When we had to go wheat free and gluten free with our diet, we found it to be quite a journey. It takes time to learn how-to go gluten free, as well as how to shop, how to prepare food, and what you can and can’t eat.
A documentation of our journey toward a healthier way of living — gluten-free.
Recently, we were finally able to determine one of the things that has been triggering Denis’ stomach issues, allergy symptoms, and other health concerns. The food which he can eat is a lot less than the food that he can’t.
All of these challenges started around 20 years ago. Shortly after we came back from living in Germany for several years, he started having a nominal amount of hypersensitivity to some food and alcohol. As the years moved on, he accumulated more and more allergies.
Every three years or so, he would have an allergy examination done, and each time the list was a bit longer. His allergies consist of both foodstuff and environmental.
There was no help, no one had any real adice. He couldn’t go on avoiding more and more of life, along with life’s joys. It came time that we did something, so we began to research potential reasons, and exactly how we might put a stop to the expanding list of things we found out with our groundwork was quite insightful.
We came across a book named Wheat Belly. The deeper we got into that book, the more we realized why and how he had been experiencing all these troubles.
What we found out is: * wheat is in just about everything that we ingest. * our present-day, genetically modified wheat is just not healthy for us. * how wheat is a concern for our system. * eating as much wheat as we do has long-lasting undesirable effects. * why, and the way we should be eating wheat free.
Approximately five months from the time we started on our journey to healthy eating, Denis started truly recognizing that he was beginning to feel much better than he had in years. In addition we both observed that we were losing inches around our middle – our stomach fat was diminishing.
Even though I don’t have many stomach problems, I made a decision to back up Denis’ decisions by reducing wheat too. Even though I am making the adjustments more slowly than he is, I have observed several changes in myself also. This has made me much more motivated to become more focused on getting wheat free.
Months later, plus a cross-Canada trip.
Throughout our trip, we got a little lazy with keeping up with our eating plan, and it showed in how we felt by the time we got to our destination. When we got here, we believed it was the perfect time to get back to our normal eating plan.
We have got back to the basics – removing wheat from the diet once again.
At this stage in our learning, we discovered another potential problem and answer for Denis. We learned that he’s got all the symptoms of being gluten intolerant. So we began an additional journey – eliminating gluten from our diet
Since we’ve gone totally wheat free and gluten-free, the visible difference in how he looks and feels is just best news is the fact that he is feeling fantastic. His system is winning the battle, and he is healing.
I see a change with me as well now. I never imagined that I had any difficulty with wheat or grains, yet now that I am mindful of exactly what I consume too, I really ntoice a heaviness and sometimes get indigestion after I have something that contains wheat.
Our bodies are slowly adjustingto a much better method of eating.
There is no way for any individual to find out if they may be truly gluten intolerant other than to remove gluten from their diet, and then determining whether or not it makes them feel better. Once Denis did exactly that, and began feeling fantastic, that was more than enough to totally validate our diagnosis.
We’re still learning. The approach to being fully and absolutely wheat and gluten free is gradual. We have had to adapt our shopping, our food preparation, and our eating routine.
The good news is, there are lots of excellent gluten free recipes and suggestions to be found.
For the moment, we are concentrating breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. Luckily for us neither of us really cares for baking, so that can easily hold off until we are much more settled in our new meal regimen.