A Healing Month

So, first up, I really need to do an end of month review for my 12 goals… but that is the subject of another post.

Instead I just wanted to check in and say how much I’m looking forward to May, and my Health and Fitness Challenge, hosted by Valerie at Atlanta Mom of Three.

I had already decided I was going gluten and sugar free, before I got my (almost) official coeliac diagnosis yesterday. But after what my doctor said, there is no way I’ll be going back to gluten. The real challenge for me this month, is going to be going sugar free.

My sugar addiction is still alive and kicking. I was sugar-free for several weeks at the beginning of this year, and have somewhat slipped off the wagon since then, but overall my sugar consumption is less than it has been in previous years.

It’s a hard one to kick, and I know the cravings will be bad, but I will get through it.

May is going to be the month where I start the long process of healing my body after a lifetime of eating gluten. It’s going to be a time of nourishing food that will hopefully begin to repair any intestinal damage, and make bloating and pain a distant memory.

I am looking forward to managing those cravings and coming out the other side.

For the first time in my life, I feel that I can finally proceed with a dietary approach that I know is right for me.

It is at once a relief and a challenge. And I am so grateful to have finally found the answer to the feeling of something just not being right.

Peace and love to you all,

Rose x

5 thoughts on “A Healing Month

  1. Yay! I’m so pleased, Rose. I’m really interested to hear about the changes you feel as your body clears itself of gluten. I admire your tenacity. I really do. Many others would have given up and accepted feeling shit but you just don’t. You are an inspiration. x

  2. Hello Rose, I have not commented before, though I have been following you for a long time and my heart goes out to you. My nutritional history is so similar to yours and it has been years of ill health, tests, research, different ‘diets’,.., always knowing that something I was eating was slowing killing me. All that is in the past and I now have good health. (British understatement lol!)

    I wanted to share the key information that helped me in the hope that something might be of use to you. I will try to be brief…..

    I did the eating gluten every day for 6 weeks before being tested. By the end of that time, I was so ill, unable to eat due to multiple mouth ulcers, joints were so swollen & painful, I was virtually bed bound……yet my tests were still negative. A very sensible doctor said that if gluten hurt me….don’t ingest it – and that a negative result simply meant that I would not be eligible for a NHS prescription for gluten free flour, bread etc

    Much trial and error later, I found that I could eat oats, rye, barley, rice, buckwheat, but not wheat. (Researched the genetic modifications on wheat in the 1960’s and the worldwide increase in wheat intolerances thereafter).

    Despite much better health, I was still battling with a sugar addiction (3 to 4 giant sized slabs of chocolate a day….++++) I would go ‘cold turkey’ on chocolate for weeks at a time, but always relapse. On the FAA site (Food Addicts Anon) I found information that refined flours have the same effect as pure sugar and realised I had to give up ALL refined flours, sugars, sweeteners etc.

    All that sugar was giving me a weight problem….then I came across an article which stated that a person could eat sugar and not put on weight OR eat fats and not put on weight, but eat fats & sugar together guaranteed increased weight. So I decided to give up all sugars/refined flours/processed foods, but to eat as much fat as I wanted (further research done – olive oil, coconut oil, animal fats, butter, full fat cheeses, yoghurt etc yay!)

    End result? Cons: Need to always be prepared – meal plans – if necessary take own food to social events. Pros: Dramatic, dramatic improvement in health, energy, emotions, no cravings, satisfying and delicious food, weight normal & stable. I love my life.

    Good luck, Rose, the journey is worth it.

    • Hi, thank you so much for commenting and sharing your story. It sounds like we’ve travelled the exact same path. I’ve been reading a lot over the last few days about more fat less carb and I think it will be the way for me – if I can just kick the sugar addiction. I am so glad to hear you have finally found health and balance – it is an inspiration to know that others, like yourself, have got there in the end!

  3. My mother cut down on sugar once and said her palate did adjust in the end. Now she finds lots of sugar very sickly – so that’s a perfect stage to get to! Of course, she still has at least as much sugar as she needs in her diet. She hasn’t sworn off cakes entirely or anything.

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