Hello Again and a 60 Day Challenge

By BE Gluten Free | Uncategorized

May 22

It has been awhile since I was blogging regularly, but hopefully I am back to stay.  Cheeseslave, a blog I follow, has presented a challenge to fellow bloggers to post 60 posts in 60 days, and I am going to take that challenge. (Although the webhost is giving us trouble, so this may be more challenging than I thought.)

We have updated our blog with a whole new look and since it has been so long, I thought I would start with how this all began for me.

Growing up, my family ate “fairly” healthy.  We never had white bread and ate lots of vegetables.  I always had digestive issues, but was told I just need to eat more fiber.  As I grew into my teens and our schedules became more hectic, the meals started coming out of boxes more and more, and we ate out a lot.  I tried to eat healthy while out, choosing salads most of the time, but we all know homemade is best.

In college I started noticing that even though I was eating a lot of fiber, my digestive issues were getting worse.  I started avoiding foods such as pizza and bagels, which were the worst offenders for me and would leave me bloated and in agony for a week.  I still had no inkling that I really had an issue with gluten.

I married my high school sweetheart, whose mom was very knowledgeable in nutrition, and started to eat even better, making most things from scratch.  I learned to garden and to preserve food that I grew.  I even learned to grind whole wheat berries and make bread from scratch.   Things seemed to go better for a while.

After my second child, I had 2 miscarriages.  It shook me up a lot. I had 2 very healthy pregnancies, why was this happening to me?  What is wrong?

My mother-in-law gave me a book “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause” by John R Lee M.D.  I had so many of the symptoms, but I wasn't even 30 yet.  Through reading the book, I discovered my hormones were really out of  balance. I started using Progest cream to balance my hormones and was able to get pregnant and went full term with my 3 child.

Eleven moths later I was pregnant again.  My other three pregnancies were easy, essentially no morning sickness.  With this one I was sick all the time.  I even lost weight.  At 15 weeks, I started bleeding and went into the ER.  They could not find a heart beat.  I had had a third miscarriage.  What the heck was going on?!

I had to get to the bottom of what was wrong with me.  I had a hair analysis and discovered my adrenals were stressed.  I worked on bringing my health back by focusing on healing my adrenals. I did not even try to get pregnant for a couple years.

I got pregnant about 3 years after the last miscarriage, and had yet another miscarriage.  I was like, enough already!!!  We have 3 beautiful children, God must want us to only have the three.  To My surprise and despite efforts to avoid it, I got pregnant the next month and am happy to say that pregnancy went well, and 9 month later we had our youngest child.

So why am I telling you all this.  Because shortly after my daughter was born, I started having more digestive problems even though we were making everything from scratch.  I had heard about Celiac and had been in denial saying only white flour bothers me so I must not have it.  But, I was tired of not feeling well, so I did an experiment.  I went off of gluten for 1 month, well actually after that month I have never gone  back.  Dang, I did have gluten intolerance of some sort.  After much research, I discovered that those with Celiac Disease can have issues with fertility and miscarriages.  Finally an answer to all my struggles.  I have now been gluten free for 4 1/2 years.  I have not had the biopsy, because I have been of gluten so long I would have to go back to eating it for a while to see if antibodies form.  That is not an option for me.  I did have a genetic test done and I have the gene (HDQ2) for Celiac Disease and so many thing match with Celiac Disease, I just live the lifestyle assuming I have it and that my children may have it as well.  We are a gluten free household, so they would have to eat gluten to get accurate tests as well.

My goal as a blogger is to share with my readers the information I find and the experiences I have been through, so they can feel like they are not alone in this struggle.  I am so thankful to all the various bloggers out there who are supporting people, because when I fist started this journey I felt isolated and alone, and after finding bloggers with similar issues, it is so reassuring that there are others out there walking the same path.  I want to help others to fell that way too.

About the Author

Classically trained in Biology and Genetics at the University of Minnesota St. Paul Biological Sciences campus. Gluten free for more than 5 years.