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After thirty three years of a self indulgent relationship with food, my life hit rock bottom and took an unexpected turn, for what momentarily seems to be the worst. As spontaneous and adventurous as I am, I decided to challenge myself and make my already horrid situation, even worse. Or, as you will come to see, surprisingly better.

To start, when I say self indulgent, I mean I allowed myself to have whatever delicious and comforting food I wanted, whenever I wanted. This was never anywhere close to an eating disorder, but I most certainly had a seductive sweet tooth and I definitely experienced emotional eating. A bowl of ice cream always made a bad day turn good, despite my lactose intolerance issue.

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Going to admit, the sugar free/carb free (Medically from other AI issues I can not have them) I had to do was a pain. I turned to stuff that does not bother me and I should not have like Xylitol and Erithriyol, along with a mix of stevia and monk fruit extract. Been mixing things up with flavor extracts to simulate things. I know I should drop cold turkey, but they taste so good and life is stressful and predictably short for me. -_- I eat desert with every meal, and eat large amounts of sugar free/dairy free homemade icecream with protein powder for meals at least once a day. On days I do not make my own I found a company called winkdeserts that makes sugar free dairy free ice cream I can throw in a blender with a bit of almond milk and 2 scoops of vegan protein powder and have along side a salad with nuts seeds and nutritional yeast for a well rounded meal with a desert milk shake I do not have to feel guilty about or worry about my carb/sugar intake.  https://winkfrozendesserts.com/collections/wink-frozen-desserts-pints

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Nice and happy "feel good" story but this is a old article from 2013.  The author is a behavioral therapist (in her third year of getting her BA in Psychology hology....gee she most likely just finished her general ed courses and maybe took Psych 101),  was never tested for celiac disease, but made a choice to go gluten free and sugar free.  Gee, I am going to follow her advice for sure!  ?

Celiac experts urge people to get tested for Celiac disease prior to going gluten free.  All current celiac disease testing requires a person to be on a gluten diet.  Going back in a gluten diet to get tested is very hard (no wonder it is called a "challenge").  Once celiac disease has been ruled out, then consider trying the gluten free diet.  Researchers do think Non-celiac Gluten Intolerance exists, but they can not test for it.  

The reality is not everyone has a great PCP or GI who is on top of their game.  Not everyone has medical access (timely).  Not everyone has the resources.  I get that.  But, if possible, opt for ruling out celiac disease, before attempting the diet.  If you are going to play doctor, you better do the research and make an informed decision.  

 

 

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