For so many people who suffer from celiac disease (and really any autoimmune disease) where gluten has become poison to your body, everything changes. The way that you look at food, the way that you shop, the way that you cook, the way that you interact with friends and family, and for some of us who we are.
Who we are because celiac disease robs us of our spontaneity. In many cases celiac disease changes us and we are always on guard. It’s really hard for a celiac to truly relax and enjoy ourself. Plans becomes a challenge because we never know how we will feel in advance. Which only leads to anxiety and prayer that when the day comes we will be able to follow through and not disappoint others as well as ourself.
Disappoint your friends and family enough leads them to question your relationship. Disappoint yourself enough and you lose faith in you, because when you stop following through on your commitments and promises, even though with everything in your heart you wish you could be there, enjoying the moment, it chips away at who you are.
Celiac disease changes us. Changes us to our very core.
Unfortunately, when you don’t do these things and you keep pushing your body, ignoring the fact that you have to take care of yourself…. in truth you will never figure out how to get your body to heal.
And, now finally there is some research to actually back-up what I have been saying for years now. Came across this article recently: Titled: Gluten-free diet may not reduce intestinal damage in all children with celiac disease.
I think this statement from the article pretty much sums things up:
“Although the long-term risks for children with persistent intestinal damage are not clear, such damage in adults has been linked to an increased risk of lymphoma, low bone density and fracture. The study authors also note, “malabsorption and inflammation in children may have negative repercussions on physical and cognitive development.”
In my opinion, the same principals needs to be applied to anyone suffering from celiac disease….a gluten free diet is simply not enough to repair the intestinal damage that all of us suffers from, when you have this disease. Bottom line, there is no way around it!
If we don’t heal our bodies how can we possible lead a full, fabulous life?
Healing our bodies requires a whole new set of changes in your diet, changes with your mindset, changes in our daily lives and all of this will again change the very core of who you are.
Healing forces you to slow down and in truth changes your priorities.
It’s learning how to come out stronger and healthier and on the other side of all this, that has to be your goal. This has to be your focus…. because when it’s not your health will absolutely continue to decline.
No, I’m not trying to be a jerk. I have absolutely been there and my body fell apart. I became reactive to several different foods, I wrecked my thyroid and metabolism, my arthritis went into overdrive and I was in constant joint pain and my lymph system stopped worked and I started filing up with fluid
And what do you know, there is also some research that also supports how important healing is. According to Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins, he said that statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease they are at risk for a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime. Here is the article so you can read for yourself:
Healing your gut is the key to regaining a life back again. It’s about so much more than removing some foods from your diet. This is about your health and your future health that is deteriorating right before your eyes.
These new changes will require you to think out of the box, become a bit of a rebel from conventional thinking (of your friends, family and sometimes conservative doctors that you may have), this requires you to ask the bigger picture questions and push for answers because truly you want to stand out now and break the cycle…. No one needs to wind up with 7 autoimmune diseases and an increased rick of risk of lymphoma, low bone density and fracture.
You only have one body and it’s time to start taking better care of it.
Let’s work together…. but first, make sure you have downloaded your copy of What you wish your Doctor told you about celiac disease.... Gluten Free Guidebook