So its been about a year now that Jill and I were first diagnosed with Celiacs Disease. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year and how different I feel (and even look). There are noticeable changes that have been mostly positive and have (mostly) trump the daily hassles of living Gluten Free. Not even just Gluten Free — having Celiacs takes it a step further — cross contamination creates all sorts of road blocks in my diet and social life for that matter. But don’t want to get all negative on you. That is way too easy!
I’m here to tell you how I recovered. And went from have more bad days than good — too “omg I didn’t know a person could feel this vibrant!” So I am embracing my disease and all its horribleness and glory. Because without that diagnoses I would not be what I have become today — which is someone I really like!
Here are some simple changes that really helped:
Create a morning routine
Every morning, I have a glass of water with Lemon. Instead of coffee to help go to the bathroom in the morning, another option is to have a glass of water (hot or cold) with half of a lemon squeezed into it. This will alkalize your body, re-hydrate you, and it helps with elimination. It also helps the liver to get rid of toxins, so this is a great way to start the day. When I first went GF I would harsh foods/drinks like coffee, were too overwhelming to my already overwhelmed system.
Move around, get creative, and embrace your spirit!
So for my last birthday, I had been Gluten Free for about 4 months and was still feeling miserable most days. An old Ayurvedic friend of mine who also has a GI disorder (Ulcerative Colitis) had come back into my life. (No I don’t believe in accidents or coincidence). Told me to really feel better you need to open you heart up to spirituality, creativity, and more importantly exercise!!!
So I started to do Yoga again. I started off with a local donation class to get me back into the rhythm of the practice, and now I can’t go a couple of days without it. It truly feeds my heart, body, mind and soul. You don’t have to be a Yogi to feed those areas of yourself. Find what gets you moving, excited and thinking outside of physical self. Like creating a small garden to tend too — nature in itself is filled with spiritual essence.
Re-mix your life to become the harmonious, and a divine being you were originally designed to be!