I am happy to announce a new contributor to the Eat2Bee Healthy blog, and her name is Tracy. We have known each other for a couple of years, but started working together on her nutrition back in December 2011 when she found out she has Celiac Disease. I am excited to share her three month journey and continuing life changes with all of you. Tracy will be contributing paleo & gluten free recipes and many are great for those with children.
What is Celiac?
Celiac Disease is a gluten induced inflammation and causes damage to the villi in the small intestine. A person living with celiac should remove gluten containing grains from their diet 100% of the time indefinitely. Gluten containing grains are wheat, barley, rye, kamut, spelt, bulgur & triticale - just to name a few sources. Diane Sanfilipo with Balanced Bites created an amazing guide for those avoiding gluten in their diets. It goes into great detail and is an easy downloadable file that can be found here:
My name is Tracy and I just turned 36 in March. I have suffered with endometriosis since puberty, Hashimoto's thyroiditis for 5 years, and last December I was diagnosed with Celiac disease.
When I went to my Naturopath in December 2011, I walked in with a few complaints and one goal in mind. I was having pretty severe hip/groin pain, my hair was falling out, and my sex drive was not optimal. My goal was to try and heal my Hashimoto's through diet. I had been researching how to do that and it appeared that I needed to cut gluten out of my diet.
I informed my doctor of my intentions and she decided to test me to see if I did indeed have a gluten intolerance. She also was checking for indicators of Rheumatoid Arthritis in regards to my hip/groin pain.
I was a nervous wreck waiting for my results to come in, as I was really concerned about my hip pain. My doctor finally called with the good news that I didn't have RA… but my levels for Celiac Disease were off the chart! Who Cares?!?! Celiac? I can control that through my diet, easy! Little did I know the amazing transformation my body and mind were about to undergo.
I had already been eating a whole foods diet with a minimal amount of processed foods, so changing to a Paleo/Primal way of eating was a pretty smooth transition. It is unlike any "diet" I have ever transitioned to before. I constantly feel satisfied! Sometimes I lay in bed at night recollecting what I have eaten that day, thinking that I feel WAY too satisfied to have eaten only what my body needed with no indulgences, but that is exactly what I would discover. Eating humanely raised animal meats, fresh organic vegetables, fruits, nuts & seeds, and healthy non-processed fats satisfied me in a way that I had never been before. Needless to say, this is a way of life for myself and my family now.
I noticed symptoms of Celiac/Hashimoto's started to improve that I didn't even know I had...
my face cleared up around my hairline (who knew there was gluten in hair products)
- my hair isn't as oily
- no bloating or gas after meals
- I can focus longer on a task - no more brain fog
- no more painful pimples on back, around ears, and chest
- very minimal B.O. without the use of deodorant
- little bumps on my thighs and arms have cleared up
- my hair is starting to grow back
- an increase in my sex drive
- lost somewhere around 15 pounds (I don't own a scale)
- falling asleep under 20 minutes of lying down (used to take up to 3 hours!)
- and last but not least, waking peacefully with plenty of energy for the day.
- AND this all happened in the first 3 months!
In regards to my energy, I used to be a groggy, grumpy morning person that did the bare minimum for my son to keep him happy so I could rest a little longer every morning (Poor Eli!) Now, I wake up with ease and immediately start our day off by making a healthy homemade breakfast. For anyone who knows me, this in itself is a HUGE accomplishment!
My days are full of cooking, playing, reading (something I couldn't do because of my lack of concentration or "brain fog") and living as stress free as possible. This is only the beginning and i can't wait to see where this journey goes!
I want to thank Chrissy for helping me make this transition easier. Her knowledge and guidance has been invaluable to me! I would love to give her a huge hug for all of the help she has given me, but that will have to wait as we are 2 states away.
Before Photos taken December 2011 (Left Side) - After Photos taken March 2012 (Right Side)
As I post this message on behalf of Tracy, I got an update from her today that her latest IgA test for gluten markers went from 126 (December 2011) to 6 (June 2012). Yay!! Her Dr decided to run a C-Reactive Protein test to confirm that her systemic inflammation has started to come down. Fingers crossed that comes down as well!
Thank you Tracy for allowing me the opportunity to work with you, and for sharing your story with others so they too can heal from the inside out. Live, Love, Laugh & BEE Healthy Doing It!
Chrissy Bernazzani, NE
-Certified Nutrition Educator-
-Certified Nutrition Educator-