Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gluten Free

As you have read on here I've been dealing with A LOT of anxiety recently. I'm not sure where it comes from or why just that it's there. SUCKS!

So my doctors prescribed more medicine. I'm currently taking Lexapro and Busbar (this one is as needed, but if I don't take it I feel like I'm losing it). I decided about a month ago that I'm tired of meds. I don't want to just take meds for the rest of my life, but I also don't want to always be anxious. So I used my friend Google and started reading about natural ways to treat anxiety. One of the things I read was that going Gluten Free could help. So I decided to try it.

A good friend of mine has been gluten free for years so she offered to help. She showed me some websites I can use, a magazine, and walked me through the grocery store and showed me different brands of gluten free products that are worth the money. After a couple weeks of being gluten free I realized that I was feeling better so I talked to the Nurse Practitioner at my OBGYN's office and she said she run some tests.

What came back was interesting, and puzzling. Apparently I have high thyroid antibodies which basically means my body is attacking my thyroid. No one can explain it so I'm being referred to an Endocrinologist.

So we wait, and since we don't know exactly what is going on I've started cheating on the no gluten thing. Boy, I've felt awful this week. Don't get me wrong the food was GOOD, but the repercussions have been miserable. I'm tired, my stomach is upset, I've had to take more anxiety meds. Just Blah.

So this begs the cheating worth it? The moment I indulge in the strawberry shortcake I think it is, but later when my stomach is churning and I can't keep my eyes open I don't think it is.

I'm interested to see how what is going on with my thyroid is related to this, and not cheat anymore.

Any of you tried gluten free? How did it effect you? What are your favorite recipes/products?

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