So happy I found this place. I’ve been suffering with Panic Disorder and IBS-D for most of my adult life. Medical doctors tell me IBS isn’t anything to worry about because it’s not a “real” bowel disease (tell that to my bowel!). Psychiatrists and psychologists and dieticians tell me that IBS is a psychological “thing” and so if I could just get my head sorted out lol, the IBS would also be resolved. Brain/gut thing and all.
When I started perimenopause, I developed melasma (ugly brown blotches on my face). My doctor had no clue what they were, I had to google and find out for myself. Oh and I can’t sleep.
Having browsed through this site, every member of my family has something that can be linked to gluten: IBS, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, mental illness, cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism. I’m sure I’m forgetting some things. And we all eat what we thought was a pretty healthy diet. We don’t eat junk food, just mostly home-cooked meals with lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, a little meat, fish… BUT we do eat a lot of breads, pastas, and rice too. We even switched to the whole grain variety thinking that would be healthier than the white stuff.
Anyway, I started the totally gluten free diet yesterday… but this is going to be challenging for me because I’m on a very limited income (long-term disability) so it isn’t that I don’t want to buy everything organic, free range, etc… I simply cannot afford it because I can barely afford to buy the non-organic foods. So, it’s time for me to get creative and do the best with what I’ve got. Any suggestions for cheap meals would be greatly appreciated.