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When I went gluten-free giving up bread was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
I was in my 30’s and had been noticing pain in my knees. Often it was debilitating pain and I couldn’t stand. It would pass and so I thought nothing of it. This went on for more than a year. One day it took longer to pass and it was then that I realized I needed to see a doctor. The pain had gone on long enough.
I remember the day I got the Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis. It was a blow to my physical body. The doctor gave me a consult with a specialist, and they prescribed the proper medication.
I called my mom. She apologized to me because she also had RA. It can be hereditary. I remember how bad my knees and joints felt. Some days my hands hurt so bad I couldn’t hold a pen to sign my name. It also affected my ribs and ability to breathe. One day I was crawling up the steps because I couldn’t walk up them to go to bed. The next day I was inflamed and sat in my chair crying.
Enough was Enough.
I’d read an article about gluten and arthritis, but I didn’t want to believe it. I just didn’t see myself giving up bread. I love bread and all things related to it. Growing up, I lived on sandwiches, cereal, and toast. Surely, I would starve without these foods.
Bagels, muffins, English muffins, cookies, cakes, pies, oh my!
I lived on milk and crackers when my stomach hurt. Cereal for snacks. Pizza for dinner. Grilled cheese sandwiches just about anytime I wanted them. How was I going to be giving up bread?
Well, I just did.
I did it and it was the best thing I could have done for myself. One day I just decided to give up gluten and I did. No more breads and cereals for me.
Little did I know that there are lots of alternatives to that glutenous bread. I began a quest to learn how to bake for myself and boy was it ever fun!
No one who gives up grains has to go without bread any longer. Take it from me, there are so many great options out there for those on the Keto and Paleo eating styles.