A lot of great things have happened in the past few weeks, and I couldn't be more thrilled with how great I have been feeling!! [despite the exhaustion that nannying brings]. Most people would assume that after going gluten free, you feel better immediately, but that is not always the case. The past year has been one of the most difficult years for me, health wise. I went from feeling great on the gluten free diet for the first 6 months, to absolutely horrible the past 6 months, thanks to my increased sensitivity to cross contamination. I got glutened in Spain, and since then, I have been feeling not-so-great.
By the end of July, I finally realized that I was tired of feeling sick and bloated 24/7, so I decided to do something about it. To make a long story short, my doctor sent me to a dietician, who put me on a low-FODMAP diet, and after almost 2 weeks on the diet, I am feeling a ton better! I am going to try to spare you the details of the diet, but all I can say is that it is working, and I feel like someone has given me a new stomach! I couldn't be happier, even despite the fact that I have to avoid my favorite foods such as hummus, gluten free granola, sugar free gum, and mangos. I will continue on the elimination period of the diet for about another month, and after that, I will start gradually adding in some of the trigger foods. For any of you with CD or gluten intolerance who are not having improved results, I would highly recommend trying the low-FODMAPS diet. Here is an interesting article I found about the relationship between FODMAPS and Celiac Disease. Of course, the low FODMAPS diet is not for everyone, and I would highly recommend talking to your doctor/dietician first before embarking on the somewhat complicated diet. I just wanted to share that it has worked well for me. Of course, I am not 100% better and never will be, but it is great having my appetite back and not having to worry about chronic stomachaches. For once, I am starting to feel "normal," and although there are a few rough days, things are looking up!
What else is new in life? After reading so many positive reviews, I finally gave in and ordered the Nutra Summa chocolate flavored pea protein powder, and let me say, it is AMAZING! I usually work out 5-6 days a week, so I definitely use protein powder, especially to keep my energy levels up. For the past year or so, I have been using an allergen free vanilla protein powder from HerbaLife, which I have not loved. Unlike other allergen free protein powders which can taste grainy and bland, Nutra Summa's pea protein is rich, smooth, and just plain delicious! I have added the chocolate powder to just about everything including smoothies, almond milk, oatmeal, and yogurt. I am so glad I decided to try Nutra Summa; I am officially hooked and will be ordering more in the future!
Finally, to wrap up this positive filled post, I am thrilled to be heading back to school in less than a week! CSB/SJU is truly my home now, and I couldn't be more excited to continue my educational journey. Plus, both campuses are just plain beautiful, all 4 seasons included [football season, fall, winter, and more winter...MN spring/summer doesn't truly come until after school ends in May].
It has been the summer of a lifetime with my trip to Spain, awesome nanny job, a cousin's wedding, and spending quality time with family and friends. I am feeling extremely blessed right now, and have noticed that feeling healthy again has been a huge mood booster! I am definitely no expert when it comes to living with various food sensitivities, but I am learning to deal with them and not let them take control of my life. In fact, I have learned that staying positive is one of the best forms of medicine. Staying happy truly helps me stay healthy!! Here's to a memorable last few days of summer and start of the new school year!