I'm a 50 year old female Canadian, I have not been diagnosed as celiac or coeliac as you say in the UK with a gluten sensitivity officially. I recently began eliminating gluten on account it is recommended as a helpful guideline for endometriosis sufferers. And I know it works. I tried this once before about 14 years ago but it was much more difficult to follow back then as items weren't as readily available as they are today. I noticed then a lot less inflammation and since I seem to be getting nowhere with the medical community for help with my pain and because I am intolerant of artificial hormones and pain killers don't mask my pain I'm choosing the only options I have the power to follow.
I have also recently been told I have to lower my triglycerides and cholesterol levels as well and because my exercise has been reduced due to pain, lowering my body fat by way of eating right will also help.
I have also chose to eliminate meat due to the likelihood of added steroids or antibiotics, eggs because they may contain the chemical residue of dioxin, fats because they stimulate inflammation, caffeine because it may increase estrogen levels, refined sugar and honey I've replaced with Xylitol because artificial sweeteners are so bad for you and in me they cause depression due to the phenylalanine. Plus they just makes you feel hungrier. And none of them are pleasant tasting including stevia. This is much less noticable as an alternative in the decaf coffee I refuse to give up, as it is one of the few enjoyments I have left.
This is not how I want to live my life. I am sorry to say, I know the politically correct me is supposed to say only positive things about this lifestyle change but I enjoy a slab of ribs covered in BBQ sauce from the grill. I love theater popcorn, I know these things do my body no good and can stimulate sites of endometriosis , increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels but food is a passion for me and tofu really turns me off. As a wife and mother it has been my calling card to serve delicious meals to keep the family happy I'm still preparing my husbands meals that I can't eat and sitting beside him at the movies while he enjoys the popcorn, it seems unfair that I get to satisfy my quest for crunchies with carrots and celery when what I really want are nachos with melted cheese or potatoe chips.
Is life really worth living without the foods that I have grown accustomed to my entire life. It is practically the only remaining friend I have left after having no career outside of the home due to endometriosis. My husband works away from home, my son has found a girl there in the UK and is living there and getting married next year, luckily i still have my daughter at home whom is also following the gluten free diet as she suffers horrendous gastrointestinal pain. So she's helping me with some inventive new recipes but honestly I'm just not happy with the cost of these foods and I get stuck in a rut due to all the other eliminations I've had to make.
I'm sorry for venting but surely I am not alone!?