I have been living gluten-free since April, 2007. For me it all started with training for my first marathon. Long run after long run, I would finish feeling great (or as great as you can after running 12 miles or 14 or 16) only to end up very sick within about an hour of finishing. After consulting with a nutritionist, I tried eating more during runs… gummy bears, gels, goos, granola bars… it helped, sometimes more than others. I successfully finished my marathon, but I knew something wasn’t right.
The summer that followed, my migraines spiraled out of control until in August, I had almost 20 in one month (if you count each day that I experienced a headache as a distinct migraine). I went on preventative medication for the migraines, which helped, but also left me feeling drugged.
Sometime the following spring, I was reading an article online and realized that my symptoms (and things I hadn’t ever recognized as symptoms) fit the profile for celiac disease. With student health insurance that isn’t so great at covering the expense of specialists, I decided to try the gluten-free diet and I have never looked back. My migraines are now infrequent, and I don’t have to take preventative medication, and I have since run a second marathon without getting sick after a single long run.
Maybe someday I will go back to eating gluten long enough to get a diagnosis, but right now I am happy with my decision to be gluten-free.
This site will be dedicated to gluten-free recipes and I promise to keep you posted as I pursue the holy grail of the ultimate gluten-free bread.