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"] 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[/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!