Gluten Free and Never Going Back

I was diagnosed in my teens with psoriasis but it took 10 years to finally get diagnosed with the arthritis part. I teach yoga part time so I’ve always been more into natural than conventional western medicine but I know that with this kind of thing you really don’t want to play around. Especially since teaching is income for me I need to make sure my joints stay as healthy as they can. So I am on medication right now which has helped. But while I’ve always eating healthfully (I’m a vegetarian) I recently decided to try going gluten free. My younger sister went gluten free and found that she had a lot more energy and just felt better overall. So, I thought why not I’ll try it.
For me it was harder than going vegetarian – I really love baking so I had to make some adjustments with that. But there are a ton of recipes on line and lots of resources. I also read “Grain Brain” and “Wheat Belly” which I thought were really good books and helped explain a lot for me. It took about 2-3 months before I really felt an improvement – I wasn’t as achy as usual and my fatigue was definitely improved. And now, when I do have a flare up (like if I miss my medication or I’m under a lot of stress which is a big trigger for me) – the flare ups are not as bad. But I notice that if I fall off of the wagon my symptoms immediately return. It’s like it’s much quicker to get worse again if that makes sense.
Anyway, I know that going gluten free and vegetarian won’t cure it but it has helped me feel better overall. It can be a pain when I eat out, but for me it’s worth it.

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