I’ve been gluten free (for the second time around) for over 5 months now. The first time was for about 7 months; four months prior to Sienna’s conception, and through the first trimester. This time around is much easier. That may be because I now have confirmation of a subclinical presentation of Celiac; perhaps because there are simply more options available than even 18 months ago; perhaps because I really feel like I’m doing it by my choice this time.
You may know all the research that is coming out about how gluten affects fertility (if you want the research my endocrinologist gave me, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org). But, although I can’t say I can personally attest to that particular benefit, there are many other side benefits to being gluten free.
Here are my top 5:
1. Overall, I feel much better. I never had any symptoms of a gluten sensitivity, but now being gluten free, I feel so much lighter, cleaner, healthier. I never ever feel bloated.
2. It’s a much “purer” way to eat. Gluten is found in a lot of processed foods. So, simply by eating more organically, you are naturally eating less gluten. Getting back to the way Adam and Eve ate, ya know?
3. Being gluten free is so much easier these days. Perhaps because it is en vogue, or is simply becoming more common, restaurants — even Italian restaurants — are offering gluten free options. I have never been able to not find a substitute. (I have yet to find a pizza crust that I truly enjoy as much as a wheat crust, but that is pretty much the only exception).
4. If you have ever seen “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network, the winner last year was this little bakery just down the road from us! And she won with a gluten free cupcake! I have tried them, and I must admit, not half bad! (I’m still partial to ice cream, which ,thankfully, generally does not contain gluten).
5. I used to have awful cycle cramps. The kind where you double over in pain, have to leave work/school early. Yeah, that kind. Well, no longer. I still notice the familiar twinges and low back ache and can recognize when it is coming, but it is not at all debilitating like it used to be.
Gluten sensitivities are much more common than they used to be. If you at all suspect you have a gluten sensitivity, it is a simple blood test. Celiac itself is generally not officially diagnosed outside of having an intestinal probe, but you can have subclinical presentations, like myself.
It is not easy being gluten free, but it is absolutely a lifestyle choice that has mounds of benefits that, in my opinion, make it extremely worthwhile.