Hi – I’m Colleen – after years of off and on gluten-free diets, I am experiencing a health crisis of monumental proportions. I have high liver enzymes, vitamin deficiencies, had my gallbladder out in 2006, half my thyroid removed(due to nodules) in 2003 and to compound matters, spent a year deployed to Africa, and was exposed to a lot of environmental hazards (burn pit) and ate local food over half the time.
When I eat Paleo, or Eat Right for your Blood Type (I’m O+) I feel better… however, when I got back from deployment in late 2011, I was 133lbs and feeling OK, despite having encountered Vertigo for the first time while down range. I only wanted to eat comfort food (gluten!) when I got back, and put on 35lbs. Now, I am having a really tough time trying to take it off. I keep falling off the GF wagon, and at this point, have a vitamin D deficiency, my heartbeat is messed up – my ECG is a mess, I was on a heart monitor last December and had over 2300 PVCs in 24 hours. I get chest pain, dizziness, fatigue, joint pain and stiffness and muscle aches. I have had issues with headaches and migraines that I didn’t have before.
I’m scared and I don’t want to die. I need help staying on this diet, because I do know that it works.
You need to get into a support group or find an accountability partner. Hang in there. Keep your health top of mind and push forward. Remember that you are empowered to stay and get healthy. You just have to take action.
I can sympathize. My family and I have been on a true gluten free diet for almost 2 months now. It’s really hard, especially on my kids. It’s really hurt our social lives, I feel like we’re constantly secluding ourselves. We’ve been eating organic for years, yet having to buy organic grass-fed meat is even more expensive, more so now that we can’t supplement our diets with grain, which is cheap. Yet I’ve seen how much better the family is for it . Yet I wonder if we can continue to financially afford to continue eating like this forever. Yet our faith in God helps us through the tempting days and moments. I pray that you can lean on God for strength and guidance through this trying time.