posted on Jun, 25 2012 @ 09:55 PM
I suffered with abdominal pain on and off for several years. Ultra sounds and other tests didn't reveal anything. After dealing with a non-severe
bout of pancreatitis of unknown etiology, the doctor told me that perhaps although my gall bladder wasn't producing gall stones, it was producing
"sludge". Despite visiting a gastroenterologist, I didn't receive a single bit of advice on how to improve my symptoms and prevent recurrences. A
friend at work saw me doubled over with stomach cramps one day and brought in a copy of a diet that she was following. When I say "diet" I'm not
referring to a fad or low cal-low fat-low or low-carb variety. It was an instruction sheet on foods to avoid, and foods to eat in abudance. There
was a cleanse portion which I didn't follow although I did, and still do the 1 day a week juicing cleanse, with Kale, cucumber, carrots, beet and
flax oil. I also eat low-fat cottage cheese, blended well with flax oil twice a week.
I started slowly, first reducing, then totally eliminating wheat products. That was a tough one for me. I introduced spelt flower products, and
ancient grain cereals. Spelt still has gluten but it's in an easier to digest form. From there, I replaced regular pasta with brown rice pasta. I
eliminated all sugars, additives, artificial flavors, preservatives, etc.I eat little or no processed or pre-packaged foods and very little meat,
except for fish. I increased the variety and amount of vegetables I eat during the day, and now only buy organic. The same goes for fruit. The
last thing to go was milk and creams. I found a fabulous butter-alternative, non soy product, that is fantastic! I just found a Soy based coffee
cream (I know, coffee is bad but I can't give that up yet). I can go on and on with the foods that I have discovered and eliminated but the point
is, I feel fantastic!
I have, just this past month, reduced my level of synthetic Thyroid Hormone that I take daily. I feel great, sleep better, have more energy than I
ever have, and I no longer have that wheat-bloated belly. Mentally, I'm sharper, I have fewer headaches and friends tell me my skin looks great and
my eyes are brighter than they've been in years. Yes, I have lost weight, but that wasn't my motivation for changing my life-style. I still have
"regular" food occasionally, but where my diet was 90% processed before, and 10% healthy, it is now reversed.
I buy organic, non GMO when I can. The few times that I have gone back to eating several meals of what I consider unhealthy food, I can feel the
difference and I can't believe that I lived feeling that way for years. I don't know specifically what my body was reacting negatively to, but I
noticed the biggest difference when I eliminated wheat products.
Thanks to the OP for posting this and best of luck to anyone thinking of making this lifestyle change. As with any major change, consult your doctor
first....especially if you have any medical conditions.