27 April 2015

A Gluten Free Lifestyle...

Have you ever had one moment in your life, where you literally just wanted to give up on the world and curl up in a ball crying? Well that's how it's been for me for the past month or so.

What started out as a sudden onset of abdominal pain has developed into a continual and ongoing problem. Queue multiple admissions to hospital, doctors appointments, medications and procedures and we get to where I am today. Still ill and stuck in bed, wanting to cry out of frustration.

So what exactly is the problem? According to my Doctor and some specialists, they think I may be suffering from something called 'Crohn's Disease', and believe me when I tell you it's about as pleasant as it sounds. Crohn's is a long-term condition that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive system, and can cause a number of symptoms. Abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss...basically check all the boxes for me.

As there is no cure, the main aim is to stop inflammation and relieve symptoms - and this is where the fun comes in. Right now I'm on a complete cocktail of different pills to try and basically get me through the day. Brilliant. Some days I can feel slightly better, and others I want to curse the heavens.

After doing multiple searches on the internet about Crohn's, I finally took the difficult decision to basically cut all traces of gluten out of my diet. After all, a few other sufferers had reported that it helped ease their symptoms, so I figured it'd at least be worth a try.

If you don't know what gluten is, it is basically found in a lot of foods. And quite a few of my favourite foods too; pasta, cakes, biscuits, breads. Basically anything with wheat, barley or rye in had to be cut out. No more snacking on digestives when I get a little peckish, or picking up a sandwich from Tesco when I forgot to pack my lunch at work. Fast forward almost a month and my symptoms have somewhat eased, and I've adapted to a gluten free life quite comfortably.

Gluten free options are fast becoming more accessible, with alternatives to the usual pastas and breads to name just a few. They're even becoming more recognised in restaurants - such as Bella Italia, which has alternatives to almost the entire menu!

So, where exactly is this post going? All I wanted to do was basically show you all what has been going off recently, as those of you who follow me on twitter will have undoubtedly seen me whining about being ill just a few times. I didn't think it would be fair to keep having my posts scattered and out of schedule without a proper explanation as to why there might be a while between my posts or something.

I hope you all understand and keep with me on this, it's scary going ahead but I know as long as I have your support I can keep going :)

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Rachel Shuchat said...

((Hugs)) I have some friends and relative with Crohns disease, I wish you lots of luck!


Dino's Beauty Diary said...

Thank you, I think I'm starting to get the handle of things now! xo

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