It’s okay to be in a funk!

Funk.

I. Am. In. A. Funk.

I’ve  been traveling a lot lately and I think it is starting to take a toll on my body. There is this funky feeling I haven’t had for quite some time now and I don’t know exactly how to put my finger on it.

I just feel off. Not on my A game.

Am I worried something might be going on with my body? Absolutely.

Do I think it’s probably a combination of stress, anxiety, traveling, how busy I’ve been and just generally trying to keep my head above water? Yes.

If you are reading my blog, you know all about feeling “off.” That feeling you get when something isn’t right and you aren’t quite sure if it was the food you ate, how you are sleeping or something internal. Ever since I was diagnosed with celiac disease and endometriosis, I think I am much more in tune to my body than every before. I pick up on patterns now and realize things much faster than before. But even now, I still get stumped by things.

My weight keeps on increasing despite attempts to get back on the fitness program. I know I’ve been snacking more lately and drinking alcohol more than normal but not to the point of where my weight is now. I recommitted to myself 4 days ago and am on the right track. I’m motivated and ready to go. So, then why have I had a migraine for 3 days? It’s like there is always something to get in the way lately and I haven’t been in the mood to push through it.

Sometimes I am hard on myself. I’m in the fitness industry, I own a gym and I write fitness articles so I assume I should look the part. But, on the flip side, I have a few chronic diseases that people can’t see which control my body in more ways than one. It’s frustrating. I’m frustrated. Actually, my therapist last year said that “frustrated” is just a nicer word for anger. Which is true, I am mad at myself and my body today.

I think it’s important to share my feelings on good days and bad days for all of you to know I’m not perfect (as much as I’d like to think I am though lol). I go through those periods where it just seems like everything goes wrong and you just want to watch TV all day. I’m trying now to pull myself out of it and it’s tough but I can do it. Last night the last thing I wanted to do with a headache was do a workout, so instead I took the dog for a walk. He enjoyed it and his happy tail wagging helped me with my mood. Aaron even came out with us last night and did a tour of the neighborhood. It was nice.

I’ll get through this! I know I will. I want you to know you will too. If you feel like you’re in a funk and just can’t get out of it, that’s okay.

Sometimes, we just need to hit the restart button.

I have a ton of stuff going on in my personal life that I can’t talk about publicly yet (all good stuff!) but they are major life changes (no I’m not pregnant) and have consumed a lot of my time and life the last few months. I need to pay attention to everything wonderful in my life and just keep treading water until things get better!

Your Top 6 Questions about Gluten Free and Celiac Disease Answered!

Your Top 6 Questions about Gluten Free and Celiac Disease Answered!

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6 questions I answer –

1. Do I really need to replace all my items?

2. Do I really need gluten-free beauty products?

3. What do I do when I find myself craving gluten filled foods?

4. How do I deal/cope with the frustrations of celiac disease?

5. Are those digestive enzymes like GlutenCutter safe for me?

6. How do I take control of my weight after going gluten-free?

47 Gluten Poisoning Symptoms

47 Symptoms of Gluten Poisoning
47 Symptoms of Gluten Poisoning

We’ve all been there and done that… The unfortunate incident when you accidentally consumed gluten and now are suffering the consequences. It’s a horrible experience for most of us, especially if you are very sensitive to gluten and have celiac disease.

But, your celiac is not my celiac and we all respond differently. I’ve noticed I don’t respond the same to malt as I do to wheat. Sometimes I get diarrhea and sometimes my joints swell instantly. It seems I never know what I’m going to get when I accidentally eat gluten. Needless to say, just because I blog about it, speak about it and educate about it – it doesn’t make me immune from it! It happens to the best of us. We let our guard down for just one minute or allow assumptions to rule our decisions and it happens. For me, it doesn’t happen too often, but it still gets me!

If you are looking for help after the fact. I did a blog post on recovery tips that my readers came up with also on Facebook!

So, I took a poll on Facebook and asked my readers what symptoms they experience when they accidentally consume gluten.

Here is a huge list of 47 poisoning symptoms they suffer from after consuming gluten.

