The name for my blog could perhaps cause some to wonder if I am a bit crazy. However, the name comes from a conversation I had with some friends from South Korea that are living in my city, Lincoln Nebraska. I had not seen them over the summer of 2017. In fact the last time I saw them, I looked like this.
For years, I could not lose weight. I kept bloating up. I would eat sandwiches made with 100% whole wheat thinking that was healthy, which for most people it is but not for someone with Celiacs. I would eat fast food about every other day. A few times I mentioned to my doctor that I didn’t understand why I would gain four pounds after eating 2 slices of pizza and an iced tea with no sugar from Vals to Go.
July 31st, 2017, I received a call from a rheumatologist I had seen with the news. My blood test came back and I had tested positive for Celiacs Disease. Over the summer, I had managed to avoid white flour because I thought I had a form of arthritis and read that white flour causes inflammation, but after my diagnosis for Celiacs, I had to go gluten free meaning ZERO gluten.
It was an adjustment to COMPLETELY change how I eat, but pain is a great motivator. More on that in my next posting.
Well, after being gluten free for a while, I look like this.
You can see the difference in my face. I have lost 50 pounds so far.
So how does that relate to the name of my blog that might make you think I am a bit crazy?
I was having lunch with my friends from Korea in their home.
I SO appreciated that they cooked with gluten free soy sauce, yes regular soy sauce has gluten in it, sadly BEWARE of Sushi.
As we were eating lunch, Jee Hee the wife commented about how different I look since I lost weight. I shared with them that I had to change how I eat because of Celiacs and a positive is that I can lose weight now.
Jee Hee used google translate to find the words Personal Trainer and smiled at me and said, “So Celiacs is your Personal Trainer.”
We all had a good laugh and that stuck with me. Celiacs is no joke, but if we approach it right, there are benefits for our health. For me, a BIG one is finally being able to lose weight. I hope to lose another 50 pounds. I plan to continue learning more about healthy eating for someone with Celiacs. I am no expert, but will share what I learn as I am on this journey.
I am trying to keep the attitude that Celiacs is teaching more me about health and fitness. Not that I will be running in a 5K or anything like that, but feeling better and being more healthy is worth it.