Jan 29, 2014

Doctor Appointment

For years I have dealt with stomach problems.
For long as I can remember, I've always been one of those people that take awhile in the bathroom. Also, whenever I ate something, I would feel really nauseous after a few hours.
A few years ago, it started getting worse. The doctors thought I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and told me to eat more fiber, take some Pepto Bismol when I got diarrhea, and I can take over the counter Emetrol for nausea.
I was tired of feeling like shit all of the time and having to buy Pepto Bismol every week, as well as the Emetrol, so I went back to the doctor and I had a few more tests done.

After having some tests done, the doctor concluded that I have Celiac disease. For those that are not familiar with Celiac disease, it is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possible oats (www.wikipedia.com). So essentially, my intestines are inflamed and I'm feeling like shit because of gluten. 

So what does this mean?
I now have to learn to be gluten-free. 

Now I love bread, pasta, beer and just about everything else that has gluten in it so I have been doing a ton of research on starting a gluten-free lifestyle. 
Thankfully Pinterest has been a great resource as well as GlutenFree.com and some other friends that are gluten-free. 
If you're following gluten-free, do you have any advice? What is your favorite recipe? All advice is welcome!!!

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