A few weeks ago, someone asked me how long I've been gluten free.
I had to think.
Thank goodness for this blog! I just went back and found this post where I gave you possibly too much information about my health history, and realized that it will be two years this next week!
So, the other day, Dave and I were talking. He asked me what I've noticed about being gluten free, and I asked him what he noticed in me.
Here's his answer:
- I'm no longer irritable all.the.time.
- I'm off the couch.
- The house is clean(er).
- I'm cooking real food.
- I'm thinking clearly and remembering conversations.
- I have more energy.
- My allergy shiners (black around my eyes) have decreased.
- My libido has increased (sorry, tmi...but worth mentioning)
- My patience with others' and the boys has increased ten fold.
- I'm active with the boys again.
- I'm more ambitious with goals.
- I stay on top of the grocery shopping.
- I have more desire to connect with friends
Here's a few things I've noticed:
- I'm not in pain all.the.time.
- I sleep SOOOOO good! No more insomnia for me!
- I HAVEN'T HAD A MIGRAINE IN TWO YEARS!!!
- I've had 6 colds in 2 years (instead of 6 colds in 2 months.)
- I haven't had a canker sore in my mouth for 2 years! (instead of 3-4 at a time all the time)
- I only go to the bathroom twice a day (instead of 20 times a day - no exaggeration either!)
- I have zero swelling in my joints.
- I can think clearly.
- I don't get break outs on my face the way I used to.
- I don't crave bread.
- I don't get winded at the smallest activity.
- I haven't had a power-surge in two years (women in menopause will understand this)
- I don't dread leaving the house.
- I haven't had an eczema flair up in two years.
- My gums don't bleed anymore when I intermittently floss.
- I haven't had a UTI/kidney infection in 18 months.
- I haven't had an allergy attack in 2 years.
- I don't always want to hunch over with abdominal pain
- I no longer have a "lump in my throat" feeling like I'm suffocating
And you know...I'm sure there are more in there too that I haven't noticed! I had no idea that something like an autoimmune response to gluten could affect so.many.things.
Wow - what a difference 2 years makes!