Valentine’s Day Happy Gluten Free Stories straight from YOU

Happy Valentines Day Everyone.  I love Valentine’s Day, it’s the one day you get to eat all the chocolate you want, completely guilt-free.

Here’s a few Dark chocolate facts when used in moderate consumption:

  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Releases Endorphins (pleasure)
  • Contains Serotonin (antidepressive)
  • CardioVascular Benefits

It just keeps getting better…

Lately I have been focusing and blogging about all the positive aspects of living the gluten-free lifestyle.  How much healthier my overall diet is, concentrating on all the yummy fresh foods I can eat and being happy because I am well… for the most part, most of the time.

That’s where you guys come in, continuing the great work through the ‘domino effect’ of spreading the word and educating.  Making sure we are well, all of the time.  So here is a BIG thank you to everyone out there choosing to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem.

 

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  1. After 30 years of one illness after another, going gluten free has solved some health issues that the doctors have not been able to. Feels like I have a brand new lease on life. I’m still learning every day as I go, but it’s a lesson that’s well worth the effort.

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  2. learning to cook has made the biggest difference for me! I now actually enjoy cooking and figuring out ways to make yummy gluten free dishes.

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  3. learned that I can find gluten free products in the grocery and still eat what I want without compromising on recipes or taste.

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  4. Interacting with the gf community has been a lifesaver. This disease can be very isolating. People love to make fun of gf or roll their eyes when you ask. They have no idea what a struggle it can be.

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  5. As a direct result of maintaining better health, being gluten-free has been a positive experience. In addition, I provide the results of my personal experience to Twitter followers providing valuable info in regard to being gluten-free. This also is a positive, as many appreciate the info I’ve provided about being gluten-free.

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  6. I’ve tried to learn as much as I can about celiac disease and how harmful it can be to long-term health. I want to start a support group in my area and share my knowledge

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  7. lots of online research

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  8. Fallen in love with cooking, love eating a lot of fresh food, body feels better, lost weight. Use Twitter to share knowledge and recipes for others.

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  9. One of the best things out of this was meeting a lot of new people and being able to share and compare stories. It has also taught me to eat better. Since eating better, because of my gluten intolerance, I have lost weight without trying.

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  10. Honestly, I am only recently beginning the journey. However, after years, a lifetime, even, of health-problems, ever increasing and baffling, I do anticipate looking into the horizon of better things to come. =) Although I have, yet, to undergo certain procedures to determine the extent of damage, as well as dealing daily with other on-going and pervasive medical issues, such as “widespread” yeast/fungal and numerous other infections, it has been determined that I will be one of those extremely sensitive to even the slightest amounts of gluten and/or cross-contamination, I AM ALREADY ABLE to attest to the benefits of beginning the journey and endeavour of the lifestyle change, to some degree, in that numerous symptoms have already begun to show improvements by merely beginning to remove gluten from my diet. Lamenting, to some extent, is occcurring and understandable, but ” JOY COMES IN THE “MORNING”(and from the “mourning”, I suppose!! ;-)) (Please pardon the pun. ;)) Blessings for your kind heart. <3 Hugs

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  11. My son was diagnosed with celiac disease at 18 months old. He is all the inspiration I need to stay positive and work to make his life the healthiest possible!

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  12. I have tried to help other people that have been diagnosed so we can form a support group to help with recipes, eating out, etc.

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  13. I discovered a whole world of food I didn’t know existed when I went gluten-free.

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  14. My wife recently started having issues with gluten and i am trying to support here 100%. Plus, it is a little hard finding good gluten free things.

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  15. For health reasons I had to remove gluten from my diet.I looked at it as a nuisance to my family. My husband and children are my biggest supporters and advocates. My husband grocery shops and always comes home with a gluten free find and before we go out to eat my kids make sure there’s gluten free choices.

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  16. I’ve researched alternative foods, cleaned up my eating, improved my health immensely, and shared my experiences with friends, family, and patients!

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  17. nuts and more nuts

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  18. ‘ve had the opportunity to start my blog and also host monthly GF Get Together events in Milwaukee — I have met so many wonderful, supportive GFFs along the way!

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  19. I have shared my knowledge and experience with others with Fibromyalgia so that they may get some relief as I have!

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  20. It forces me to read labels and really look at what I eat. So now I eat and feel much healthier!

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  21. Being gf has always been a great experience mainly because I can get out of bed on weekends and enjoy life! I look at it as not a curse, but a cure. I am very vocal and do not hesitate counseling others who think they have or do have an issue with gluten. The secondary benefit I point out to friends when I cannot eat with them is I cannot eat the bad stuff I.e. big Mack’s. I tell them for me this is a blessing because my will power for unhealthy food is nonexistent.

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  22. I have had such fun finding and trying gluten free recipes, not only for myself but for my family. One of the things I enjoy the most is when my gluten free ‘goodie’ is so good that my ‘gluten eating’ family gobbles them up without mentioning they’re GF.

