someone out there with this!
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