I have struggled with my health for years. Years. Years. and more Years. After my diagnosis of Celiac disease and the start of my gluten free diet in 1999, I gradually started to feel better. But I never got the point where I felt GREAT. I never had that moment where I felt like a new person. Like I was so much better. And I’ve wanted that so badly.
I’ve known that I have issues with dairy and soy products and I have tried on and off to eliminate them. I quit eating cows milk products about four or five years ago, and switched to goat and sheep products. But I still cheated on and off with things like ice cream, coffee drinks, and a little bit of cheese here and there. I also stopped eating tofu, edamame, and miso products to reduce the amount of soy in my diet. Again, I have cheated on and off, and I still use a lot of soy based products like margarine, oils, and everything else soy hides in.
Lately I have been feeling like I need a push in the right direction. Something to make me actually eliminate these foods from my diet for good. Turning 31 sort of made me realize I am not a kid anymore. I need to step up and take responsibility for my health and how I’m feeling. I need to make some changes so that I do have that “ah ha” moment where I realize how good I can actually feel. That’s what I’m striving for.
I read this post from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom today. It lit a little spark inside me, making me wish even more for that moment where I realize that I feel better than I ever have in my life. So, I’m going for it. A challenge to myself. To feel absolutely AMAZING.
For the next month, in addition to being gluten free, I will eat 100% dairy free, soy free, egg free, and (almost) vegan – with the exception of turkey, fish, and shellfish. And yes, I know thanksgiving falls in this time frame. This will involve a LOT of personal strength and will power. But I can do it. I owe it to my body.
And… I can’t wait to see how I feel at the end of this month!