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On Wednesday, I went to see Dr Vivienne Taylor at Ibuki Health in Noosa. Gayle, one of the Security Guards at work had told me about her, and how fantastic she had been, the time that she had spent with her (over 1 hour) and how confident she felt that the Dr could help her back to feeling good again. It's taken a couple of months to get into see her, but I now think the wait was worth it.
She has talked to me about how I feel in lots of detail. Now don't get me wrong - I am not hugely unwell. I'm just not... "right" I think is the correct word.
I yawn and feel tired all day, I go to sleep and don't stay asleep, I feel... well... blah.
We talked at length about my thyroid issues and the Rheumatoid Arthritis, and she linked quite a few things back to those diseases, and then made the connection with the symptoms that I am feeling.
It was amazing...
Anyway, the long and the short of it is that she had a lot of blood tests she wants me to go and have. She also provided me some suupplements to take. (she's a regular GP but looks at life holistically - herbs, supplements, as well as conventional medicine). The next piece of information though was one that I'm only just getting my head around now:
"I believe that you will benefit from being wheat free, or even going so far as to be gluten free".
Whoa! I don't have any problems with wheat or gluten... do I??? Maybe I do.... I feel sluggish, my body doesn't work well, I'm tired... You know - all that STUFF that you feel but nothing you can put your finger on.
I cut soy out of my life a few years ago, and felt much better for doing it. It's now at the stage where I can eat a bit of soy but not too much, and have no reaction. I'm hoping that eventually I'll be able to do that with wheat and gluten, but I don't know.
I was just walking back from the canteen, and thinking that it would be nice to not have the feeling of such tiredness and heavy arms & legs all the time. I'm going to give it a go - I've been doing a bit of research on it, and what I can and can't eat. I don't think it'll be too bad, I know I'll miss bread though. I'm looking forward to eating a lot more basically - fresh veggies & meats, legumes, nuts etc. I'll have to extract my digit and make sure that I get organised, and go to the farmers markets more than I do currently. I'm sure if I get organised I'll be just fine.
Do you have any suggestions? Are you gluten or wheat free??? I would love to hear any suggestions you have!!!