I’ve been thinking of going gluten-free for awhile, but I feel intimidated. It seems like a lot of work. I know some ladies that have had great success – fertility wise, as well as just feeling better overall (especially with GI issues). Many who did not test positive for a gluten allergy. I’ve never been tested. I know I have a lot of allergies – which didn’t seem to come about until I was an adult. I even have eczema now. I would like to get more extensive food allergy testing. I did get tested for several common allergies a few years ago, and I was surprised that I was allergic to everything they tested me for. They only did maybe 7-10 things though, and only a few food items.
I’ve had GI issues for a loooong time. Several years ago, the doctors said I had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I had to have a sigmoidoscopy about 8 years ago – and oh boy, they don’t give you anything to put you out for those! Ouch!! It seems to come and go though. It’s not a constant battle. That kind of leads me to believe that it is related to something I’m eating. On my Dad’s side of the family, EVERYONE has developed heartburn, reflux, and indigestion issues at a young age. I have not asked them about their bowel habits though haha! I started having acid reflux years ago. I even had to get an upper Endoscopy about 4 years ago. They didn’t see much, just some slight gastritis (inflammation of the stomach). I take antacids. One of the scary things is that my grandfather (Dad’s dad) died of esophageal cancer, which was caused by untreated acid reflux. His lining just eroded away and the constant irritation was the primary reason for his cancer.
I’ve noticed now, especially on Metformin (it’s such a GI irritater!) that I cannot eat nearly as much as I could before without feeling miserable. I mean, this is good. I’ve lost almost 14 lbs over the past few months. Even if I don’t eat a lot, but I eat the WRONG thing, I feel horrible – all night and even into the next day. Plus, I’m getting older and my GI issues are probably getting worse anyhow. With all the other inflammation in my body (Endometriosis & autoimmune stuff), I know I need to be more careful with what I eat.
OMG, this cracked me up…..but yeah, it can seem like this at times…
Where do I start??? What are some quick, easy foods to get started with? Something I can make just for me, because Andy is already whining about my diet change. LOL. He doesn’t want to eat anything different. *rolls eyes* 😛 I’m looking on Pinterest, and I have a couple friends that are trying gluten-free. I know I can look at labels to check if there’s wheat or gluten. And many things now say gluten-free in bold, right on the package. I want to make sure I get a balanced, nutritious diet though. I can’t live off of Chex cereal. 😛 I want to start out slow and easy, so I don’t get overwhelmed and quit. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
So what do you all think? Do you have allergies? Do you have inflammation in your body? How does it affect YOU?
Oh, and today is CD 2. I’ve had a pretty nice weekend though, despite all the craziness that was going on at the end of last cycle. I feel somewhat better that it has ended. Tests are negative today, finally. Still waiting for Dr. KK’s response from my email. They are typically pretty busy, so it’s alright. We aren’t doing fertility treatments this cycle anyway.