My new neurologist recommended that I go on a gluten-free diet to see if it will alleviate many of the symptoms that I struggle with daily which include joint pain, foggy head, memory problems, cognitive difficulties, muscle pain, fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, and more.
I have considered going gluten free in the past because of how I feel after eating wheat. I do not feel very good after eating bread, even made with organic whole wheat flour. I have gluten-free flour mixes in my pantry that I have not attempted to use. I nibble on Gluten-free crackers, nuts, and dried fruit because I feel better when I eat those foods. But I have never taken the plunge.
This will not be an easy journey. My food budget is about $15-20 a week right now. There is not much gluten-free I can buy for that amount of money. I can, however, use what I have in my pantry, and try to live on almonds, peanut butter and eggs. I am hoping that my garden produces abundantly. I still have quite a bit of my homemade pear vinegar for pickling and cooking.
One concern that I have is B-12. While I am doing okay right now, whole grains are a great source of B-vitamins. I will need to do research into finding healthy sources of vitamins that I might lose by going gluten free.
This will be quite a journey. I will try to record and share my successes and failures, and should start a food journal (not online) along with recording symptoms.
I love a challenge, and I especially like the idea that many of my debilitating symptoms could be alleviated by dietary changes. Here’s hoping . . .