(Psst. Hey guys! Today’s post is from Chelsey (she also lives in the Chicago area!), a lifestyle blogger that shares it all with her readers. Her witty narrative will keep you enthralled, and her expansive food knowledge will keep you educated! Keep reading to see what I mean!)
Hi Gourmetourians! My name is Chelsey, and I blog over at Clean Eating Chelsey.
In case we haven’t officially “met” – let me begin by telling me a little bit about myself.
·I’m obsessed with my pup, Charlie.
·I enjoy telling ridiculous stories about my Husband (whose name is “the Husband”).
·I am an elementary school teacher who is currently enjoying every single second of her summer break.
As well as those fun tidbits about myself, one more is that I am gluten free (as well as dairy free, corn free, and a vegetarian – but that’s a different story for another day).
I have found that in the last two years since going gluten free, many people have “heard” of gluten before, but they may not necessarily know what gluten is.
“Gluten (from Latin gluten “glue”) is a protein composite that appears in foods processed from wheat and related species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product a chewy texture.”
Gluten can be found in a variety of different foods – the most notable one being bread and pastas. Gluten can also be found in a lot of different products you would have never thought they would be found in such as: salad dressings, mustards, alcohol, barbecue sauce, deli meat, soy sauce, and a lot of frozen, processed foods.
Before going gluten free, I was experiencing a lot of undesirable symptoms. To name a few, I had an ongoing migraine (think days or weeks at a time), fatigue, irritability, joint pain, a “foggy” mind, stomach pain and bloating, intermittent constipation/diarrhea (sorry), and a strange rash on my upper thighs that looked like little red pimples – basically, I was a lot of fun to be around.
It makes me laugh now because I am so in tune with my body, but before I put everything together, I had put all of the symptoms to the backburner. I am not one to complain about illnesses or injuries, so when I didn’t say anything when the symptoms appeared, they became a part of me – a part of my normal life. Which is funny, because all of those symptoms are everything but normal.
Finally, I noticed I kept getting stomachaches after I ate sandwiches. I started researching and started to familiarize myself with gluten sensitivities and Celiac disease.
I had just started to see a natural care doctor around this same time. When I mentioned my symptoms, he immediately did some testing only to determine I had a definite gluten/wheat intolerance. What might seem like a nightmare to most was actually a blessing for me. I finally had an answer to why I was feeling so miserable all the time. Yes, I had to change my lifestyle drastically (and it was not always easy), but I started to feel better almost immediately.
If there’s anything you take away from this, I urge you to tune into your body – if you are having symptoms that seem “not normal”, go get them checked out! Don’t be like me and wait until so many symptoms pile up that you can’t function normally in life.
I hope to see you over at Clean Eating Chelsey!
Question: Do you have any food sensitivities?