Over a year ago, I went to visit a naturopathic doctor near my house to discuss my Lupus. She did some tests and stuff, and then she put me on a gluten free diet.
Now, as someone who took chef training and loves food (ESPECIALLY carbs), this was initially very difficult for me. However, similar to my father, I have the kind of attitude whereby I’m willing to try almost anything at least once if it is supposed to help my condition.
The Gluten-Free world was so foreign to me. Before speaking to my naturopathic doctor, I actually didn’t have any idea what gluten free was, nor was I sure if I’ve even heard of it at all. When I went to different stores, I quickly became privy to the fact that gluten free was an EXPENSIVE venture. But again, what’s a couple extra bucks when it’s supposed to help you?
I noticed results in just a few weeks. I noticed my almost daily stomach aches had tapered off. I felt more energetic and “alive”. I’ll admit, I had my weak moments when a donut from Tim Hortons was ABSOLUTELY necessary, but for the most part, I was a pretty good girl.
The downside would have to be the weight loss. Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Why would I be complaining about losing weight?? Well, I’m not a very big girl as it is. I’m 5’6, and I weigh about 118 pounds. Losing weight when I’m 118 pounds isn’t ideal for me.
Unfortunately, after being gluten free for about 8 months, I became quite ill and was hospitalized. At that point, the gluten free thing had to pretty much go out the window, as I lose enough weight just being hospitalized as it is. I haven’t restarted the gluten free thing, but perhaps I should.
For specifics on my gluten free diet, click on this link to a later post in my blog: http://flowonlupus.blogspot.com/2008/01/details-of-my-gluten-free-diet.html