manipura out of whack.
I finally did it yesterday. I stood up for my health. I played cheer-leader to my GI tract. I became an advocate for myself.
I went gluten-free.
My body has been telling me for years that eating wheat is making me sick. My belly hurt. My head hurt. My joints hurt, but alas I plugged on with denial and fear of wasting the wheat-laden foods to the trash can. So I ridded my pantry and refrigerator with the offensive items; giving some items to friends and returning the rest to the market for store credit. I shopped thoughtfully. I filled my cart with fruits, veggies, gluten-free soups and nuts. I had a wee cry when I walked down the flour isle - goodbye baking. Goodbye delicious breads. Goodbye summer beers. Tear. Sniffle.
Then I educated myself. I found recipes (that actually taste good) for flour and baking. There are GF beers. I can still eat bacon. And cheese! I realized that although I may be a pain in the butt at a restaurant, I will be pain free.
And I am. After one day. My body is already responding to a genetic problem my Mom is still apologizing for. She has it too.
Bottom line: listen to your body. Even if it seems silly. Be an advocate for yourself.