Updated: Jul 9
I've been a bit quiet on social media lately. I had to take a break to focus on feeling better and healing my gut. As with many people who have celiac disease, my stomach has not been completely healed with a gluten-free diet. I decided I was going to work with a registered dietitian to find out what causes my underlying stomach issues so I can address them. I feel like doctors have been treating my symptoms but not addressing the underlining problem. My stomach issues seem to be cyclical. My stomach seems tolerable for two years and then it flares up. I struggle to determine what is different only for it to calm down again when I'm at my witts end. Leaving me with lots of questions but no answers. Part of getting to the root of my stomach issues was an elimination diet. This would allow me to slowly add foods back into my diet to try to find out what food triggers my symptoms. Eating gluten-free is tough but an elimination diet brings it to a whole new level! Once I complete this, I will be thankful to follow just a healthy gluten-free diet. That is something I never thought I would say. I won’t lie it has been a lot of work! That’s why I’ve been so quiet on social media. When you are on an elimination diet you are constantly trying to figure out what you can and can’t eat. Trying to make the same foods differently. It’s not for the faint of heart. However, I'm determined to finally get to the root of my stomach issues. I have struggled with stomach problems since I was a child. I’m sick of being sick! I want to get up in the morning and not have to guess if, in an hour, I’ll be running to the bathroom or be able to go ride my bike. I don’t want to have to pretend I feel well at work when all I want to do is crawl into my bed until I feel better. I’m now close to the end of the elimination diet and I'm working on healing my gut. I can try different foods and have a lot more options of foods that I can eat. My focus is eating whole healthy foods. I've come to love some foods I never liked before! Of course, my body has decided there are some foods it does not like at all. Bell peppers seem to be the worst. I have a terrible reaction to them. Who would think that bell peppers would make me so ill? Strangely enough, I ate them every day before this. I hope this journey gives me clarity, clarity to learn exactly what is causing my stomach problems. Food isn't the only factor, there are a combination of several factors causing these issues. If it was simple I would have figured it out a long time ago. I'm still learning but I can see the light at the end of this journey.
Do you still have symptoms after following a gluten-free diet?