I have received many questions regarding my diet and what differences I have noticed after going organic and gluten free. I wanted to take the time to answer these questions in detail.
I grew up eating garbage – fast food (McDonald’s was my favorite), sugar cereals, mac’n’cheese, lunchables, junk food (chips, etc), soda and a very unhealthy amount of sugar to the point where I would get sugar withdrawals. I noticed in my later teens that I would get bloated constantly after eating. It was irritating but I thought it was normal. I was also constantly fatigued. I even went to the doctor to see if I was anemic or if there was anything wrong with my body. It wasn’t until I had a little girl in my preschool class with celiac disease that I realized I had a gluten intolerance this whole time.
I was 22 at the time and had many questions regarding gluten and celiac because of this little girl that would get so sick. Her dad took the time to explain to me what gluten was and how it can affect people. More people are allergic to gluten these days and don’t even realize it. He explained that getting bloated after eating is not normal and that my problems with being fatigued could also be gluten related. I decided to try out a gluten-free (GF) diet for a couple weeks to see if there would be a change or difference. I wanted to lose some weight as well so I thought it would be a perfect time to do both. I ate only meat, veggies and fruit for a week and then got very lightheaded, weak and even sick. It was withdrawals from sugar, carbs and gluten all at once. After going at it for 2 weeks I felt better. No bloating and a lot of energy. I also had no cravings for junk food. It apparently takes two weeks of a strict diet to get rid of cravings. It was true for me. Around a month later I ate something with gluten and got sick. My stomach bloated and I felt nauseated. The longer I went without gluten the more sick I got when eating it. This is what opened up my eyes and made me realize I had a gluten intolerance. I have been allergic and just became immune to it to a degree from eating it for so long. I decided to get on a strict GF diet and start exercising. I lost 20 lbs in a couple months!!
I later did research on organic vs conventional. Studies show that it is easier to lose weight, have energy and a strong immune system while eating organic. There are a ton more reasons to eat organic that I’m not going to get into now. I would like to just share what physically changed for me. I started living an all organic/GF/natural life. I have so much ENERGY!! My weight is extremely easy to control. I can eat sugar or carbs here and there and stay the same weight. I don’t get headaches. I never get sick. Seriously. I have had my home preschool open for almost 3 years and have never stayed in bed sick. I strongly believe eating organic is the answer to health problems.
Changing my diet changed my life. I wasn’t seeing life or experiencing it fully before. I was fatigued, grumpy, unaware of my surroundings and gaining weight. I feel like a new person after going Organic and GF. Living a healthy life brings happiness along with it. You are taking care of your body and that can change a person for the better – mentally and physically.