I had never, really, felt great. Being sick, tired and foggy was normal. Having random hives and mouth sores was normal. Having upset stomachs and diarrhea, gas and bloating was normal. I was diagnosed with IBS, which wasn’t very helpful in my day to day life.
I remember my chiropractic/Chinese medicine doctor telling me once, in my late-twenties, that I should give up wheat. I joked back that, being a vegan already, all I would have left to eat is tree bark. Turns out I should have listened to the man.
When I was pregnant with my second child, I found out that I had Celiac Disease. Giving up gluten at any time is hard; giving it up as a vegetarian while 7 months pregnant is…interesting. So many of the veggie meats I ate for a quick protein fix had gluten in them. My midwife started me on a food diary and daily protein shakes to help me gain weight.
But within two weeks of being off gluten, I felt so much better than I had ever felt before. I had been plagued with a chronic sore in the corner of my mouth that no treatment had been able to clear up. It was very painful. I had this cut for 2 years. In the first few weeks of not eating gluten, the cut was gone. To this day it’s one of the “tell-tale” signs that I got some gluten – the cut reappears! So does the bloating and gas and fogginess, but the cut shows up first.
I’ve been GF for nearly 7 years and I am a changed woman. I have energy to run after my two boys and I don’t catch every cold and flu virus that comes to town.