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Carlyn’s Journey-I Love Food, X

Submitted by on April 30, 2010 – 6:00 AM5 Comments
Carlyn’s Journey-I Love Food, X

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”

Mark Twain

A few weeks before meeting Dr. Coo Coo for Tofu, I went to visit my sister in Niceville, Fl. After a morning of shopping in Destin, she took me to Panera Bread, which I had never been to before. She introduced me to what I like to call, a little piece of heaven – The Cinnamon Toast Crunch bagel with hazelnut cream cheese frosting. Oh my goodness, and I do mean goodness! It was a good thing for me that bagels are all healthy, right?!?!? Needless to say, I was in love, and I had a new breakfast of champions. I got home, found the nearest Panera bread, and stocked up. I tell you all of this because the rest of this blog is going to be sad for me because of this new love for bagels I acquired in Destin, Fl.

Dr. Coo Coo for Tofu told me to start journaling what I eat. Ok…I was not concerned in the least. I am a petite thing. I always have been, and honesty, food and I have always been friends. I really didn’t even think of what I ate. I just thought that people who had a problem with food, like high cholesterol, diabetes, eating disorders, weight issues etc. dealt with thinking about it. I have a physical every year at school, and they always say I’m great! I know some of you organic, healthy food gals are gasping at my words, and praying for me right now because of my lack of concern about what I put into my body! I just didn’t know any different at the time.

I took note of everything I ate, and walked in to Zen Central to proudly turn over my food journal. I wasn’t quite sure what Dr. Coo Coo for Tofu was going to be looking for, but I felt confident that I would pass her little test with flying colors. After all, I was eating those nutritious, yet delicious bagels! So you can imagine my surprise when Dr. Coo Coo for Tofu crinkled her nose and said, “Ummm hmmm.” Then, she followed that with, “You sure do like your gluten.”

Now I recognized that word – gluten. I connected it to the gluteus maximums, which is your booty region. I do happen to like mine, so I had to ask, “What are you talking about?”

“Gluten!” She said. “Wheat! You eat a lot of foods with wheat. That may be a big problem.” Then she went on to tell me that some women who are found to be gluten intolerant sometimes have many problems, infertility being one of them. I had also been having some stomach issues, and she said that gluten could be the culprit for that too! She sent me home with a web address where I could research gluten (www.mercola.com) and a task. She wanted me to research all the foods that have gluten in them, and compare them to the notes I’d taken in my food journal for the past week. I had a feeling that this was not going to turn out the way I wanted it to, but remember, knowledge is power. I did my homework.

What I found out in a nutshell is that gluten (wheat) is BAD (according this website) and I ate A LOT of it! Let me give you a sense of how much of it I eat. I have Italian blood running through me. Pasta is a great friend of mine. What is pasta? Gluten! Remember my new breakfast of champions? The Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bagels? Yes. Gluten! For that matter, all bread with flour/wheat is gluten! Are you getting my drift? I was on an almost ALL gluten diet by looking at my journal, from my bagel at breakfast, to my chicken fingers at lunch, even my cookie at snack, and my spaghetti at supper. I was a gluten lovin’ fool!

So, I was all educated on this gluten intolerance thing, but how was I to know whether or not I fell into the category of those who couldn’t get pregnant because of gluten intolerance? I was on my knees praying that this was not the case. When I thought about giving up all my delicious food, I wanted to cry. I know it sounds silly, but I LOVE FOOD! I do not know how you friends who eat fresh grass with a little flax seed on the side do it!

Heading into see Dr. Coo Coo for Tofu, I wondered what the results would be. Well, at least they would just take a little blood, run some test, and tell me right!?!?!? WRONG!!!! Unbeknownst to me, chiropractors don’t do the whole blood test thing to find the results that they need. Nope! I found out that for 90 days (yep 3 LONG months) I would need to stop eating anything with gluten in it to see if my body reacted positively. Then, as Dr. Coo Coo said, “We would know.”

Ya’ll I am not kidding, I cried like a big baby when I got to the car. That was the worst news ever. I thought I would get tested and know the results quickly. Not only was that not the case, but I had to do this for 3 months with the chance that it would not be the problem.

I sucked it up, and started trying to figure out what I could eat. It was not much. If I was trying to lose weight, this would have been wonderful.

Well, here we go. Gluten free is the way to be!!!!! My new motto?!?!?!?

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  • Amy says:

    Wow! I can’t believe I just read a reference to Niceville, what a small world. Anyway, although I can’t completely relate to the infertility, or the gluten problem, it reminds me of how all those delicious foods also translate into carbs. When I was pregnant, I had gestational diabetes, and also had to cut out all those yummy foods for months…so I can ALMOST relate a little to that part.

  • Carlyn says:

    Hey Amy…I love Niceville and love to get down there to visit my sister! You absolutely CAN relate. I have had several friends who had the gestational diabetes. I think it is the same thing and just plain sucks! Nice to hear from you and thanks for your comment!

  • Jessica says:

    Reading this as i eat an entire bowl of rice! So…needing to know the end result! And I still say you need to write a book 🙂

  • What a brilliant quote… made me laugh. Sadly I think it is rather true.

    Good luck with gluten free. At least it is a highly popular diet these days so you’ll be able to get lots of help.

  • Carlyn says:

    Loving your comments!!!