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One Year.

by caroline

Around this time last year, I was doing this …

[Attending Oktoberfest, not picking up cute boys. Even though he is a rather cutie-patootie friend of ours.]

Don’t let the smile fool you. Shortly after this photo was taken, my stomach started to turn … then cramp … and then we had to leave … and then I spent the night in the bathroom. Not at all uncommon for this time in my life. Especially, after it had been spent on a rather gluten-filled adventure for the day: Crepes in the morning, fun with friends at Oktoberfest (which was ironically held in mid-September) and more glutenous activity to follow.

The moral of this story? That miserable night was my turning point.

I had already been researching gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, so it was on my radar as something that may be affecting me. And after years spent feeling miserable, I was at my wits end. That night was the moment my life would change in ways I could have never foreseen.

It might sound dramatic to some of you, but if you can identify at all with the idea of a duration of time spent feeling terrible, then you’ll understand just how momentous this very day was in my life.

After that, everything happened shockingly fast –– the doctor’s appointment, celiac disease diagnosis and transition to a gluten-free life. If I would have known feeling healthy could be accomplished by such an “easy” switch, then I would have done it years earlier. I was angry about the time I had spent not feeling my best, but I was even more excited about what was to come.

By September 26, 2010, I was completely gluten-free. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: I have honestly and truly never spent a moment looking back. Sure, there are twinges, like when Halloween Oreos hit the shelf this past month (sick, I know). But I don’t feel sorry for myself, and I sure as hell don’t miss my life with gluten.

The transitions toward better health have been varied — some immediately obvious (i.e. reduced stomach pain and migraines), others a little slow to show their colors (i.e. brighter skin, stronger hair). But the point is, that my life has only gotten better. So much better.

And, hey, who can argue with this

… and this

… and these?

Who said gluten-free wasn’t a helluva good time? Not this girl.

Happy 1-Year Gluten-Free Anniversary to me! I feel so blessed to have finally made peace with my health and I look forward to what’s to come. Whaddya say we celebrate this occasion with a week full of yummy food? Sound good?! Yeah, I think so too! :)