Finding a Path Forward

Living with celiac disease is hard. Even when you do everything right, you still don’t feel quite right. It’s almost as if you have a cold that you can’t shake, where you feel a little weary, a little cloudy, a little faded. It’s been over a year since my diagnosis and I’ve never fully lost that feeling.

At the same time, I’m developing more issues.

After confirming I have celiac disease, I developed Reynauds. This means that my hands change colors when they get cold, I can’t seem to get warm once I have a chill, and my feet are cold intolerant. I have a mild form of hidradenitis suppurativa and, recently, I’ve also developed eczema.

Something has got to give… I am looking for my path forward.

I have had many improvements over the past year. Just before COVID, I ran 6 miles without stopping and I recently went on a 50k bike ride. These are not small feats – but I want more.

So, I am going to do more.

I have already been active. That part isn’t changing. I am halfway through BBG’s 12 week challenge and I’ve been biking a few times a week. I’m going to continue these things and add in yoga for good measure, but I’m also doing something else.

I am going VEGAN.

I probably won’t be “full VEGAN” for a while. I had a little yogurt on a potato today in fact – but that is where I am headed. Several years ago, I developed eczema after a very stressful time in my life. Cutting out animal products resolved the problem. My hope is that plant-based living does the trick again and maybe (hopefully) is the final step that helps me regain my vitality.

Fingers crossed!

xoxo, Renee

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