What foods can I eat?
Maybe we better talk about what I can't eat first.
Everyone wants to know — I get questions and emails all the time saying: What can you eat? How did you do it? How in the world did you lose over 110 pounds?
So, today I thought it would be appropriate to talk about what foods I do not eat because this plays such an important part in living with Fibromyalgia.
The Three Biggest Problem Foods For Me!
Wheat – Soy – Milk
Below You'll Find Some Photos of Foods Which Contain Gluten
But… Unfortunately There are Many More!
Okay…. okay, I'll admit it. At first this new way of eating was HARD! I thought I couldn't do it. I wondered what I would be able to eat. Nothing? Well, that's what I thought as it's what you are probably thinking too!
But… OH MY GOSH! This has changed my life!
Truthfully, God changed my life through my new "healthy" life style and through the marvelous doctors my husband and I found who knew immediately what was killing me (yes, you did hear me right), and who knew what immediate and major changes I needed to make in the foods I ate .
You see, I was born with Celiac and that is what caused my fibromyalgia. Celiac is a severe allergy to many – well… most of the foods I was eating when I got sick. As I kept eating them, the sicker I got.
Celiac affects the large intestines. There are little extensions on the inside wall of your intestines which are called "villi." These villi stick our and move around to grab hold of and absorb fat, vitamins, nutrients, and minerals from the foods you consume. With celiac, these villi are flat against the wall of the intestines, so they cannot absorb any of the nutrients you need to survive – to be healthy – and to flourish. I was hardly surviving at all, and I certainly was not healthy in any way, shape, form, or fashion.
Thank You Lord! I am as healthy as I can be while still fighting fibro and celiac – as I will for the rest of my life. I began starting to to flourish at the "young" age of 60…feeling better than I had felt since I was 29 years old! And, it is all because of what I eat (and some natural supplements).
These are the foods that I COULD NOT eat when I started this new lifestyle!
NO Gluten (wheat, barley, oats, Aramanth and glue on envelopes – don't lick it!)
NO Lactose (milk, cheese, yogurt)
NO Soy (soy is in everything… even coating some of the medicines you take)
NO Canned Foods
NO Processed Foods
NO Tomatoes – or only very little
I have now been eating this way for almost 8 years. I have been able to add back some dairy, like cheese on salads, and sometimes in a casserole, or even in gluten free pizzas. I have now added back an egg for breakfast every morning. Before the diet, I had a stomach ache every morning of my life. I didn't know it was from eggs until I left them off…
I do eat bread every day, but it is bread that I make in my $10.00 yard sale bread machine. Pamela's bread mix which is made from rice flour. I buy this from Amazon and make it a couple of days a week — because my husband is now wheat free also. (His arthritis got better when he left off wheat.) I eat pasta, macaroni, spaghetti, etc. made from rice flour also. If you were to come to dinner at my house, you would not know that you were eating gluten-free! We can eat pizza which I make using Kinnikinnick gluten free or Udi's gluten free pizza crust.
I I now know that I will probably NEVER eat soy again! Turns out it made me VERY sick. This really didn't show up until I had been off gluten for a month or so. That's okay…. I truly can live without gluten and soy for the rest of my life — more than happy to, as a matter of fact! With some of these other foods, I sneak a little every now and then, and although I don't feel great afterwards, but I am not deathly ill.
Below You'll Find Some Photos of Foods That are Really GOOD for you!
The above food are great to eat! Fruits, greens, nuts, legumes and many more options can literally change your life!
If you have fibro or celiac… or even think you have this, try eating as healthy, natural, and organically as possible. This was not a disease, or even a problem 100 years ago. Do you know why? They didn't have all of these chemicals, preservatives, and insecticides in their foods then. A good rule of thumb is; if you couldn't find that food 100 years ago… then don't eat it now! Simple, huh?
The weight loss? Well, obviously I was overweight from being sick for so long. I didn't change my way of eating to loose weight. I changed my way of eating to be happy and healthy and to be able to enjoy my life and my family again. The weight loss was a plus…. an amazing plus! When I first began this new way of eating, I went down to an 8 petit! Never been that small in my life – even as a child. lol But, now I have gained some of that weight back. There are starting to be too many gluten free cookes, cakes, and muffins on the market now which taste REALLY good. So it is a constant battle for me to leave those off!
Until next time…. think healthy, happy, and be very grateful that you have a chance to change your health and your body just as I did!
Blessings & Smiles… Nancy