Over the past few months several friends have commented on how great I look. Some have asked what pill I'm taking, others have asked what my secret is. I'm always flattered that people notice the outward change that has occurred, but at the same time, I'm usually a bit embarrassed. Why? Well, for starters, to comment that I look great now, implies I looked like crap before. And who likes to look like crap? Not me! Not then, not now!
The fact is over the past 3 years I couldn't get a handle on my health. No matter what I ate (all healthy non processed food BTW) or how much I exercised I couldn't loose weight. In fact I gained weight. And I became SWOLLEN. INFLAMED. Twenty-two pounds of inflammation to be exact!
Thankfully, through tons of personal research I was able to start down a road that would eventually lead to a doctor that diagnosed me with Celiac Disease and exactly 13 months ago the missing puzzle piece was found. The illusive piece that had been missing for 38 years. The piece that would explain a lifetime of unexplained medical issues gone untreated, and towards the end, a very broken body and mind.
Who knew a body could become SO INFLAMED; to the point that stubborn weight literally melted away just by eliminating the substance that was reeking havoc in my body! Here's the kicker: prior to my Celiac diagnosis, I had been eating a GF diet! No bread or pasta for me. Little did I know at the time gluten hides EVERYWHERE. Shampoo, hairspray, make-up (yes I had to break up with my beloved MAC make-up!) toothpaste, orange juice, lunch meat, soy sauce... just to name a few.
Once I got the diagnosis I threw myself completely into the GF/organic world. I am humbled and shocked by the power of REAL food. I am in awe of my bodies ability to slowly heal itself, reduce inflammation and shed unwanted, embarrassing, ugly weight. All twenty-two pounds!
I'm thankful people can see an outward change and I'm even more thankful I can share my story. If my journey can propel someone on their way to explore their own story than it was worth the twenty-two pounds.
I no longer cringe with embarrassment when friends pay me a compliment. I thank them!