Oct 18, 2013

Chapter 3 - My Celiac Journey

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 can be found here if you need to get up to date before reading this post.

Looking back on my high school and college years, I can totally tell I was having some gluten related symptoms. I always struggled with skin problems. My joints hurt more than the average teen athlete. ADD??? Check! I was a ticking time bomb!

After my scope and being on a gluten free diet for about 3 weeks, I still wasn’t feeling my best. I was still having “undigested” bowel movements and bouts of acid reflux. I was frustrated because I thought a gluten free diet was a quick fix! All cases are not like mine. I was so sick and my intestines were so damaged, that it took a good 2 to 3 months for me to feel better. One of my doctors explained it like a tornado. The storm is gone…but now you have to pick up the pieces and repair all the damage that the storm left behind.
As I was recovering, I did some research on ways to improve and heal my gut. I also looked up foods that might be irritating my gut. I found that dairy and nightshades were a problem with me. I chose to cut those foods out of my diet until I felt I was healed enough to slowly reintroduce them. Even today, I try to stay away from dairy (it’s not really good for you anyway). I will occasionally have feta on my salad or splurge with a g-free pizza, but almond milk and coconut milk have become staples in my home. They also come in yogurt and ice cream forms!

[caption id="attachment_991" align="aligncenter" width="1317"]IMG_5694 Austin and I in October 2013.[/caption]

July and August rolled around and I had improved immensely! I was getting back into my workouts and enjoying my favorite foods in gluten free form. I could tell that my body was healing, which was perfect timing because I was starting school in mid-August. I was slowly adding more intensity to my workouts but keeping yoga and strength training as the foundation.

Then July 13th came around. It was a Saturday and Austin had left early for a Chiropractic seminar that would last ALL DAY. I felt weird. Not quite Celiac feeling but similar in some ways. I hadn’t missed my period but my curious (and bored) self decided I would take a pregnancy test. 1 minute later, there was a “+.” I couldn’t believe it!!! I thought it would take us a while to get pregnant because I had polycystic ovaries (now I know caused by Celiac). I was so excited…and TICKED because Austin LITERALLY just walked out the door for the entire day. I had to keep my exciting secret to myself until I would see him again in 12 hours.

As I was waiting by myself I had a lot of time to think. Worry, doubt, and anxiety started to set in. Am I ready to grow a baby? 2 months ago, I wasn’t even absorbing enough nutrients for my own body’s needs. I hadn’t put on all my weight that I lost when I was so sick. Am I healthy enough to do this?! Will I look like Bella from Breaking Dawn when her vampire baby is stealing all of her nutrition?! HA!

[caption id="attachment_990" align="aligncenter" width="477"]17 weeks pregnant 17 weeks pregnant[/caption]

As you can see, I DO NOT look like Bella from Twighlight. But I did have my battles in the beginning of pregnancy. There is ONE chapter left to bring you up to date with my Celiac (and now pregnancy) Journey! Stay tuned!

Signature Maggie

1 comment:

  1. Scary story in the beginning. My husband and son have alot af stomach issues and after following you snd your sisters I have tried to cut out as much gluten as I can for the whole family. None of us have been tested, but your right, its just not good for us!!! ( had to do my research) To be honest, who wants to eat something described as spongy stuff that holds stuff togther!! And no you dont look like bella, you have the pregnancy glow!!
    thank you and keep the good stuff coming