I remember the first time I heard of gluten free recipes, I wondered about this new "fad diet". I had never heard of anything being gluten free before a couple of years ago and suddenly it seemed I was seeing gluten free foods everywhere.
I quickly learned that it wasn't a fad diet, that many people are intolerant to gluten, and if they eat foods that contain gluten, it can make them feel very sick.
I thought all this was interesting, but it had very little to do with me. Or so I thought.
Fast forward a couple of months and we noticed our oldest daughter was complaining of severe stomach pain after almost every meal. We wondered if it was stress, but it seemed to be only after eating. We tried eliminating dairy, thinking it might me a lactose intolerance, but that didn't help.
Finally, after research that she did herself, she decided to try eliminating gluten entirely from her diet. Slowly, we noticed a change. She was no longer miserable after meals. She had more energy and didn't always feel sick.
We weren't altogether sure gluten was the entire source of her problems until one day when she accidentally ate something that included gluten. She felt that same old heavy, nauseous, crampy feeling that drained all of her energy.
That was enough to convince her that it was worth the effort to be gluten free. It has been over a year of gluten free eating for her and she hasn't looked back.
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