kick’n gluten to the curb!

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Hi all!

It’s almost the weekend, and boy, am I glad!

it’s been a rough week for me , to say the least.

last Saturday was the first of a 5 day virus that wiped. me. out.

as if that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday I had a bad reaction to gluten.

my hubby– knowing how sick I was– graciously brought pizza home for dinner Tuesday night.

since I hadn’t had much gluten in the days leading up to that, I decided to have some.

“some” ended up being FOUR pieces.

what can I say? it was darn good pizza!!

the next morning, I woke up with intense joint pain–as in, I could barely walk–, major chills, and a bad headache.

it was awful.

my mind immediately went back to the wonderful, gluten-filled pizza I’d eaten the night before, so I decided to do a little research.

sure enough, every one of those symptoms are characteristic of severe gluten intolerance.

no joke.

I shouldn’t be surprised; after all, years back my throat would close up on me whenever I’d have dairy or gluten.

yet, after being off of it for two years, and then getting “glutened” at a restaurant last year with NO reaction, I went back to eating it!

intelligent, right?

I guess it wasn’t enough that I packed on 16 pounds within 3 months of regularly eating gluten again; no, I kept right on eating it, knowing full well that my body couldn’t process it.

I guess you could say I’m a “glutton for gluten.”

seriously.

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anyway, I’ve been feeling for a while now that I need to give up gluten and take better care of myself, but the cravings would come and sure enough, I’d give in.

after giving in, I would feel guilty, which would lead to me being ashamed of myself, which then resulted in me getting so upset that I would just EAT.MORE.GLUTEN.

UGH.

it was such a vicious cycle.

not to mention the fact that I had to buy new (aka, bigger) clothes to accommodate my bloated belly, and to hide the 16 pounds I’d packed on.

basically, I’ve been loathing myself, and yet, running back to the very thing that’s causing my misery.

makes.no.sense.

I will admit that I don’t think that this bad reaction to gluten was just a random thing that happened.

I believe that God allowed this to happen to get my attention, knowing that the reaction would be unpleasant enough to cause me to run from gluten FOREVER.

I confess, I have always had to learn things the hard way, so this comes as no surprise to me.

and quite frankly, I’m relieved to know that I will no longer be tempted by gluten EVER.AGAIN.

Are there foods or other things in your life that aren’t good for you, yet you’re having a hard time letting go?  Trust me, you are NOT alone!

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