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.