No, I do not have celiac disease, but I do have non celiac gluten sensitivity. I tested negative for Celiac three years ago, but after still having symptoms after eating gluten, my doctor recommended that I go gluten free. You can read more about my story with gluten sensitivity here. The past three years have been quite the journey. After first going gluten free, I noticed a significant improvement in my symptoms, but after about 6 months, I started to get glutened more often because of cross contamination. At this point, I realized that I had to be much more careful with certain foods and how I was preparing them. My freshman year of college was definitely a challenge eating gluten free in the cafeteria, but by the time sophomore year rolled around, I had finally mastered eating gluten free in the cafeteria. My junior year, I cooked for myself, which was a relief to not have to rely on the cafeteria.
Now that I have been gluten free for three years, I wouldn't say that I have completely mastered it; heck I will probably never master it, but I can proudly say that being gluten free is no longer a big stresser in my life. It is no longer consuming my thoughts on a daily basis. Right now, being gluten free is just a normal part of my life, and I don't stress about every single thing I put in my mouth. I am no longer that "gluten free girl." I am a young woman, athlete, daughter, friend, sister, and much more who has gluten sensitivity. Having this feeling of freedom from my gluten sensitivity is a wonderful feeling. In addition to feeling strong mentally, I have gained physical strength that my gluten sensitivity stripped from me for the first two years. I have always been thin, but after going gluten free, I lost a significant amount of weight, especially after I returned from my trip to Spain. I never gained back much of the weight that I lost the year after Spain, and being at a low weight took a toll on my health; (for example I lost my period for eight months).
after returning from Spain
Finally, last summer I decided that enough was enough and that I needed to start gaining weight back. After I injured my foot in July, I was upset that I couldn't run anymore, but instead, I started lifting weights. Lifting weights was such a great stress reliever for me, and I fell in love with lifting in no time. I also started eating more, and now, about 8 months later, I am at a healthy weight again and have gained more muscle. It has been quite the journey the past three years, but I couldn't be happier and healthier right now.
2 year transformation
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