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My Doctor Thinks I’m Crazy!

by Erin on January 29, 2012

From our FAB Family…

I had allergies my entire life. I suffered from a year-round “hay fever” and was terribly allergic to cats. I was never an energetic person, and I always felt just a little bit tired. Having kids didn’t help with the tired part. My husband and I thought maybe we should figure out why I was so tired all the time. I had my doctor do some blood work, and everything was normal. I stopped eating sugar, and it didn’t really help much (though I did lose some weight!). Somehow, my amazing husband thought to suggest I stop eating wheat; this was about 5 years ago before “gluten-free” was a common household phrase. I tried taking gluten out of my diet for about a week. I didn’t notice much difference, but thought I would test by eating a little wheat one day. I had a few bites of bread and a couple of noodles, and within an hour I was a zombie! I couldn’t keep my eyes open and I could hardly hold a pen. I felt as if I had taken a Valium. It was crazy!

From that day on, I went without gluten. Soon, I noticed other changes in my body, mainly my loss of all other allergies. I no longer had am itchy throat and stuffy nose all the time. I wasn’t sneezing all day long. And most amazingly, my allergy to cats disappeared. I had more energy and for the first time in my life I was able to get regular exercise. It changed my life.

Not long after I quit gluten, I had a doctor visit. Somehow allergies came up, and I mentioned to my doctor that I didn’t have them anymore, not since I had stopped eating gluten. She was confused, and I explained. She looked at me like I was a nut, and she actually kind of snickered at me. I know that doctors don’t have a lot of training when it comes to nutrition, but really? She had the nerve to laugh? I know for a fact that going GF has relieved me of my allergies and caused so many great changes in my life! I hope that more people can realize that while food allergies may not be obvious, they can cause so many issues that we would never associate with food.

Have you had a similar experience?

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