WHY I ATE THIS DOUGHNUT

This right here is the delicious baked gluten/dairy free doughnut I ate today with my dairy free iced coffee. Nowadays, I actively seek out these special options in cafes and restaurants. Over the past few months, I've become more educated of what I should and shouldn't eat. Foods like rice, meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, quinoa, and certain baked goods made with gluten free flour like this doughnut are perfect! Also, soy, coconut and almond milk are great alternatives. I am so happy that the world is becoming aware of gluten/dairy sensitivities and are providing options for people like me!

So why do I go out of my way to eat by these guidelines? And why should you consider it? Keep reading :)


So I'll start off by sharing some of my story.

I am not exactly gluten/dairy free by choice. I have been intolerant of both for my whole life but I recently discovered that they were the root of my problems.

You see, growing up I never thought that I could change my situation. Instead, I assumed it was hereditary. My grandpa, my dad, and myself always had "sensitivities to certain foods" but we had no idea what the real problem was. I figured it just ran in the family and I was doomed for life.

Neither my father, or grandfather ever questioned it either. They just thought they had to live with feeling bad after they ate. They learned to just plan on feeling sick basically every time they had a meal.

Luckily, my generation is rising up to become more health conscious of gluten/dairy than the generations before them. In fact, it is almost becoming a trend. Now I truly see why it has changed so many people's lives though, because it changed mine.

Believe it or not, I used to think feeling sick was normal but now I rarely feel bad (unless I cheat and get mad at myself afterwards lol). Gluten and dairy were the source of my problems all along.

When I first began to question it, I consulted various specialists to find out what was wrong. Eventually they diagonsed me with ibs (most likely inherited) and endometriosis. I was put on multiple medicines...yada yada..you know the doctor drill.

Sadly, I do believe that I will have both of those illnesses for life but now I know for sure that cutting out dairy and gluten helps calm my symptoms for both! I barely notice them anymore. It really is amazing and now I am a huge advocate for gluten/dairy free living. Yes the medicine has helped me, but I prefer to use natural healing (I will post another blog soon about some more of the natural health remedies I use).

I recommend that everyone try this diet for a least a couple of weeks just to see if they feel better because you never know, it could really help you too. Not to mention, it helps me resist most carbs (like regular doughnuts for example haha) and other foods that I shouldn't be eating because I know I'll regret it later. I even lost 5 pounds right away when I stopped eating dairy and gluten. You can't go wrong with that!

Lastly, there have been times when I have felt really down about my health sensitivities. Sometimes it is hard to understand why God allows us to have these weaknesses in our bodies but I've learned that it is all a matter of perspective. Maybe the fact that I am limited by what I can eat is actually a tool to help me live a healthier life and stay accountable to myself. Maybe God is helping me become stronger when facing poor food choices by not even giving me the option to eat it without regretting later! How cool is that? :)


It is ironic that this has been my favorite Bible verse since I was a little girl, "But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness'. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me". (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

When we are weak, He is strong. Any health issue you may be facing is not too big for Him. Just have faith and know that He has a good plan for you. 

I hope this encouraged you in some way and if have any questions about my story or if you want to share your own health journey email me or comment below.

Please share any gluten/dairy free tips too, if you have some! 

Always Love,

Darcy

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