Journey to Gluten Free
I have struggled with digestive problems since I was a child. I always felt bloated as a kid and I would complain about stomach pains a lot, and I missed a lot of school because of it. There were some days the discomfort was unbearable and I would just lay in a fetal position until the stomach pain went away.
If digestive issues weren’t enough, I also suffered from severe allergy & sinus problems. I would get frequent sinus and ear infections. A doctor finally told suggested my parents to eliminate dairy from diet and that I would eventually grow out of it and I would be able to consume dairy when I got older.
The symptoms that I would experience just progressed as I got older. Acid Reflux, uncomfortable stomach pains, bloating/gas, weakened immune system, frequent sinus and ear infections, frequent neck & back pain, low energy, brain fog, overweight.
I don’t like to pay the blame game, but I believe my digestive issues started with the food that mom put on the table. My mom wasn’t much of a cook, so a lot of times she would make boxed dinners such as Hamburger Helper. My dad had his own health problems and I think I inherited his bad eating habits. Little did I know then that the food I was eating would have such an impact on my health.
As I grew into an adult I started consuming dairy again and sometimes I would give up dairy short term, but I would always end up going back to dairy because I just love ice cream!
My journey towards eating more healthy started shortly after I got married in 2006 when my digestive issues got worse. On my wedding day I weighed about 190 lbs (I’m only 4 ft 9 in in helght), I had horrible eating habits, and my symptoms just kept getting worse. I finally had to go see a doctor and was officially diagnosed with Acid Reflux and was placed on medication to help control it. One doctor even told me that I would have to take Acid Reflux medication for the rest of my life!
Some days the medication would help, but then there would be days when I would end up in the Emergency Room just feeling miserable. My unhealthy eating habits wasn’t helping matters any and I knew something had to change. I decided that I needed to make some major changes in my life and my eating habits to achieve better health.
Things started changing for the better for me when I started eating healthy and was able to lose weight. But the biggest change started in 2009 when I went Gluten Free. After only a week of being Gluten Free I noticed a big different with the way I was feeling. I especially noticed that my Acid Reflux was better too. I was also able to get off the Acid Reflux meds.
Summer 2014 I kicked dairy to the curb due to my allergy and sinus issues being out of control. Kicking dairy to the curb was hard, but I am so glad that I made this decision. Do I miss dairy? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!
My Anxiety Journey
I have struggled with Anxiety and Panic Attacks since I was a teenager. During my teen years I went through counseling and I was placed on Anti-Anxiety meds. When I was out of High School I was doing well with managing my Anxiety on my own without the help of a counselor or medication. I mainly just relied on God.
But Summer 2016, my Anxiety decided to make a grand re-appearance in my life. I decided to seek Counseling once again and I was placed on Anti-Anxiety medication as needed.
This has not been an easy journey. Anxiety is hard. Some days are worse than others, especially if a Panic Attack is involved. But I have been working hard and doing everything I can to better myself and work on myself so that I can manage my Anxiety and Panic Attacks in a healthy way.
Through this journey, I have learned so much about myself and it has made me a better and stronger person so far.
How Is My Health Today
My health is not perfect and sometimes I fail when it comes to eating and living healthy. But I am a work in progress that is always striving to improve my health and eating habits. I have a monstrous sweet tooth, so I have been working on cutting back on sugar in my diet.