Can Food Heal Celiac?
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In this article, DISCOVER:
- How Alanna healed her gut naturally
- Her advice to women who are having digestive issues but clueless about what's really going on with their bodies
- Alanna's first step after she found out she had celiac disease
- How she found support and how you can, too
- Alanna's advice to all women with chronic illness
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Please tell us the story of your chronic health issue/s. What were your symptoms?
I had a slew of gastrointestinal symptoms - nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, gas and bloating. I was also super tired all of the time.
Like most people with Celiac disease, it has taken you a long time before you found out. Knowing what you know now, what is your advice to other people who are having digestive issues but still do not have a clear answer as to what's going on with their body?
Having digestive problems can be challenging in so many ways. My first suggestion would be to find a doctor who makes you feel comfortable. And if the first one doesn't work out? That's fine! Keep going until you find someone who makes you feel at ease and who listens. This relationship is so important. I also was very open to alternative healing therapies, and I think finally seeing a naturopath led to my healing. Fixing your gut is hard work and finding a dedicated team of allies is crucial. I would also recommend seeking mental support - whether through an online community or in person or in therapy. Going through a health crisis and not finding answers can make you feel unstable and zaps your trust. It's definitely important to surround yourself with supportive people who will encourage you to keep going until you find an answer. And there is an answer.
And there is an answer. - Alanna Rohan
After you found out, what did you do next? What was your first step?
I did a ton of research online! Unfortunately when I was diagnosed all my doctor did was give me a small pamphlet to review. But having a chronic issues requires you to make major lifestyle changes! Many people were sharing their stories and resources online, and their guidance really helped me. The amount of support I got online inspired me to start my own website to share my story. I wanted to give back to the community that helped me heal.
Could you give us a quick list of foods you incorporate in your diet and the foods you avoid?
I think I have a very sensitive body, and I react pretty strongly to stimulants. I try my very best to avoid too much sugar because it just makes me feel awful. I love coffee, but caffeine is just not for me. My food recommendation is really to find what works best for you by experimenting (and I would recommend working with a nutritionist or naturopath to figure this out). Try different diets and be reflective about how they make you feel. It really is worth the time and effort to get to know what makes your unique machine (your body) work well.
If you could give one piece of advice to all the women with chronic illness, what would it be?
Don't beat yourself up. Treat yourself well and practice a lot of self care. There are silver linings in this process (I actually just wrote an article about the benefits of having celiac disease). Have faith that this process is teaching you something of value. It might not make sense now, but keep going.
Do you have any questions for Alanna? Please post them in the comment section below.
Alanna Rohan is a Long Island, New-York based public health educator helping people take charge of their wellness by building new habits that make them feel happier and healthier. She suffered from undiagnosed celiac disease and other related digestive issues for years, and she wants to share some of the wisdom she has gained through the healing process. She discusses finding healthy resources in the age of information glut, and easy and fun ways to build a healthier mind and body.
Connect with her:
Website: www.alannahealththoughts.com | Instagram
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