I have always been a “full size” person – at least that is what my doctor told me when I was in the throes of puberty. That pretty much stuck with me for life, and it was from there, for the next 25 years, that I struggled with my weight. Pregnancy was a green light to eat whatever I wanted and I gained about 50 pounds with both of my children. Gaining the weight was easy, but taking it off, was not. I felt frustrated, unattractive and “stuck” in an overweight and unhealthy body.
In addition to my extra weight, I also suffered with poor digestion (diarrhea, bloating, cramping), headaches, eczema and acne. Put all of these together and I was not only feeling bad on a regular basis, but also pretty low in the self esteem arena.
As a child I remember going out to dinner was scary, not fun. Every time we would eat out I would quickly find myself in the bathroom because of an upset stomach. I developed a phobia to restaurants because I knew I needed to be by a bathroom at all times.
My eczema developed when I was 21. I had it all over my hands and it was embarrassing and painful. They itched continually and I was miserable.
My headaches averaged once a week. They weren’t migraines, thank goodness, but I did need pain medication and they did interrupt my life.
In addition to my health concerns, my children also have health issues. My daughter has Type I Diabetes (an autoimmune disease that destroys insulin producing cells), and my son has Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disease to gluten that destroys the intestine). Because their immune systems are compromised, a healthy diet is extremely important for them too. Diabetes can lead to heart disease and not following a gluten free diet can lead to intestinal cancer.