Since I was a teenager, I have suffered from bouts of unexplained rashes, depression, acne, irregular periods, stomach cramps, gas, bloating, arthritis, athlete's foot, and sometimes debilitating joint pain. There have been 2 times in my life when these maladies went away:
1) When I was eating a Dr. Fuhrman diet. I ate this way for 6 months, lost a lot of weight & felt great, but couldn't stick with it because I was always hungry. (I now attribute that to not enough starch in my diet. At the time, I thought maybe I was always hungry because I wasn't eating enough protein/fat...)
2) When I was eating a low carb diet. My stomach problems disappeared, but I was sluggish, unable to lose weight, and all the fat/dairy made my skin break out.
For the past month I've been eating a McDougall diet, and while I've lost some weight, I still haven't rid myself of my other symptoms.
I've always considered that wheat/gluten may be a problem, but I was too busy making other dietary changes to concentrate on eliminating those from my diet too.
Yesterday I made a McDougall-friendly hummus pizza with vegetables on a whole wheat crust. After eating half of the small pizza, my stomach began to gurgle and cramp up. So I started thinking about all the times in my life that this has happened, and it's always after eating wheat flour or drinking beer.
Last night I did my research and discovered that eliminating wheat/gluten from my diet might help me with not just a rumbly stomach, but with ALL the health issues I currently face.
So as of today, I am gluten/wheat free
How did you get to be this way?