We actually have many contributing factors that I think reflect much of what is going on in the rest of America as well. Brain fog, inability to loose weight, joint pain, hypothyroidism, prediabetic, IBS, low energy levels, bladder issues, ADD, headaches, acid reflux, depression, I could go on and on.
I have been trying to lose weight for years, but I haven't successfully been able to do so since 13 years ago before my daughter was born. Did I suddenly forget how to exercise and eat healthy? Well, if you listen to the medical community that is the obvious fact. I have been told to quit eating so many cookies, to be more active, eat healthier foods, and on and on. I don't know about you, but I hate being lectured about things I already know. It's even worse when you are trying to do these things but no one believes you and judges you to be a fat, lazy slob. They have looked at my food journals and basically said I was lying and I must have forgotten to write down a bunch of food. Seriously. Then the medical community wonders why WE have so little faith in THEM?
My son has been a 3 sport athlete for 4 years. At first the weight just fell off. Being so active and lifting weights brought about a bit transformation in him. But he totally stalled out when it came to weight loss for wrestling season this year. None of our prior weight loss ideas has helped him a bit this year either. What happened?
I could go on and on giving the back stories behind all of the symptoms listed above, but I think you get the point here. I have been thinking and thinking about this and it just doesn't add up. Is it the chemicals and preservatives in processed foods? Overuse of prescription medications? What gives?
Several years ago I began by cutting out the ready to eat processed foods that we used to buy from the store. I began canning, dehydrating, and freezing foods that I grew myself or bought on sale and in season from farmers and grocery stores alike. It does make more work for me, but it has helped some with things like ADD, but it hasn't completely solved all of our issues. I continued to search for answers to our health dilemmas.
While studying natural remedies to replace some of the prescription and OTC medications we have been taking I kept coming up with the same information. Our bodies have natural abilities to heal themselves. Not that we will ever be able to stop everything completely, but it is a nice goal to wish for. I began to wonder though, what was stopping my body from reaching it's full potential to heal itself? The search continued. I began seeing a chiropractor which has helped to increase my energy levels and clear the brain fog, but I still haven't been able to achieve much in the way of weight loss.
Now comes in the gluten free option. I read the book Wheat Belly which I saw both on Dr. Oz and a few of my friends were trying it and seeing great results. That book dealt with EVERYTHING on our list, plus others that weren't even on there. Wow. I think it's worth a try. I mean, after examining our regular diet I noticed that we ate ALL of the no-no foods on a regular basis. ESPECIALLY wheat. Really. Wow. I never imagined that could cause so many issues, but it really does make sense. When you overload so much on one particular category of foods, I suppose that is what you get. I just can't help but wonder why wheat is in everything we eat. I guess I'll be making MORE of our own stuff.
So, what did we like to eat before going gluten free? Well, some of our favorite meals include burgers, chicken dumpling soup with a loaf of bread, grilled cheese and tomato soup, spaghetti, pizza, brats, breaded chicken baked in the oven, battered fish, ... Notice what they all have in common? Yup. Wheat in every item there. Guess who's in for a total meal make over? Yup. That's my next post. So far we have tried a few items that I want to share with you. I did manage to lose a couple of pounds so far so things are moving in the right direction for me. Once I can get the rest of the family to jump on the bandwagon it won't be so hard to resist the temptations they keep presenting.
Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. Please leave me a message, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Cindy