I’ve been waiting to write this post for quite some time now, not only is hard for me to write but I want to do it justice in explain the why and how. I am by no means a doctor or RD but I can share my experiences in hopes that it helps someone else going through the same challenges, since alot of times that’s how I found the best relief and home remedies tips.
I’ve written about my Celiac Disease many times, and in no way did I ever want my blog to be a Debby downer mood crusher. At the same time, my blog is a way for me to express what I’m going through. With increasingly health issues over the last year, I finally had the had the chance to a naturopathic doctor for my health issues. This appointment was so eye-opening for me because naturopathic doctors don’t just look at your own symptoms, diagnose it, and move on. They assess all issue as an intertwining and for someone that has celiac that is huge because it affects every. part. of. your. body.
Although I thought I had my celiac disease under control, I was still dealing with fatigue, acne, sore muscles, (when I hadn’t been to the gym in a week). And the most common stomach aches. I never thought, or wanted to think of myself as “sick” I constantly down play having celiac disease because I don’t want to be “that girl” at the restaurant with all the specific instructions. I didn’t want to change my lifestyle and compromise having a normal life. But it turns out I was not being serious enough about the caution I need to have to protect my body. I always thought “Oh I’m not that sensitive” or “Oh it’s not that big of a deal” turns out I was wrong. Cross -contamination is no one’s friend when you have celiac. I had to come to terms that not only my lifestyle would change, but my exercise habits, going out to eat, using my favorite makeup brands ,and even dating change.
I didn’t even know where to start and as I’m finding out more and more, it’s really hard to get what is in our products and food. Everything down to toothpaste, and laundry detergent. Talk about making myself self-reliant.
These stipulations really messed with my mental health, which was already in bad shape thanks to celiac and other life changing factors. I’m currently on a new diet, with more restrictions, and on a timeline to help heal my gut. And so far everything has truly helped me feel so much better. I have energy to work out again, and I am loving finding new foods to eat. I thought I had conquered this thing and I was on the road to recovery… until I started itching about 2 two weeks ago….
We ended up doing a food panel and some blood work to look at 96 different foods that I could be having reactions too. Turns out I’m allergic to alot more than just gluten. Things we knew like dairy, and things I suspected like eggs and soy. Three things that a common to develop allergies to when you have an auto-immune disease. And other random things like banana’s and pineapple. I know, heartbreaking especially for my pineapple pizza loving self. A few days into the diet I went to MOD pizza and straight up ordered a pineapple pizza out of habit, and started digging in! Till my mom realized and was like “Wait sh** you’re eating pineapple on that!” I didn’t even realize. This diet was going to be hard than I thought.
My itchy skin was getting increasingly noticeable… to the point where my co-workers would have to tell me to stop itching, because I wouldn’t even notice it. And then I started waking up with bruises all over because I was itching in my sleep without even realizing it!
I was getting ready to head off to Disneyland with my little, and I was so excited to plan out all my GF + allergy friendly food and snacks. And then a few days before the trip I started getting little water blisters on my hands that kinda hurt but mostly itched. During the trip they got SO. MUCH. WORSE. I ended up calling my naturopathy on vaycay to get some insight and plan to go in to see her as soon as i got home. We thought since I had be eating so many almonds in my diet that I had increased my slight sensitivity to it. And although I did need to slow down on the almond butter, I really just needed to make sure I was sticking to a strict rotating diet, to not be eating the same things more than once every three days. Lots of variety, which has a person who doesn’t like change even when it comes to the food I like this is a tricky one! My doctor assured me that it looked more viral than allergic reaction based on the how the blisters started on my hands. And we ended coming to a conclusion of this being a result of dermatitis. Which is an offset sideline effect of celiac.