The past few weeks have been some tough ones for our family. Everyone goes through those seasons where it seems like everything hits the fan at once, and we had ours in late June/July! Everyone is okay, praise the Lord! Now, we are just learning to cope with some of the results - the biggest being a new diagnosis for me. Or maybe I should say the beginning of a new diagnosis...
I’ve known I’ve had Celiac disease for close to 4 years now. But this Jan/Feb, pre-diagnosis symptoms returned - even though I’ve been as vigilant as possible about following a strict gluten free diet. Sever fatigue (like the kind you get your first trimester of pregnancy - debilitating!) brain fog, insomnia, seasonal allergies, headaches, gas and bloating were all plaguing me on a pretty constant basis. So after a few months with no reprieve, I decided I needed to really investigate by getting some testing done. Plus, I gradually kept losing weight...nothing terribly noticeable on a day-to-day basis, but when you can see your rib cage through your boobs, you know there's a problem. I was talking about it with a dear friend, and she led me to Stephanie’s Dream - a non-profit that helps people like me who just don’t feel right, but don’t really have a specific sickness needing a specialist. I really think it was the hand of God that led me there, because the testing they did was so eye opening, and I'm not sure my internist would have even ordered the labs.
After some blood work and urine tests, my results revealed that I have severe vitamin and macro/micro nutrient deficiencies, that I am not absorbing much of anything I’m putting in - even though it’s healthy, that my digestion has nearly slowed to a halt (and as a result my liver and adrenals are over-taxed - hello, fatigue!), and that I am hypoglycemic, among other things. I believe these are all related...and thinking they are caused by one deeply rooted problem - leaky gut. I’m still figuring this stuff out, so at this point I have more questions than answers.
So, I’ve been pouring myself into research. And this has led me to two very specific places: the Paleo diet, specifically the AutoImmune Protocol, and a whole new world of supplements and lifestyle modifications. I’m now spending my spare time in the kitchen! I’ve learned so much, and feel like I’m just beginning to scratch the surface on learning so many things about how our bodies work best. So far, these are my take aways and my plan of action.
It’s so important to listen to your body, and be your own medical advocate.
Leaky gut is not really recognized by the traditional medical community, but seems to be a HUGELY GROWING epidemic among Americans due to our diets. Lots of things we are eating aren’t nutritious at all, and are really hard for our bodies to digest because of the way we’ve modified them or processed them. Heck, some of the ingredients are just straight up chemicals. Getting back to the way foods used to be prepared back in the day is what I believe will bring healing.
It is possible to heal leaky gut with diet and supplements.
Rest is so important.
Fun is too.
Taking one day at a time is the only way to eat the elephant.
Friends to pray with make all the difference. And a super-supportive husband.
You can do the Whole30 with kids - no problem.
Follow along as I figure this thing out. Hopefully we can encourage each other in the process! I’d love for you to share your health journeys with me below!