Trying Gluten-Free (Again)

It’s no secret that our bodies change with age. We grow, wrinkle, slouch, gain aches and pains, grow hair where we don’t want it… Time can be cruel. But that’s just to our outsides really. Recently, I’ve been having a lot of conversations about the havoc gluten can wreak on a seemingly innocent victim. Aches, pains, swelling, headaches, blurred vision, stomach issues and migraines just to name a few. Very similar to the side effects of aspartame, which if you haven’t given up yet, I urge you strongly. I am not a nutritionist, I am not a dietician. I am a person living with chronic pain who has sought the advice of experts in this field. I am currently on day 2 of living without gluten. My words don’t come together the way I want, but otherwise I am feeling quite well. I had been on a hard stint of pain that escalated after a meal heavy in gluten. I believe it’s time to try again. I have done this before without any result, but I believe our bodies our constantly evolving. Certain foods become harder to process, either due to age, too many preservatives or just because it plain doesn’t want to anymore. Share with me your story. Tell me what you changed in your diet that made the difference, whether it is in pain, irritability, discomfort or aesthetics (sometimes leaving something out of your diet allows you to finally process food the right way instead of storing it). Did a book lead you to it? Wheat belly or the China Study perhaps?

 

Wellness

I got a question today about exercise abuse. We’ve all seen it. People using exercise as an escape- they usually choose one form until their body gives out in some way. The knees, the hips, the back… But they keep going. They reach for those endorphins. So, the question was, how do you urge someone to cross train to save their body? How do you get them to see that adding in yoga, Pilates, swimming- to a regular running routine will actually make them stronger? Better? How massage can help, and supplements or ease joint pain? We all think we know best for our body- so how do you nicely tell a loved one or friend that you think they are hurting themselves? Exercise can be as much of an addiction as anything and it takes balance to make it a healthy part of your life. It doesn’t have to be running, I’ve seen yoga addicts in studios as well. It could be any form.

What would you do?