Last Thanksgiving, I went on the scale and got really down on myself. I weighed 135. I couldn’t believe that despite working out so much, I keep putting on weight. A few weeks later, I ate pasta at work for lunch, and right away my belly got bloated. The last few months I have been feeling quite sick, lack of energy, sleeping lots and moody. It then dawned on me, what if its the food I’m eating? So I tried a little experiment where I cut out gluten for a few weeks to see what happens. Well, just in a few short weeks, I was feeling better and I lost weight. Then when I ate a food with gluten, I would feel sick and get extremely bloated. So I have a gluten intolerance. I also have discovered that along with gluten, I am intolerant to soy as well.
Going gluten and soy free has been easier than I thought it would be. There are lots of substitutions now so I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. The hardest part is when I am eating out, at an event or social gathering. I can be tricky finding something I can eat.
Seven months later, I have lost 20 pounds! I am no longer getting sick. I have so much more energy. Life is back to normal.
I have been getting so many comments about how good I look. Really, I’m just back to the weight I typically always was. I think I have been intolerant for 5-6 years, I just wasn’t listening to my body. I attributed the throwing up, mood swings, depression and lack of energy to stress. Wrong. The weight gain was very gradual, a few pounds here and there gained. I attributed it to muscle gain. Wrong. Lesson learned, listen to my body better. I went through so much suffering just because my body didn’t like what I was putting in it.