Monday, March 21, 2016

The Day a 3lb Bag of Spaghetti Noodles Felt Like a Ton of Bricks

I already knew I had a problem. I had been steadily losing weight without trying ever since my 10 month old baby was born, even though I was eating constantly. I was chronically fatigued (much more than the normal “I have three little boys to chase after” kind of tired), I felt sick after almost every meal I ate, I had sugar and carb cravings like crazy, migraines, imbalance issues, insomnia while at the same time never feeling rested no matter how much I slept, and fifty bazillion other health concerns. Like major memory problems. Like, I seriously could not remember my youngest child’s name for a couple of minutes kind of memory problems. But the worst part was that I had suddenly developed severe food allergies to things I have eaten all of my life. I could no longer eat mushrooms. I could no longer kiss my husband after he had eaten mushrooms. I was developing reactions so quickly to so many different foods that I was terrified to eat anything for fear of my throat closing up.

Several friends told me that the symptoms I was experiencing sounded a lot like gluten intolerance, so I tried going gluten-free. And I felt better. Sort of. Two weeks of gluten-free eating and I was much less foggy-brained. I woke up feeling rested for the first time in forever. I actually had energy. I could eat without feeling sick. But, I was also in intense pain. My whole body ached severely like I had the flu. I did some googling and read that sometimes you can feel like that for a few days or even a week after starting a gluten-free diet. But this was more than a few days. And although I had more energy, I was simultaneously extremely weak.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Meet the Author: Sarah Floyd

In my last post I reviewed Finding Joy, a novel by Sarah Floyd. Sarah graciously allowed me to interview her, and today I get to share her answers with you!

1) Tell us a little about your background and your sweet family.

I was born near Los Angeles, California, but I spent most of my childhood in west Texas and north Georgia. I consider my hometown to be Ellijay, Georgia; it's in the mountains north of Atlanta. I went to a combination of public school, Christian school, and homeschool. I was blessed to be raised in a Christian family, and my parents and one younger sister now live in Tennessee. I attended FreedHardeman University and completed Study Abroad programs in Europe and Mexico. I worked as a high school Spanish teacher in Tennessee after college. I married my husband Jason in 2010, and just a few months afterward, we traveled to South Korea for a year to teach English. We moved to New England in 2013, much to my excitement, because I have been fascinated by Vermont since I was a little girl. Our son Nathan was born in September 2014. I am now experiencing the biggest adventure of my life - being a stay-at-home- mommy!