I met Lori a few months ago when she contacted me about making her health a priority. She has seen great results and has inspired other patients to improve their health too. Thank you Lori for sharing your story! -Dr. Kehres, Kehres Health & Chiropractic
Getting’ the Gluten Out, by Lori
The last 12 years of my life have been filled with constant back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Even a spinal fusion brought no relief. Then I met Dr. Kehres. His combination of chiropractic treatments, home exercise, massage and a few dietary changes have dramatically improved my quality of life. In fact, on some days I am pain free.
Because I have two inflammatory diseases, Dr. Kehres suggested a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in flour, wheat, barley and rye. At different times I cook for our adult children and our grandchildren, in addition to my husband and myself, so I wondered how I would make this change.
It’s been much easier than I ever expected.
First what can I eat? I can have all I want of:
- Fresh fruits
- Fresh vegetables
- Freshly made fruit and vegetable juices
- Decaffeinated coffee and teas
- Spices and herbs
Grocery stores are full of great gluten-free products today and many stores even designate gluten-free items with a special symbol. I buy gluten-free bread mix and make a loaf periodically in the bread machine. When it cools, I put three or four slices each in plastic bags and freeze the bread to use as I need. To beat the winter chill, I make a big pot of vegetable beef or chicken and rice soup, freezing it in small containers for quick lunches. On hamburger night I put the meat on the plate and cover it with condiments and veggies like lettuce and tomatoes.
Following a gluten-free diet is more of a mindset than a challenge. If you fall into the trap of feeling deprived, it will be a challenge.
You can choose to see the glass of water half empty or half full. I prefer to count my many blessing (like my family and a lot less back pain) and see my glass half full.
Are you interested in improving your health and reducing back pain? Contact us at 989-607-4322, Kehres Health & Chiropractic in Saginaw for preventative healthcare.