For some reason it's become an annoyance to go out to eat with someone who does not eat Gluten. There is eye rolling and friendly name calling. But as it turns out, those folks who have either decided to become (or are forced to be) Gluten Free are the smart ones! After my own experiences, I have come to find that Gluten is terrifying! Especially for people with sensitive bodies, like Indigo Children.
I didn't feel well. Actually, I thought I was dying. I had eaten so well for so long, and then a few slip ups had my brain so fogged up that I couldn't remember half of the nutritional facts that I had eagerly studied. I couldn't even diagnose myself. I was so confused and so scared. Headaches, dizziness, sore throat, hot flashes, black outs, stomach pain, constant tummy grumbling. I wasn't digesting anything. My moon cycles were worse then ever. I was afraid to eat because I couldn't digest anything. Then it hit me. GLUTEN! This has GOT to be a gluten sensitivity!!!
What Exactly Is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.
I wanted to try the elimination diet. Slowly take things out of my diet here and there, but I was pretty sure it was gluten. The hard part of about that is that gluten is such a staple in the American diet. People close to me were tempting me with pastries and donuts. (I am a fully aware sugar addict) Then I had friends showing me articles about other foods that could be causing this pain, like avocados. I wanted so badly for it to be anything else, so I gave in. And who knows why, because avocados are frickin' delicious (and super healthy). I went back to eating bread, and my tummy continued to grumble.
I had to face the facts. It was gluten. Of COURSE it was gluten. Not Celiac, but a pretty intense sensitivity to it. And so the "you're so difficult" and the "it's all in your mind" jokes began. Uggghhhh please! After doing my research, I think it's safe to say that most of America should be Gluten Free these days. Our current food supply, soil depletion and environmental toxins have changed the eating game vastly! Refining, hybridization and genetic modification of our grains have made things worse. Our bodies weren't ready.
"99% of our genes were formed before the development of agriculture." -Dr. William Cole.
There are studies that even link Gluten to neurological diseases and disorders, such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD. Yup, all those things have been affecting me too! Eating gluten can eventually cause Leaky Gut Syndrome, which elevates the levels of a protein called Zonulin in the brain, essentially causing leaky brain syndrome. Over 20% of American adults suffer mental disorders, and brain disease is the leading cause of death in America.
They say 1 in 20 Americans are living with a Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. With that said, most Americans are never even diagnosed. Other symptoms of a Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity look like this:
- Digestive Issues (gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation)
- Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin on the back of your arms)
- Fatigue, Brain Fog, Chronic Exhaustion
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Dizziness, Feeling Off Balance
- Hormone Imbalances
- Migraines Headaches
- Chronic Fatigue
- Inflammation, Swelling, Pain In Joints
- Mood Swings
- Panic Attacks
Wheat is no longer what it used to be my Indigo friends.
I haven't consumed gluten in a little over a month now and the majority of my symptoms have subsided. It definitely takes time for everything to get back to normal, so be patient with your healing, and most of all be consistent! I'm finally feeling like myself again, and I'm ready to kick that stuff to the curb for life!