Thank you so much for visiting Gluten and Dairy Free Life. This has been a long process for me and I am so excited that I get to share this with you.
My gluten and dairy-free journey began in 2010. I went to the doctor to find out why I was feeling so ill, and the first thing he said was that he wanted me to go off gluten and dairy for two weeks. What?! I had never heard of anyone having a gluten issue or that there was a possibility that dairy could bother me. Me? Now? I decided I would give it a try – doctor’s orders and all…so after just a couple of days, I felt as if my head wasn’t so “cloudy” and after a few more days, my gut health was improving. Two weeks later, I knew that I had to change my lifestyle to eliminate dairy and gluten forever if I wanted to feel this good all the time.
Eliminating gluten and dairy helped rid me of these symptoms:
- Sinus issues
- Tummy troubles
- Aching joints
It’s a process and your body takes time to heal after years of consuming foods that your body doesn’t want or like. The results may be different for everyone, and I’m not a doctor, but this site is here to help you successfully change your eating habits.
While these changes helped me feel better, I still wasn’t felling 100%. In June of 2016, I started feeling run down and couldn’t function in my day-to-day responsibilities the way that I needed to. I went to my doctor and discovered that I had nodules on my thyroid. It was biopsied, and thankfully, it wasn’t cancer, but I did have Hashimoto’s Disease; which interestingly enough, can be caused by gluten! I also had adrenal fatigue, I was so tired all the time but couldn’t sleep at night. My doctor put me on a series of vitamins to heal my adrenals and today my adrenal issues are under control as long as I watch my diet.
In August 2016, I wanted to try and heal my body and try to shrink the nodules on my thyroid so I removed sugar! My aches have gone away, my hot flashes are so much better, and I have more energy, I am happy to tell you that I have no antibodies in my blood work that show I have Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism any longer, diet is key in so many health issues!
In 2019 IBS symptoms started showing up again. No matter what I eliminated I could not figure out what was causing this so I decided to try a food allergy test by sending in a hair sample. I was skeptical but I was at the point of just needing to try something. My results came back and I was shocked to find a few more foods that needed to be eliminated from my diet. Once those were removed my stomach issues improved. I need to watch my diet and eat well, when I backslide I start feeling bad again.
If I could give you one piece of advice, that would be to focus on the foods you can have, don’t dwell on what you can’t have. Cutting out gluten and dairy is hard, very hard, but if you push through you will be so thankful and you will feel so much better. Keep a list of the ways you feel better, when you want to backslide go to that list and it will help you push through. When I removed these foods from my diet I went through a few months of depression and feeling like I couldn’t have everything I loved, if I had to do it again I would have focused on what I CAN have.
It is my hope that through this site you too can benefit from what I have learned on my journey. Every item you see on my site I personally use. I don’t list anything that I don’t approve of or haven’t tried.
Again, I am not a doctor, so before changing diet and/or supplements you should consult with your doctor.
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