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  23. I love to bake and I have converted all of mine and my grandmother’s recipes to gluten free.

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  24. I made it fun, trying to find gf versions of my favorite recipes and tweaking them to my tastes has been like rediscovering cooking all over again.

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  25. I am a military wife with thyroid disease, going gluten free has been challenging as we are constantly going and moving but I try to make it a fun adventure for my husband and myself 😉 we do it together , and he keeps me motivated

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  26. Shop at Whole Food

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  27. Kept trying different things, first time wasn’t always a charm…

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  28. I always go at it with a smile, and a positive attitude.

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  29. My younger brother just recently found out he has a gluten allergy and we have made the best of it. Trying to figure out gluten free alternatives is difficult yes, but at the end of the day its rewarding to find things he likes.

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  30. Learned to bake! If ever any member of my family has a sweet tooth, we aren’t sad for lack of sweets due to being gluten free. Instead, we start baking together, mixing and matching recipes, trying and substituting, and having a great family time. And in the end – eating gluten free! Thank you for this opportunity, and for the blog that unites people like us.

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  31. Going GF was harder in my head than in real life and it really has helped us be healthier. We don’t eat fast food and limit our going out to eat at all. It saves us money and we get to spend more quality time around the home dinner table. Now we love being gluten free and when we meet newbies we love sharing our tips!

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  32. I feel like I can be a better mom since I have gone gluten free! No more extreme stomach aches, so much time spent in the bathroom, and sleeping. It has given me my life back!

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  33. Since as long as I can remember, I had stomach issues. Growing up, and even as an adult, I wrote them off to being “part of life” and learned to ignore them. Afterall, I was active, fit and healthy; and these stomach issues were the norm for everyone, right? WRONG!

    Worse.. my kids all seemed to have the same issues! That si when I finally had enough and decided to take our health into our own hands.

    Going gluten free has made a WORLD of difference… not only do we feel so much better, stomach issues gone, skin clear, we are eating better overall. I have even developed a niche in my career out of my new passion for gluten-free eating! (www.wheatfreely.com)

    It has made us healthier, but also more AWARE of what we eat daily!

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  34. OK, so I thought the severe migraines were because of my new step-kids or just the stress of a blended family. After 20 years of suffering, was encouraged to try eliminating some food items for 30 days to see if that was the issue. Well, gluten it was. No more headaches, no more tummy issues. Probably never know if I have CD or the one I claim for sure: NCGS. Life is beyond better without gluten.

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  35. Kirsten,
    I’d love to share with you a quick synopsis of my story. I had been helping people with allergies for 18 years, being in the medical profession and a health and beauty advisor later on I had never thought that I would need all the information and research I did for others for myself. I was born with a rare heart defect and had to have additional heart surgeries after my children were born. The last one did me in. My thyroid shut down along with other problems and they wanted to remove it. I went for additional opinions and worked with a nutritionist from Nutrilite and they suggested gluten free for a start, after only THREE weeks my Thyroid was perfectly fine and after three months with additional deletions and additions in my food choices I was completely healthy! It’s an amazing thing to go from death to health in a few months and being able to look at my children and my husband and know that I did what I could for my health to stay on this earth longer, and didn’t leave it in someone else’s hands! My family decided to go gluten free after they saw how it affected my life and all of our lives have changed dramatically! I don’t want to fail to mention that my brother died at 41 ( two months after my surgery) from colon cancer, that the doctor said could have been avoided had he listened to a “quack” that told him to cut out gluten 15 years ago! I lost my best friend and business partner because at that time, my family refused to see the truth and evidence in the “quacks” information that could have saved his life. So in love I will say to people, don’t wait till it’s too late, take responsibility for your own health it’s up to you! There are people who will help you along the way, you won’t be alone! If they keep reading blogs like yours and keep informed they can live a healthy fulfilling life gluten free and beyond!

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  36. Before becoming gluten free, I was always sick to my stomach and had constant headaches. Now I am living well and don’t have to worry where the closest bathroom is all the time. It is great to enjoy life again with constant smiles and energy. An extra bonus is the extra weight is also going a way. Yea to a gluten free life.

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  37. My lifetime stomach issues went away. Skin feels better, migraines went away & I feel great!

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  38. I have Celiac so Going Gluten Free was something I had to do but it has saved my life I feel so much better and am able to do more with my wonderful Grandchildren.

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  39. Gluten free foods have given me so many new and healthy options to add to my diet!

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  40. I love how easy you guys have made being gluten free be! You inspire and create for those of us that can’t. Thank you for giving net my health back and for my villi to regrow!

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  41. Before going Gfree I was having severe hearing issues, fluctuating hearing loss along with vertigo & sound sensitivity! Was diagnosed with Celiac D & went gfree & my ear issues disappeared. If I do get “glutened” my ear issues are the first symptom I have. Gfree is the ONLY way for me.

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