I still have to be reminded…

Even though it’s been 10 years since I was diagnosed with #gluten sensitivity, every once in a while I still have to be reminded to absolutely be completely #glutenfree. Last night, I accidentally ate three or four small crackers with a wheat ingredient, and suffered the consequences. I had a dull headache and felt yucky all night, and this morning I can’t open my hands without joint pain. But I’ll be feeling fine soon.

Living gluten-free has resulted in the psoriasis that I have had since a child being 95% cleared up, no headaches, less fatigue, much more alert (ask Erma), very little joint pain and generally feeling great. It has been said that you don’t know how bad you are feeling until you start feeling good.

One year after being gluten-free (nine years ago), I had a physical by my old-school doctor, and after checking the results he told me that my color was great, that I had lost 20 pounds and that my lab tests were perfect. He asked me what I had been doing. When I reluctantly told him I had gone gluten-free, he then asked me some questions which led me to believe that he didn’t have a clue what gluten was. A year later, after another physical, his first words to me after the results were, “Are you still gluten-free?” And when I told him I was, he said, “You keep it up!” He retired a couple of years ago, a strong advocate for his patients being gluten-free!

One out of three Americans is gluten sensitive. But the problem is that we don’t know it. That’s why it’s called “the hidden epidemic.” The genetically-engineered wheat available today doesn’t resemble the healthy wheat of previous generations. It’s killing us. Over 100 diseases and ailments have been linked to gluten.

A Mayo Clinic study shows that if I had a twin, and I was gluten sensitive and my twin wasn’t, that I would have a six times (600%) greater chance of dying before my twin, unless I went gluten-free. And if I cheated once a month, those odds would not decrease.

Ten years ago, Erma did not test positive for gluten sensitivity; however, she has one of the two celiac genes, which predisposes her to celiac disease and gluten-related problems. The doctor told her she would live healthier if she went gluten-free, along with me. And she has been on this journey with me for ten years. She’s convinced it was the right decision, and it sure has made it easier for me.

If you are interested in knowing if you are gluten sensitive, it’s really very easy. You don’t have to spend several hundred dollars to get lab tested. Simply go for 21 days without ingesting any gluten. None. Read the labels. And then after 21 days, eat a slice of regular crust pizza or some “heart healthy” (that’s a joke) whole wheat bread. And if you have a problem with gluten, you WILL know it, for sure.

There are two books I highly recommend regarding this subject: “Wheat Belly,” by William Davis; and “Grain Brain,” by David Perlmutter. Read them and your life will be changed.

Hoping this helps somebody!