HELLO and WELCOME!
Thank you for visiting the GoGlutenFreeGracefully.com blog site. I’ve created this page for you. After struggling for three years following diagnosis with the trial and errors of transitioning to a gluten free life, I realized that my struggles were a story that needed to be shared with others who may feel trapped or isolated in their own daily battles with gluten intolerance. Ten years of gluten free living has shifted my mindset from ‘having celiac disease’ to ‘releasing the gluten that has kept me from optimal health’. I am free of gluten and I hope you are too…or well on your way to becoming.
My name is Jill Anne Molchan
I am proud to say that I am a gluten free FOODIE. I love food. I love that food is one of the only things that we all have in common. I love the memories that the smell of a slow cooked meal can conjure up. I love planning tonight’s dinner before I’ve even had the chance to have breakfast. I love to watch cooking shows while I’m exercising. I love to welcome friends into my kitchen, which is the focal point of my house. I love the feeling of a warm belly after eating, and choosing my sweet treat carefully to compliment my meal. I love that food brings us together. I love that food brought us together. Does gluten intolerance have to sever our relationship with food? Absolutely not. It can only enhance our experience.
My journey with celiac began 10 years ago, after receiving my Exercise Physiology degree from the University of Utah. Age, stress and genetics caught up with me all at once and I felt like a prisoner in my own body. Everything came to a head at once, and I couldn’t find a doctor to come to a proper diagnosis. Hives would cover my body before bed, so I was prescribed an anti-histamine. Boils grew on my back, so large that I couldn’t sleep on my back for 2 years. I was prescribed an antibiotic. Constipation would strike for weeks on end, so I was prescribed massive doses of Vitamin C to produce diarrhea, then weekly home enemas. I developed an auto-immune disorder called iritis, usually found in patients with lupus which feels like smashing glass every time your eyes hit light. For two months, I dilated my pupils every night and used steroid drops. My stomach became so dis-tented and swollen that you could knock on my abdomen. I gained 20 pounds on my 5 foot frame and no amount of exercise could help my cause. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and depression. My daily activities became more of a fatiguing hassle than a joy, and I felt like my lust for life was fading. My eyes became crusty and puffy, not just in the morning, but all day long. The headaches were becoming commonplace. My skin was patchy and red. As if this wasn’t paralyzing enough for a typical 24 year old, I was forced to hold my head high at work in the health and fitness industry, wondering if this was life’s way of challenging everything I had learned about the human body and proper lifestyle techniques. Medications weren’t helping and I refused to take an anti-depressant. My thoughts became convoluted and I remember sleepless nights of praying for some clarity.
Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease was foreign to me until I was approached by an acquaintance on a camping trip who had recently been diagnosed. A simple blood test weeks later would change my life forever.
Life is such an interesting journey, isn’t it? Full of endeavors, experiences and enlightenment. As a professional nutrition and wellness counselor, personal fitness coach and gluten free lifestyle specialist, I embody the notion of health from many different angles, looking at each person as an individual with unique needs. My blog postings reflect the world through my eyes, in this ever-changing world we navigate.
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Listen, breathe and live. You have been given a second chance to heal yourself from the inside out, and I truly hope that my knowledge will be an intricate part of your path to optimal health and wellness.
Love and Light,