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Apr

25

Gluten Free For A Year

By pastorbillwalden

In the Spring of 2012, I decided to try a gluten free diet.  I stumbled upon the idea while in a doctor’s appointment for my mom.  She is diabetic, and her sugar levels had been a little high.  The doctor reminded her about what her diet ought to look like, and then mentioned being careful about eating too much bread.

When you eat bread, it converts to sugar in your body.  The doctor also mentioned that it adds belly fat.  THAT caught my attention.  :-/  I got home and started researching gluten free diets and weight loss, and then discovered another stream of thought regarding gluten and migraine headaches.  

My internet research revealed that many people were testifying that gluten free diets had significantly reduced their migraine headaches.  I am currently 57 years old (2013), and started getting migraines when I was about 23.  Over the years, I have taken a lot of medication to control the pain, but I have always been worried about the long term side effects.  One of my doctors told me that a long term side effect of one of my meds was that I would be pre-disposed to a stroke.  🙁

In those 34 years, I have missed thousands of hours of life, missed family gatherings, work, and recreation time.  I have cried, thrown up, moaned, and been sequestered in my bedroom with ice bags on my head and the room pitch black.  Even after a migraine has subsided, there is what I call a “migraine hangover”, but what is more popularly called “brain fog”.

Even when I wasn’t suffering with migraine, I had brain fog most days.  It is what it sounds like; an impaired ability to think clearly and process information.  Brain fog makes it difficult to find the right words for conversation or form clear sentences.  If you have known me for a while, and have sometimes wondered “what my problem was”, there is part of the explanation.

Adopting a gluten free diet has been absolutely life changing.  My migraines have been reduce by 90%.  That is unbelievable. The brain fog has almost totally disappeared.  Another benefit of a gluten free diet has been a huge reduction in muscle aches.  Bread turns to sugar, and too much sugar in your body creates stiffness in your muscles.  I was constantly stiff and achey before going gluten free.  The muscle pain has greatly decreased since going gluten free.

People ask me if it has been difficult to maintain a gluten free diet.  The answer is a resounding and exclamatory NO!  Considering the pain that I have suffered over the years, I am highly motivated to maintain a gluten free life.  My life has radically changed for good since cutting gluten out of my life.  Pain and loss of living is a strong motivator to not eat gluten.

There are many good resources online regarding gluten free living.  If you suffer with migraine, muscle aches, or IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or if you have constant stomach pain…consider going gluten free for a few weeks and see how you feel.  I noticed an improvement in three days.

Here is a link that can get you started on gluten free living.  Blessings…

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gluten-free-diet/my01140