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In just 3 years….

Published July 17, 2016 by lynn k scott

If you have a Facebook account, you might be familiar with a semi-new feature called, “On this day”.  It allows you to look back on your posts that you made that day, from years ago. Some days, the memories are ones I don’t care to remember.  Others are one that I can’t believe I had forgotten or immediately bring a smile to my face.

Since 2012-2013, when I discovered I had Celiac’s Disease, during one of the hardest times in my life, losing my sister and mother within a year of each other, I started undergoing a body transformation.

Can I pinpoint exactly what has caused the weight-loss I experienced?  No.  There’s been a combination and I to say which one has done more is virtually impossible.  Obviously, having to change my diet to a gluten-free one was a factor.  Having a stress-level, that probably reach an unhealthy level was another.  Then there were the days and weeks that I was accidentally “glutened” or just didn’t care and ate food that would hurt me.  My body responded appropriately and emptied my system (rather violently at times) and/or caused great pain to remind me that I can’t do that.  Eating healthier, giving up soda, becoming addicted, and competitive, on with my basic FitBit, drinking more water has all played a factor in my weight loss.

So what does this have to do with Facebook?  On July 6, 2016, I had “memories” to look back on and there was one from 2013.  I couldn’t believe looking at the picture how much I had changed.  Ironically, that morning, I had my daughter take a full body pic of me (almost never do this).  I had her do it because I liked the comfy outfit I was wearing and the jeans now another size smaller.

I decided to put the two pictures side by side.  I was blown away.  So much so, I shared it with my Facebook friends.  Those who know me, know I don’t share many pictures of myself, esp. full body ones.  Even my eldest child, who loves to give me grief and isn’t known for compliments, gave me credit for my dramatic change.  I didn’t spend money I didn’t have on a gym, diet pills, or even increase my exercise level dramatically.  I walked a bit more and watched what I was eating.  Ok, I had to watch what I was eating because of the Celiacs, but it was still an opportunity to evaluate my food and beverage choices.  I occasionally will have a soda from time to time or on a bad day, eat half a tub of ice cream, but I still am dropping the weight because I choose to make a conscious effort.

I never thought I would lose as much weight as I have; over 40 pounds.  It’s staying off because it’s been gradual.  Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race.

 

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Grateful for Intolerance

Published March 27, 2015 by lynn k scott

Grateful for intolerance?  Who would really be grateful for that?   I have yet to do is clarify that statement, which will put the ‘intolerance’ in perspective.

For a variety of reasons, I have yet to receive an official diagnosis, but I am someone who cannot consume gluten without paying some pretty severe penalties.  I hesitantly say official diagnosis because I am acutely aware of how my body reacts:  the pain, the not-so-nice bodily functions that result, the inability to stay awake, the inability to sit up or rest comfortably, the bloating (as in a full pants-size) and a myriad of other symptoms.  I know I need to seek out a medical professional to assist in managing my condition, whatever those who “practice” medicine choose to call it.

Around this time two years ago, marks when my symptoms peaked.  I spent several times in one week, getting up in the middle of the night, going downstairs as to not wake my husband, curled up in the fetal position on the throw rug in the livingroom, literally praying for death through my tears.  Not having health insurance meant I had to make a choice to suffer at home or risk thousands of dollars for an emergency room visit they may or may not be successful in removing the torment I suffered from.

Seems a bit far-fetched doesn’t it?  Yet, countless others know exactly what I am speaking of.  Whether it’s a “simple” gluten intolerance or actual Celiac’s Disease, it’s not a fad, it’s not made up, it’s not a weight-loss gimmick.  It’s real!

I never considered a simple protein could cause such discomfort and pain.  It wasn’t until a friend knew of my suffering suggested I try to go gluten-free for two weeks.  I was literally ready to try anything.  Luckily, this option was painless and didn’t require lots of money to try.

Two weeks went by and my symptoms weren’t gone, but the debilitating pain was.  I took to making an honest, gluten-free effort, in my eating habits.  While it meant reading more labels, it wasn’t a big deal to me.  I was a vegetarian for nine years.  I was a label-reading-holic.  It was second nature.

Two years later, I am still as gluten-free as possible.  I’ve lost and kept off 40 lbs.  I once read a weight loss article regarding sacks of potatoes and using them a reference for losing 10-lbs. If you’ve lost 10-lbs, you’ll have a decent, physical representation of what was on your body.  Try looking at four of those bad-boys.  I was secretly impressed with this “side effect”.

Is maintaining a gluten-free diet easy?  Yes and no.  It has helped me continue my quest in eating better.  It affords me the opportunity to make even more homemade dishes; not just for me but my family as well.  I eat less processed foods than ever before.  I can’t really say that’s a bad thing either.

Granted, my food bill has gone up, esp. where alternative flours are concerned or buying something pre-made that is gluten-free.  It can be frustrating when I want something “quick” to eat and I can’t just grab a cookie.  Please don’t suggest a piece of fruit or a salad.  Believe me, I get more than enough of those foods.

Over all, I am grateful for my intolerance or perhaps, disease.  I will work on getting that official diagnosis.  As you know, I have issues with the medical community and need to find the right doctor who actually understands my symptoms and treatments.  I don’t need “I don’t knows”. I need a doctor who can see the long-term goal of managing my food-related journey so I remain as symptom-free as possible.

You now have a glimpse inside the gluten-intolerance world.  I have spared you the really gross details with a glossed-over version.  I think it’s best for all concerned.  After all, some of you could be eating while reading this. Please remember, the majority of us with intolerance or Celiac’s aren’t being difficult in restaurants.  Just because we don’t go into anaphylactic shock upon ingestion of a bagel or piece of bread, doesn’t mean we won’t be sick after we get home (if we make it home before symptoms set in).  Please be tolerant in that regard.  I’m not as grateful for public intolerance for an issue they are typically clueless about.

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