Bread. Headaches.

Bread. We all love it, but for most of us, it doesn’t love us and we don’t even realize it. There are lots of varied explanations for this that someone else can go into (Grain Brain & Grain Maker by David Perlmutter, Wheat Belly by William Davis as well as many others), but I want to share with you a little story.

Since I was 10 years old I have had seasonal cluster/migraine headaches. They come on really fast and there is no way to prepare for the onset as I wake up in the middle of the night writhing in pain. It is so aweful that I am afraid to go to bed at night! I’ve consulted with a variety of doctors and specialists and they can diagnose me and offer prescription drugs, but there has never been anyone that has offered preventative measures. I have been able to manage these headaches and eventually get off the prescription drugs as whatever it is in my environment that triggers the headaches subsides. I have tried lots of different things while managing with headache medications: chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, all of which seem to contribute to my getting back on my feet. Eventually, the headaches run their course and I go back to “normal” life.  During the last round of headaches, I decided to see a naturopath (the same one that Ryan has been seeing over the years).  She did some bloodwork and asked me to commit to going off all grains for three months. Now I’ve gone off of gluten, but ALL grains (rice, corn, wheat, teff)? It was a lot to ask, but I committed to taking on this challenge. And I failed. One day in particular, I remember that I made some homemade pesto and I was ready to enjoy some gluten free pasta with this yummy pesto. This gluten free pasta was made from rice, corn and soy. Ten minutes after my meal, I was writhing in pain. That is when I decided to take this challenge of  going off all grains seriously. I committed and I was able to do it for a few months (and then we went on vacation and I broke the chain, but I have jumped right back on as soon as we got home). I truly believe that eating grains triggers my headaches. It’s like there are toxins that directly link to my brain and the headaches ensue. I think for most of the year, I can process these toxins, but when there is a higher level of stress in my life and/or there is a ton of pollen or molds in the air, my body just cannot handle processing all that I am throwing at it and subsequently reacts with the worst headaches ever. I’m sure that there are more technical terms for what is happening in my body and my head, but this is what I believe and it has helped me to resolve going off grains. There is one side effect of this “prescription” . . . I have slimmed down quite a bit which is a side effect that I think most people can live with (:

All of this to say . . . there are preventative solutions to health problems. We simply have to be willing to feed out bodies well. And eating well is different for everyone, as I am learning (as Ryan learns in his IIN courses, I also learn – one of the many benefits of being this man’s partner and wife!).

My next post will be about my experimentation with grain free bread recipes. Yes, I have been baking and I have pictures to prove it!




Alive and kickin’

Thank you to all of you who have been faithful followers!  We have not had a personal post (althought we have shared articles on facebook from time to time), for quite a while.  My hope is to post more regularly to allow you to share in our random wanderings to wellness!

Ryan and I have been on our journey to wellness over the past few years.  As we wander toward wellness, we have taken this journey together and at the same time have had separate paths.

The current state of affairs:

Ryan continues to work in the software industry, but has also taken a step toward pursuing something more.  He enrolled in with Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)  in March to become a health coach. He has been learning and listening and studying all that goes into becoming a health coach.  The information that he is learning is invaluable and I cannot wait for him to begin sharing some of this information with all of you in the coming months.

I had been working part-time, but this spring I (with the love and support of my husband) decided that it was time to focus on our family more fully and recommit to helping all of us step into a healthier and more balanced life (at least this is my hope). I am also teaching yoga and meditation at our local YMCA and I continue to teach yoga and kids yoga at Hot Yoga Experience. At this point in time, I feel really blessed to be able to spend time carting kids to various activities, forcing them to go on hikes with me and doing all that I can to build a good foundation in my relationship with our children.

There is more that we will share with you over time . . . but I think this is sufficient for now.

Life is a roller coaster.

Day at Disneyland - June 2016.

Day at Disneyland – June 2016.

I am grateful to share our experiences with you!

Sincerely – Maribeth