I don’t think I know a single person who has been struggling with gluten challenges that every once in a while hits a speed bump that they just can’t seem to get over and everything stalls for a bit.
Some people call it the gluten blues or the gluten funk. I’m not sure if its cause we all get so bogged down with the tremendous amount of pressure that is on our shoulders because our health is not at the forefront of every decision and action that we make.
We just don’t have an off button. We don’t really relax, we are always in planning and preparing mode. And, I always feel like I need to be three steps ahead or I’m truly behind.
Some days with everything else that is going on, it can be overwhelming and it can be exhausting and some days we just need some help. That help can be in the form of a hug, that help can be in the form of someone cooking your favorite gluten-free dinner or that help can be in the form of going shopping for you. There are many, many options where every once in a while we just need a break and in truth some days that break never comes.
So what do you do?
So here are my Top 3 Tips, hope they help.
First thing I do when I get to this point, is to plan some time for me to rest. Uninterrupted, no exceptions! The blues are a sign that something is not going on correctly in my body and I have been neglecting me for too long. I have most likely been pushing too hard and it’s time to push back and schedule time for me, no matter what else is going on. Because if I don’t things can unravel from here pretty quickly. So get some major sleep. Sometimes one good nights sleep is enough, others it is not and you may need to get a weekend away, where you can plan to do nothing but sleep and take care of you.
Second thing I do is schedule a massage and some me girlie time. Get my nails and toes done, read a magazine. It is time to step away from the stresses of everyday life.
Now I know this may sound like we cannot deal with the every day stresses and the truth is sometimes we just cannot. We all have stress, we all have hundreds of balls in the air but very few of us are constantly on guard 24/7 having to take care of and worrying about our health every time we but some food to our lips. It gets exhausting in a word.
I think it should be in some kind of celiacs handbook that you absolutely positively have to learn to truly master the art of self care, cause you need it more so than the average person.
Lets talk a little about serotonin. Every body produces a chemical called serotonin and that works as a neurotransmitter throughout the brain and our body. Serotonin is commonly regarded as the chemical that maintains your mood balance. And serotonin is thought to influence appetite, digestion,, sleep, memory, sexual desire and function. 80 to 90% of the body’s serotonin is found in the gastrointestinal tract. So the question arises if you have an inflamed gastrointestinal tract with intestinal permeability, doesn’t it seem logical that your serotonin levels might be out of balance?
Now there are a few ways in which you can boost your own serotonin levels and that is to exercise a few times a week, manage your stress, learn some relaxation or meditative techniques, get adequate sleep and some sunlight.
Now if you have tried adding these as a way to boost your own serotonin levels and you are still feeling out of balance than it is time to go see a doctor and get tested and see what your levels are.
In addition, it is important to note here that there is a very big difference between the gluten blues or funk versus being depressed. Having the gluten blues or funk may last a few days or weeks at most and you can actually pull yourself out of a gluten funk by taking care of yourself in the ways described above. If you cannot pull yourself out of a gluten blues state than it is time to go see a doctor and see what is going on with you, you may need a little extra assistance to help you combat this area. And please know you are not alone, this is a very common thing so please get the help that you need.
Would love to hear you tips on how you get out of the gluten blues, so please share in the comments below. Also, if you have specific tips you’d like to request, click on the question box and I’ll get to yours just as soon as I can.