Every story needs a beginning… well this is mine.
Yes, I was in Paris with my husband. Yes, I was having the most romantic time EVER. Yes, we planned this trip 2 weeks before, while we were in Healdsburg, CA sipping wine at our friend’s winery event. Yes, I couldn’t believe I was there… and YES, I couldn’t believe I was feeling sicker and sicker everyday.
By the time the picture on the left was taken I was 38 years old, mother of two and living a happy life in Northern California. I have never been overweight, but I have always tried to eat healthy and stay active … However, now that I look back I realized that I was always dieting, and always fighting those 5 lb. that REALLY loved me and didn’t want to let go of this Venezuelan body. Where I’m trying to go here, is that there were always No-No things for me to eat on a daily basis, like bread, pasta, macaroons, croissants, panini, crepes, but of course I ate them here and there and OF COURSE I was eating those things during our trip like “there was no tomorrow”. By the end of our time in Paris, by day 10, I was feeling and looking like I was 5 months pregnant … I was bloated and very uncomfortable. I was convinced it was all the eating and drinking and the commotion of the blast we were having.
When I got back home, I had my annual check up and this time I decided to ask my doctor for a blood test, just to make sure that everything was ok. On this test, my doctor saw that my levels of iron were pretty low and decided to give me an order to take another test. I need to explain that between test 1 and test 2, two weeks went by, and I was back to my “normal” eating. To my surprise, the results from test #2 came back much better and closer to normal… Interesting! I started doing a lot of research and reading about food intolerances… The good news? I felt I was on the right track and my doctor was very cooperative with all the tests I wanted to get done. The bad news? 95% of them were not covered by my insurance… but I was on a mission. I needed to figure out what the heck was happening with my body. The more I learned, the more I was understanding or I should say suspecting, that all the other things that were happening in my body were related (Unexplainable rashes on the lower parts of my legs, little bumps on my elbows and upper arms, and adult acne! Just lovely!) … To make a long story short, EVERYTHING was coming from my gut! All of those things that I thought were stressed related (acne), pet allergies (cats) and just bad luck (little bumps in my elbows and upper arms) were related to what I later learned: I had Celiac disease.
To say that I was “pissed” is an understatement! I was border-line depressed. I felt that a decision was made for me; that it wasn’t fair, and that I did not deserve it! (pretty much a pettiness show!). “Well, I am going to prove them wrong” I thought; “I am going to eat this Gluten Free crap, and in a couple of weeks I am going to have Pizza AND a beer! Why? Because I want to!” And so I did! I spent two weeks eating chips and guacamole (That wasn’t bad at all) and eliminated everything with gluten in it; plus I bought everything that said GF in it… Two weeks later, and maybe 5-6 lb. heavier, I did as I said: I had A HUGE pizza and TWO beers! I can not put into words how I felt right after and the following day. I seriously thought that I was going to die, right there! In the bathroom! AND I was gonna have to wear Yoga Pants to my own funeral because of the size of my belly!
Thats how I learned that this was real. I was sick. And there were things that I was going to have to learn to live without. Little I knew that it was a Blessing in Disguise!
And that is exactly how, almost 3 years ago, I started this journey of eating the right things… The part about “Eating the Right Amounts, and Eating at the Right Times” came later on, with the help and patient of my Personal Trainer, who not only taught me how to do so, but also was the one who (without him knowing) that pushed me to read and understand more and more about nutrition… to the point that today, I am a certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition.
Welcome to What’s In My Fridge By Gaby!