A few months ago a friend of a friend overheard me talking about the book Sex at Dawn.
|Hi. You may think I am a nut...but I'm not!|
Shortly thereafter, another friend was praising the Paleo Diet, saying she has never felt better now that she has cut all the engineered stuff out of her diet. My interest was peaked again so I started to research this Paleo Diet. And..whoaa..turns out there is a whole Paleo lifestyle which includes an exercise "cult" called Cross Fit. So this is pretty cool now....a back to the basics diet paired with a fitness regime that...you guessed it....focuses on moves from back in the day (the paleolithic day I'm talking about). Squats, rings, rope climbing, pushing, pulling....all bundled into a WOD (Workout of the Day) that is posted on the website. Wait...this is just to perfect!! Check out this funny video about it... really.
Not for nothing though.....I probably lost a few pounds due to cutting out a lot of carbs during that time but I really didn't feel any better....I actually felt pretty drained and ucky. I guess I just need my carbs and grains.
Turns out he has Celiac Disease. For those who aren't in the know, Celiac is an autoimmune disease in which the body destroys the villi in the small intestine in order to protect itself from gluten which is perceived to be a foreign substance. With little to no villi, the small intestines are unable to absorb the nutrients we need to survive. Why does this happen? Well....maybe because for some of us...our bodies just haven't evolved enough to handle engineered food.
Although the main symptom of Celiac Disease was once thought to be gastrointestinal, they now know that is shows up in all forms, one of which is short stature. Hopefully within a few months the one who is little will be a bit bigger....maybe I will finally be able to pass on his 2T clothes to his 2 year old cousin who is probably taller than he is.
Treatment? Easy...remove gluten from the diet. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye which means no bread, no pasta, no cake, no cookies...well you get the picture....no bagels. Luckily going gluten free seems to be a trend these days, and the options are endless. This does make things easier for the little guy and for us. But it does take some foresight and planning...no more quick drive thrus or stopping at random pizza places for a pie on the way home. Not that we did either of those things often...but not having it as an option anymore kind of stinks.
The only thing he is asked of me throughout this whole thing is that I go gluten free with him.