Life is full of all kinds of twists and turns. I have had to take a turn in my journey recently. As many of my regular readers and friends know, I have had a rough time the past several years. I was fighting adrenal fatigue, which I am happy to say has improved greatly. I was also dealing with depression, all over aches and pains and chronic tendonitis. I was starting to get worried about it. A few weeks ago during my morning devotions, I was discussing this with God during my prayer time. I was telling him how worried I was getting, what if something happened and I needed to support myself, I don’t think I would be able to do it.
I decided that I would wait until it warmed up a bit to see if my depression lifted–as you know, I am not much for winter and boy have we had winter this year! Then I was going to make another Dr. appointment and really push to get to the bottom of this. Fast forward to the middle of the afternoon during that same day. I was in my office doing my afternoon job of taming the mounds of paperwork for my husband. All of the sudden it was like a light flashed in my head and an announcement was made, “you have a wheat allergy.” Now, I am not new to gluten intolerance as I know several people who suffer with this but they have extreme intestinal issues with theirs—-that is what I thought would happen if you had it. I immediately started researching it. I went right down the line and ticked off every symptom but the intestinal one!!!!! Right then, without hesitation, the change was made.
It has been 10 days and I am marveling at the changes:
- NO more aches & pains
- the tendonitis is 75% better
- the depression and foggy brain…..GONE!
- I am sleeping better
- NO more food cravings. This in itself is mind boggling. I have struggled with my appetite forever it seems. I thought appetite was fueled by sugar. Mine was fueled by wheat. I took out the wheat and I do not crave the sugar. AMAZING!
But what is a baker to do that cannot eat their own baked goods? I guess I will need to become a gluten-free baker.
So far I have made Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes with my homemade Buttermilk dressing for Pancake Day. They were amazing if I do say so myself. Today, I made Banana Bread with pecans and chocolate chips added. It is a little bit more crumbly than bread made with wheat flour. It is resting in the refrigerator and then I will slice it up. It has that somewhat gritty texture of Gluten Free baked goods I have tried in the past so that recipe will go in “file 13”. It is all about trial and error anymore.
Last week I had the “mother” of all head colds. I am just now coming out of my stupor–several more days and it will just be a foggy memory. I have been drinking lots of tea and consuming lots of those delicious “cutie” clementine oranges for all of their delicious vitamin c. The one thing I have really missed is toast and jam. I usual subsist on toast and tea when I am under the weather. I am happy to report that I have come out on the other side of this thing with nary a crumb….amazing!
The tea in the tin here has been almost a constant companion the past week. Just the week before my cold, I had pulled it out of the cupboard and said to myself, “You haven’t needed this at all this winter.” Well……that was short lived. It is Organic cold 911 from my favorite DAVIDsTEA. It is filled with bits of organic peppermint, juniper berries, orange peel, and eucalyptus. It made a delicious cup during my cold–at least on the days that I could taste it!
Well the time has come so Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho it is off to work I go.