Hi, I’m Sheri.
I originally started my blog as a personal journal about how I planned to declutter my home, get out of debt and leave a job that was ruining my health and killing my spirit.
After almost two years, I DID IT! I downsized my possessions, found a wonderful job with great benefits, and paid off all my financial debt.
Now I have achieved something that makes me even happier – the resolution of lifelong health issues.
I started the Atkins diet in Spring 2014 and lost 34 lbs. Even better, the chronic acid reflux I’d had for 20 years went away! At first, I thought it was because of the weight loss. But when I started eating wheat again, I would get acid reflux.
After a few more months of being gluten free, my reactions were MUCH worse. If I had occasional accidental gluten exposures I would get very ill for a couple days. Even minor cross-contamination would give me some acid reflux, and happened almost every time I ate away from home. This led me to believe I might have Celiac Disease. This would explain many years of allergies, respiratory/sinus infections, acid reflux, possibly my thyroid disease, and my diagnosis of colon cancer at age 34. At that time, the doctor had told me I was also at high risk of developing esophageal cancer, but they couldn’t determine what was causing the large, recurring colon polyps and severe irritation/inflammation to my whole digestive tract. It affected my respiratory tract as well. 13 years later, they still hadn’t determined the cause of the inflammation. Then my arms and legs started to go numb!
It now looks like gluten was the culprit all along. The treatment for Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance is to eliminate ALL gluten from the diet. To get officially tested, I’d have to eat gluten again for a few months and I really don’t want to do that, so I’m just cutting it from my diet.
I found that gluten-free alone wasn’t enough, so I’m also following the Paleo Diet, which makes me really feel my best. This diet totally makes sense since it eliminates grains, legumes, dairy & preservatives and those are my food intolerances anyway. My allergies to citrus, nuts and chocolate have improved greatly from the diet, and I never get a cold or flu anymore!
I still have some remaining numbness and inflammation and more weight to lose, mostly around my middle. In addition to being gluten free and eating whole foods, I’ve been experimenting with additional protocols like Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) and carb cycling. I think my remaining issues may be due to insulin that still might be too high.