Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Before & After Gluten-Free

How's that for a before & after? ;) 

The photo on the left was me at 19 years old - six years before I went gluten-free. My heart was constantly racing, I would wake up with a swollen face, nose, and eyes every day, and I was constantly moody, depressed, and exhausted. Doctors wanted to treat me with anti-depressants, corticosteriods for swelling, numerous antibiotics, diuretics, and sleeping pills. After two sinus surgeries which did nothing to help my symptoms, I began to take matters into my own hands. I started to see a connection with what I was eating and how I was feeling. To make a VERY long story short (a six year long story to be exact), by age 25 it hit me.... "I can't eat bread..." and within a few months I was finally diagnosed with gluten-intolerance / Celiac.

The photo on the right is me now at age 32. I've never felt better! The past seven years have been a long process of learning how to do gluten-free the RIGHT way - living mostly on veggies, fruit, and grass-fed meats. (Paleo works best for me!) I've been in the process of healing my gut with Glutamine, digestive enzymes, probiotics, and the right vitamins and minerals. I had testing done for additional food allergies from ALCAT and have cut out tree nuts and tuna now, too. I've learned to love and appreciate nutrition more than ever before. It's been an uphill battle, and I'm still not 100% there yet......but as I look at myself 13 years ago - I can see how far I've come, and know I'm not ever going back!

If you just don't feel right - give Gluten-Free a try! If your doctors are not giving you clear-cut answers as to the causes of your issues - start looking at how you are eating. I truly believe food has everything to do with our health. 
 Gluten-Free WORKS! It really does ;) You can take my word for it!

Have a fabulous Gluten-Free LIFE! I know I will! And LIKE my Facebook page to get the "scoop" on a happy & healthy Gluten-Free Lifestyle. 

♥ Christie


Anonymous said...

Wow! Congratulations, you look fabulous and so healthy, and as young as you did at 19. Just started on GF, so glad I finally know what's been causing my bloated face and eyes. Will post again in a few weeks.

Christie said...
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