Some people might read that title and think that i was being sarcastic. But i am not! I really am very happy now. At first i was flipping out over the whole thing. I started to find out all my favorite foods that had gluten in them, and got very sad. But then, over time, i worked my way out of that phase. Now, i have alot of joy over this. First off, i love to bake. This has opened up an entire world of flours and mixes and additives i had never heard of. I never knew that they made flour from almonds. I never knew there was coconut flour, (smells heavenly btw) and it has been great. I have a reason to buy cute pretty glass storage containers for the flours and a reason to try my hand at baking stuff. I have a reason to get books and recipes and cookbooks. I love cookbooks! It is so amazing and awesome! I never dreamed that all this crazy arthritis pain was related to something like wheat in my diet. I mean who knew? I never imagined that i would react to wheat and barley and rye like poison. I mean i thought, sure maybe it is pesticides or something, but regular old wheat? Who knew?
But i am actually having a pretty good time now. I didnt get to eat birthday cake at my husbands birthday party and that stank, and i didnt get my usual sub at Jersey Mike's and that blew, but actually, the rest of it has been pretty neat. I really can't stop at McDonalds now, except for an Iced Coffee and that is just wonderful! really and truly a blessing. Cause at last my ability to say no and be strong is pretty much a fast yank on the leash if i do it! Its easy to say, well i will just eat one thing of fries and no mayo.. and end up eating there two times in a week. It is easy to hit the window at Taco land. But now, i can't or if i do, in a very quick time, i will be very very sick. So, an external control is a true blessing.
I have met and made new friends with people who are either right where i am at trying to figure this out, or people who have been there, done that and are eager to share what they learned the hard way, to help out another. I am sooo blessed! These people have opened their hearts to me and helped me out. They have become new friends and it is just wonderful! Aside from a few hiccups in the whole thing, i have started to feel better. That my friend is the beginning of being healthy! It is a beautiful thing! I have recieved a gift, that beats any present under the tree!