  1. Extreme fatigue
  2. Joint pain
  3. Swelling
  4. Bloating
  5. Clothes don’t fit
  6. Abdominal pain
  7. Extreme thirst
  8. Brain fog
  9. Gas
  10. Irritability
  11. Flu-like symptoms
  12. Skin rashes
  13. Nausea
  14. Heartburn
  15. Vomiting
  16. Intestinal cramping/severe urges
  17. Heart attack feeling
  18. Dizziness
  19. Anxiety
  20. Restlessness
  21. Ringing in ears
  22. Vertigo
  23. Heart palpitations/irregular heart beat
  24. Extremely emotional
  25. Joint pain in fingers similar to carpal tunnel
  26. Concentration problems
  27. Sweating/Cold Sweats
  28. Depression
  29. Gums ache
  30. Weight gain
  31. Eczema
  32. Pimples
  33. Aggrevates other symptoms from other diseases like arthritis or PCOS
  34. Mouth Sores including canker sores
  35. Puffiness in the face
  36. PMS symptoms
  37. Cravings for more gluten filled foods
  38. Dermatitis Herpetiformis outbreak
  39. Sinus pain and running nose
  40. Migraines
  41. Swollen ankles (edema)
  42. Shortness of breath
  43. Numbness in limbs, tingly sensations
  44. Acid Reflux
  45. Constipation
  46. Raging Anger and Severe Mood swings
  47. Swollen tongue

For me, I typically get joint pain and swelling along with bloating immediately after eating gluten. Then my stomach starts to hurt, a painful hurt and I can feel a headache slowly coming on, almost like torture.

Most people mentioned the symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. It isn’t an easy fix. It’s quite a different experience for me than when I have lactose. That just puts me in the restroom and then I’m fine. The other symptoms don’t come along with it like gluten poisoning. So, it’s up to you to figure out what affects you the most and what to really avoid. For those of us with celiac disease, we don’t have a choice, we must avoid gluten at all costs.

Migraines and Celiac Disease – Is there a link?

migraines
Migraines and Celiac Disease

I don’t know if you’ve ever been stricken by a migraine but it’s probably one of the absolute worst things your body can do to you. For me the pain starts creeping up my neck and into my temples. I can feel it from the start working its way up into my brain, just waiting for the debilitating pain in a few hours.

Then my vision gets blurred and my head starts to officially pound. I can feel my veins throbbing in my head and neck. Any amount of light makes me nauseous and hurts eyes and my head even more. I’m fortunate that mine usually last about a day, but that day knocks me out for good. I don’t want to see, talk to or hear from anyone. It’s a time of solitude in my bedroom, in the dark.

I don’t get migraines that often but I do get them when I have gluten, which for me is one of the signs I’ve been poisoned. Sometimes I get them around my menstrual cycle but since I had my endometriosis surgery, they haven’t been around like before.

A new study was published in the Headache journal by Dr. Peter Green with new information on not only celiac disease but irritable bowel diseases and their connection to migraines as well. Here’s what they found…

The study included 502 people, 188 with celiac disease, 111 with inflammatory bowel disease, 25 with gluten sensitivity, and 178 who didn’t have any of the conditions. The researchers included clinical, demographic, and dietary information on the people in their survey, as well as questions about headache type and frequency.

Results show that chronic headaches were reported by 30% of the people with celiac disease, 56% of those who were gluten sensitive, 23% of those with inflammatory bowel disease, and 14% of those without the conditions.

The results show an even higher incident of chronic headaches with people who have gluten sensitivity over celiac disease. My biggest question with the results of this study is wondering if those 56% of people with gluten sensitivity continued to eat small amounts of gluten and that could be cause for the high number. At first I wondered about the low celiac disease number, but probably most of those people have tried to completely eliminate gluten from their diets thus resulting in less side effect symptoms like migraines.

Obviously, this was a small study group but the numbers are pretty high for people with bowel diseases and headaches. I think more people need to look into why they get migraines because usually there is a larger issue at hand causing them and taking an ibuprofen is just a band aid on a gaping wound that needs stitches.

My cousin had debilitating headaches until she stopped consuming artificial sweeteners like aspartame and MSG. There was a much larger issue for her causing these problems. The food she consumed affected her ability to function and now with that knowledge she has them way less, if at all anymore. Natural sweeteners such as Stevia are available online from vendors such as Wal-Mart and Swanson Vitamins.

We just need another reminder to stop and think if something is happening repeatedly, out of the norm, our bodies need a check to make sure that there isn’t a larger issue. Migraines and celiac disease are a very real connection but they are also a connection to so many other things!