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 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.