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Monday, February 10, 2014

Why We Went Gluten Free

I. Love. Bread. Seriously, it’s always been one of my favorite foods. Any kind; I’m not picky. Add some butter or olive oil with herbs… now I’m salivating, sheesh.

However.

When Doodles was about a month old (I can’t remember exactly; that time is such a blur in my mind), he started doing a lot of things that didn’t seem right. He wasn’t happy unless he was being held on someone’s chest. He acted upset after nursing. He would have these gross, juicy-sounding burps but little to no spit up. I started doing research, & eventually realized he had the symptoms of silent reflux. I didn’t want to put him on medication unless absolutely necessary, so I continued to research & realized that my diet could be the culprit behind his reflux. I immediately removed gluten & dairy – boy was that HARD. I felt like there was nothing left for me to eat! But within 48 hours of removing those things from my diet, I saw an improvement in Doodles’ symptoms, & within a couple of weeks, all his symptoms were gone.

Well. Shucks.

After a while, though, I realized that I didn’t have a lot of the tummy issues I used to have. I had fewer headaches. I had an easier time losing the baby weight. I just felt better overall. We knew from fasts that the Hubs had done in the past that he felt better without gluten & dairy too. Since Doodles had issues, I kept an eye on Little Man & realized that removing gluten & dairy caused his eczema to disappear. Gluten & dairy obviously caused problems for all of us.

For these reasons, we have chosen to remain gluten free (& largely dairy free) at home. (Though I do love me some cheese on occasion!) We do make exceptions when we eat out, but I don’t eat things like pasta or pizza but very rarely because they cause immediate churning in my belly. I can’t eat a lot of cheese or ice cream without feeling yucky either. In thinking about it more, & doing some reading, it does make sense. Wheat is not as healthy as it once was. With all the nutrient-depleted soil, GMOs, & heavy processing, wheat is not the health food it is passed off to be. Pasteurized dairy is harder for the body to digest because pasteurization removes good enzymes from the milk (so we do keep raw cheddar on hand for Little Man to eat; Doodles, on his own accord, still stays away from most dairy - interesting).

So, while I don’t enjoy a lot of the foods that I used to, I feel so much better. I feel healthier. I indulge less & less because every time I do, I feel yucky & I remember that it’s just not worth it! I’m thankful that Doodles had the issues that he did; I’m not quite sure what else could have forced me to give up bread. J

I know for anyone who has toyed with the idea of making big changes in your diet, it seems really overwhelming. And it might be, at first! But it’s really not that bad once you’re used to it, I promise. I’ll be posting recipes every now & then that we enjoy at our house & hopefully you can start to see that eating healthy, cooked-from-scratch meals (within the diet parameters you have decided is best for your family) is totally attainable. 


1 comment:

  1. Wow! That's an amazing story Courtney! I've been thinking about doing something like this for awhile and we have been slowly easing into less dairy... bread is the toughie! ha! I'm excited to hear more and I'll be watching for your recipes! LOVE y'all's blog!

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