Welp… looks like I’m going gluten free.
No bandwagon jumping here, unfortunately. I wish! I have psoriasis patches on my hands and feet that crack deeply and painfully.
See, the last two nights, I’ve stayed awake most of the night because my hands and heels were in such pain. And then, when getting my children dressed for the day yesterday, the Stinkerrelly had to help Stinker Bell dress because I just couldn’t do it. I sat there and cried in pain as a looked at my bleeding hands and then watched my little 5-yr-old child act like a man.
SN: His compassion is really showing through lately, and I could not be more proud of the man he seems to be becoming. I am so incredibly overwhelmed by my love for him! But I digress…
If you’ve been following our master bath reno on facebook or instagram (links to the left), you’ll know that we’ve done almost all the work ourselves. It has truly been torture dealing with dusty, dirty stone and concrete products that all suck the moisture out of your skin. And, because we worked on the bathroom one day here, another day there … a weekend there … every time my hands were getting better, it was time to use them again.
As a girl who likes to get her hands dirty and stay active, this has been a major problem.
The cracks on my feet hurt so bad, I limp; which makes my back and neck hurt… which makes me feel old. Working out is difficult because I definitely can’t lift weights … or touch any of the equipment, for that matter. I mean, how gross is it to put open wounds on gym equipment?! BLEAH!!
I have not gone to the doctor because I know the culprit and choose to not take immune-suppressing drugs — I have enough trouble staying healthy!
I have tried topical options — including expensive lotions and creams, and pure oils directly on my skin every 10-15 minutes; which really helped, but I had to stay home to apply so often. And don’t even mention cooking dinner!
I have tried adding specific oils — including pure essential oils — to my daily regimen. They seem to help, but as the weather changes and I cannot live in the sun, the effects fade quickly.
So here goes the diet change.
I’m already (mostly) dairy-free, as I am both allergic to milk and lactose intolerant. Which is so stinkin hard when you are a girl who truly believes that a good cold glass of whole milk makes everything better. SO hard!! But I’ve done it. And I’m usually OK with it.
Now wheat/gluten… that’s going to be tough. Especially since the hubs actually MAKES bread goods to sell! I think it’s time for a collective “OY”.
So the hubs has been put on notice: I am commissioning (read: requiring) him to create some GF formulas. Who knows. This could be the beginning of an amazing source of income! But for now, this is about my own quality of life.
So, this is my newest journey.
My biggest hurdle — and the reason I’ve avoided this change for so long — is we’re foodies around here. Just the idea of going gluten free is already harshing my foodie buzz. 😦
Of course, I plan to share it with you all.
In the meantime, how many of you out there in Readerville are GF?
Do you have any advice or tips and tricks? I am definitely open to suggestion!
I’m not looking forward to this, but I feel I have no other option.
Here goes nothin.
Wish me luck!!