Saturday, June 22, 2013

Going Gluten Free

I have suffered from acid reflux for years. Many prescription medications and natural alternatives later I still have problems. Recently I have read more and more research that points to some people having acid reflux because of the grains we eat, specifically gluten. So the gluten free journey has begun. Deciding to go gluten free can be a struggle and takes lots of willpower, research, and perseverance. Just about everything you eat on a daily basis has to be changed. I started two weeks ago and the rest of my family started one week ago. In the beginning I was going to do this alone but the more it was discussed around the dinner table the more Grace and Scott got interested in trying it themselves. All the members of my family have suffered from gastric issues over the years.  My son has had problems for years with his stomach and is a prime candidate for a gluten free diet. The only problem is he is a very picky eater and has always lived off of bread and breaded items. So convincing him would have been a real issue, plus he is living on his own now and responsible for his own meals. Now over the past six months or so Grace has started developing some gastric issues of her own. Saying all of this Grace and Scott came on board to do the gluten free diet too. The biggest issue for my daughter is eating out/fast food. She loves her chicken tenders. Yesterday I told her we could go get some lunch and chose McDonalds. I eat a burger with no bun and some french fries. I told her she could splurge on the nuggets, well a couple hours after eating them her stomach hurt. This morning she realized that the nuggets probably gave her the stomach ache. A little vindication on my part and a real blow to her to discover she just might have to do the gluten free at all times (not just at home).

One thing that makes my life a little saner in the process is the fact that a friend of mine has started a small cottage industry business selling gluten free mixes at our local farmer's market. I can get many things from her and she is continuing to add to her products, and her mixes are cheaper than the store. Yesterday I picked up fresh baked bread, 4 pizza crusts, muffin mix, biscuit mix, pancake mix, blondie mix, and brownie mix as well as the Crazy Good Granola she creates. I plan on giving this a go for a good 8 weeks and hope for improvement with my acid reflux. My goal is to get off of the strong prescription medication (which is a whole other post), which impedes many vitamins and minerals from absorbing into your body. Currently I have to take supplements for vitamin D, B, fish oil, and probiotics. Again that is a whole other post.



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7 comments:

Karen said...

I hope this works out wonderfully for you Diane! I know it is a huge life change to make. Good luck with it.

Sandra said...

As someone who suffers from acid reflux etc that has not responded positively to any medication so far I'm off to do some research.

Tami said...

Going GF certainly can't hurt. Keep us in the loop. I'd love to hear how youre doing long term.

I've been GF after my brother was Dx'd Celiac a few years ago. I consider myself "sensitive" and avoid gluten as much as I can. I too have reflux. Started about the time I decided to go GF. Was on Zegrid for 6 months but weaned myself off that asap for the same reasons you're wanting off it.

I DO still use ranitidine 2x's day. Love my soda, caffeine and wine too much...

Fran said...

Good luck with your change of regime, it can be quite tough. I have recently gone vegan and I look on it as a 'treasure hunt' looking for vegan goodies! Xxx

Deb said...

That is very interesting. I have had reflux for years. I shall be interested to see how it works out for you.

Does your friend who makes the GF mixes have a website?

The Zookeeper said...

Good Luck!

Missouri Mama said...

I went gluten free for 18 months when I was in my 20's. The good news is that companies now recognize there is a market for GF products