Each day is part of the journey of life – even ordinary days.
I am so thankful for just an ordinary day as for many years my days were anything but ordinary.
In 2006, after twenty years of countless doctor visits with numerous specialists to try and uncover the cause of extreme fatigue, digestive problems, unexplained aches and pains, multiple miscarriages and many food allergies, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I was very grateful to finally have a diagnosis and realize that bacteria were causing my multiple health problems and I was not losing my mind!
My Health struggle
However, I continued to struggle with my health, trying desperately to find enough foods to eat that my body would not react to. My immune system was on high alert and reacted to most everything. I struggled with joint pain, insomnia, anxiety and weight loss continued to plague me.
I went to my Endocrinologist and told him about the problems I continued to have and he recommended I go totally gluten free, not to eat even a crumb of gluten for six weeks. Gradually, over time I began to notice an improvement in my health. I noticed that the pain in my right side was no longer there and I did not feel that deep fatigue that seemed to go right to my core. I had more energy and my body seemed to be not as sensitive to everything anymore. I was amazed. Going gluten free was definitely worth it!
Over the years I have read many books, taken courses and studied as much research as I could on gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, Lyme disease, nutrition and even cancer. With my background in the Medical Field, I am passionate about health and especially about nutrition. What we put in our mouth is fundamental to building and maintaining good health.
Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet
The benefits of a gluten free diet are tremendous but there are many other aspects of nutrition to consider. It is not sufficient for optimum health to just replace wheat flour with gluten free flour. A person needs to look at their diet as a whole and how much sugar and artificial additives and preservatives they consume.
Taking care of our bodies takes time and effort but as the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."
A full life
As I have learned and grown over the years, I have developed a lifestyle that involves every aspect of life— spiritual, emotional and physical. I have found that it is essential to my well-being to eat nutritionally, drink plenty of pure water, get sunshine, fresh air, sufficient sleep, exercise, maintain a positive attitude and most important, a personal, loving relationship with God.
I am so thankful to God for the improvement in my health and thank Him daily for the privilege of living simply and enjoying the ordinary days.