Gluten-Free doesn’t have to be complicated.
It can be Simple.
It’s about eating Real, Clean gluten-free foods.
Not processed, packaged gluten-free foods.
It’s about Fresh ingredients.
That’s what gluten-free is all about.
My whole approach to Clean Eating started a few years ago…when my body started reacting negatively to packaged foods.
Like leg swelling with 10 lbs. of water weight at the end of every day.
Like I couldn’t (and still can’t) eat anything out of a package.
Nope, not even a gluten-free cracker.
Not even a simple, little itsy bitsy, teeny weeny cracker.
Not my family.
Not my doctors.
Not my co-workers.
Not Mayo Clinic.
Not even me.
I didn’t know my own body.
I wasn’t sure what was going on.
I constantly went from doctor to doctor and searched on Google everyday to pray, hope and dream that somewhere the answer would be hidden and that someone else was out there with the same symptoms.
But they weren’t.
I was alone.
And no one believed me.
Until they actually did see my swollen legs at the end of the day (every day).
For four years.
I hid the pain with my daily smile and amiable personality and wore lots of spandex and loose fitting clothes.
But in the back of my mind, each day, every day was “Why is this happening?”
I drove myself crazy every night as I laid in bed.
‘What did I do differently today?’
‘What did I eat today that could have caused the swelling?’
At first it was stevia. So, I cut that out.
Then it was all condiments. So, I cut them out.
Then it was everything else. Every food. Every beverage.
I asked myself, ‘Did I stand too much, walk too much or sit too much?’
What was causing the bad swelling certain days and mild swelling other days?
No one knew.
And it was scary.
And frustrating and uncomfortable.
I just wanted to wear a short skirt with a pair of heals or a nice pair of fitted pants.
But I couldn’t.
And I didn’t.
For four years.
Until this month…
And then the swelling stopped.
(I thought I was hallucinating).
Four years of swelling and it just stopped.
You can only imagine the look on my face….
I went out and wore a skirt and a pair of heals.
And it felt so good.
Ya see, back in May I turned to Eastern medicine…
Working with an amazing MD specializing in integrative medicine.
No pills, no drugs, no nothing.
Just simple, pure cleansing vitamins and holistic drops to get my lymphatic system working.
And a process called chelation, which draws the mercury out of my body.
It was mercury accumulation and all heavy metal accumulation — off the charts accumulation.
So, my mercury fillings were removed from my mouth and I started my cleansing process.
My leg swelling just stopped two weeks ago.
And I’m a new woman.
Seriously, I’ve been OUT the past two weekends on a Saturday night in Manhattan.
Still sippin’ seltzers while everyone else sips martini’s but I don’t care.
Alcohol never agreed with my tummy anyway.
Amie is Back.
And after four years of struggling with every doctor all over the country and even ventured out to a week at Mayo Clinic, no one in Western medicine could figure me out.
All it took was a simple flick of the switch to Eastern Medicine.
Where my doctor determined the underlying cause…
I stayed strong; kept on eating clean.
And it was then, just then…I realized how important food has been my entire life and how lucky I am to have grown up in a family that eats clean and healthy.
Because without that, who knows where I would be right now.
Or if my body would have been able to fight for those many, many years of unanswered questions.
I have food to thank.
Because gluten-free is not about the gluten-free cookies and packaged, over-processed foods.
It’s about eating Clean.
Eating fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats.
And that’s exactly what I eat.
And I love it.
It makes me happy.
It keeps my tummy happy.
And in the end, that’s simply all that matters.
There’s a smile on my face.
A big smile.
Because I’m Clean.
I’m a Clean Eater.
And have been for many, many years.
And I’m proud of it.