Two years ago, I thought my relationship with food was ruined.
When I look back, I shouldn’t have been surprised. I grew up eating bread at every single meal. My absolute favorite was slamming down a foot-long chicken bacon ranch subway sandwich.
Evaluating the foods that I ate often, never did I think at that time gluten was why I was running to the bathroom shortly after meals. I was struggling with digestive issues that were effecting my life in a negative fashion.
Things got more serious as I developed a problem called dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing. This was from all the inflammation was experiencing from gluten.
Besides the embarrassment of running to the bathroom to try to dislodge food that was stuck in my esophagus, I had nightmares of choking to death.
There were times that I had to leave family dinners, and have my wife give me the Heimlich maneuver.
When I saw my nurse practitioner, I was told that I had a gluten intolerance. All I could think about was no more subway and how I could no longer eat normal food. I was devastated.
I decided to make this a turning point in my diet. Eliminating unhealthy processed foods, kicking excess carbohydrates from bread, and quit making drive through stops at the fast food burger spots.
Turns out there are plenty of foods that are naturally gf. There are also many gf alternatives to foods that normally contain gluten.
Sure enough, it paid off. My digestion got way better and not once have I choked on food since I said bye-bye to gluten. I also am carrying around less body fat, and have more energy.
Ever wondered if your body has a gluten intolerance? Many people will say going gluten free is just a fad. Those are people who haven’t tried it, and experienced the benefit.
I encourage anyone to give it an honest shot (2-4 weeks), especially if you struggle with…
- Digestive issues
- Nerve pain
- Catching every cold or flu that comes around
- Feeling of being bloated or inflamed
- Anxiety, depression, mood swings
If you have any of these symptoms, you know that this can greatly affect your life.
Some people feel the benefits right away after eliminating gluten, others realize after they re-introduce it back into their diet.
Check out this guide for beginners on going gluten free.
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