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Jennifer Meyers

Condition: IBS, gluten intolerance

Diagnosed Year: 15

Foods I Love:

Chicken
Fish
Turkey
Eggs
Apple
Banana
Berries
Zucchini
Kale
Spinach
Sweet potatoes
Cauliflower
Avocado
Nuts

Foods I Avoid:

Wheat
Bread products
Red meat
Cheese
Milk
Ice cream
Butter
Soy sauce
Chocolate
Soda
Alcohol

My Story

The first reaction I always get when I tell people that I am gluten free is. “Wooow that sucks SO much.” This is because for most people, the thought of giving up all things bread is absolutely horrifying. No burger buns, no pizza, no pasta, no cupcakes, not even a plain slice of white bread for a turkey sandwich. Of course there are gluten-free alternatives, but nothing compares to the real thing. For a long time I reacted the same way, it SUCKED being gluten free, especially because I didn’t have this problem my whole life, so I knew what I was missing.

I developed a gluten intolerance around the age of 15 and immediately went from being an avid orderer of chicken fingers and French fries to a hungry high schooler who cried at the sight of a box of Oreos. It took me a while to come to terms with my new diet, especially since I already knew what true dietary freedom tasted like for years, but oddly enough now (even while I’m watching my friends devour pizza and donuts right in front of my face) I wouldn’t trade my gluten-free diet for anything.

I have IBS. That’s what the doctors decided to call it at least. I suffer from chronic stomach pains that can be so horrible and painful that I can’t walk or sit up. I’ve had blood test after blood test and gone through many medical hoops to try to figure out what’s going on in my tummy, but the only thing that has helped me has been changing my diet. When I took my health into my own hands, I cut out gluten, dairy and soy and now I never get stomachaches (unless I accidentally eat something I’m not supposed to). I feel happy, healthy and energized. I’ve lost weight, gained muscle and now being gluten free is not a hassle, it is a blessing. Once I found cooking, I found true happiness and now I make meals that are colorful, delicious and healing.

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