Update: Where I’ve Been

hank you so much to everyone who is still following this Blog.  I am still here, and I intend on getting back into the swing of things with blog posts.  I do want to talk a little bit about what has been going on and where I have been because it does affect my life and while this is not expressly a cooking blog, I do post a lot of food on here and it does have to do with that. 

Over the past few months, I have been feeling very very ill and started to notice that I was having GI problems and bloating….like a lot.  I did what I normally do and did a seven-day juice fast which always made me feel better.  Normally after this I bounce back pretty quick.  It sets me back on track after not eating well and because of that not getting the energy that I need.  However, this time I did not bounce back and the bloating got so bad that there were days where I couldn’t get out of bed, much less go running and enjoy the things in life that I do. 

I finally got a recommendation for a good GI doctor and went to her in New Jersey.  We proceeded to do all the tests that I needed including blood tests, allergy tests and was put on a strict low FODMAP diet and some medication to help with my bloating.  Of course, this presented its own challenges considering I just didn’t want to eat at all.  It was and is still very hard to eat and with my history that caused its own energy problems.  Anyway, all of the blood tests came back negative for things like Crohn’s disease and the usual suspects.  The allergy test showed the usual suspects.  It also said that I am allergic to dogs which I am completely disregarding because I have never had reactions to dogs, it wouldn’t effect my digestion and honestly, I would rather be allergic to men then dogs.  Because all of this came up negative and I was still having some problems they finally took me in for an Endoscopy.  If you don’t know what that it its where they put you under and shove a tube down your throat, taking pictures and if things are seen, biopsies. 

What they found is…well its not great.  I have an irregular esophagus lining which is causing heart burn but more then that it shows that I have celiac disease.  Celiac disease is an Auto immune reaction that attacks your small intestines lining when you ingest gluten.  It is not a gluten intolerance but an actual immune reaction that over time attacks the lining in your small intestine, making it impossible for your small intestine to absorb nutrients.  This is just the basic description of it but I am still ;learning since I did not know what exactly this was. 

Now, for those of you that know me, you know that this is not good because I used to bake for a living, come from a big old Italian family where pasta and bread are king and I try very hard not to cut things out of my diet because of my history with eating disorders.  However, there is no cure for celiac disease.  No pill that will control your autoimmune response.  Really the only treatment is to never eat gluten again.  The good news is that I can rebuild my small intestine over time if I stay away from gluten and don’t trigger that response.  Its going to take some adjusting but after being on a Gluten free diet for almost two months now (The Low FODMAP diet I was put on after my first appointment is gluten free) I am starting to feel more like myself again.  How long it will take until I can get off the low FODMAP diet is questionable since there is no time line but now that I know whats hurting my small intestine I can start the process and start feeling more like myself again.  I’m still working on how I’m going to navigate this.  Yes it has to do with eating gluten but it also means that there are days where I eat something that is not easy to digest accidentally and have a flare up.  Learning how to eat well and things that wont trigger bloating but also not being afraid of food again is something that I am working hard on. 

I intend on coming back to this blog and getting back to myself but the content might include less bread recipes.  Thank you all so much for being here and being on this weird road of life with me.   

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