Dan is nearing his sixth month without eating wheat. Despite being told when he was a child that he had a wheat allergy, he continued to eat it all of his 46 years. He didn't have high hopes for much change when he decided to try a wheat-free diet. In fact, I am sure he was wishing nothing would change so he could continue to eat all the wonderful things that include wheat - a large part of his overall diet. When, within three days, he was feeling noticeably "better," which is to say, like a toxin was leaving his body, he wasn't completely thrilled. Wheat-free is hard. Not impossible, just hard.
Almost six months later, he is a changed man. He no longer has asthma. Did I just write that? Yes, I did. The man with the lifelong, chronic and occasionally serious asthma almost never experiences any symptoms anymore. He leaves home without his inhaler, such is the change that has happened. As if that isn't enough, he now says he can recognize between feeling "good" and feeling "bad." If that doesn't make much sense to you, then be happy about the state of your own health. Dan was in such a perpetual state of poison that he never knew what it was like to feel good. Now he does. He has lost 20lbs and his skin looks healthy. Also, he is happier and nicer, which makes our whole family happier and nicer.
If I sound like I have the enthusiasm of a convert, let me tell you friends, he's been SAVED!
Here are some wheat-free muffins (oatmeal, raisin, walnut, maple muffins, thanks for asking) I made yesterday. One thing Dan misses, beside wheezing and feeling horrible, is something to which he could apply butter. He wasn't much of a muffin man before, but now he has found muffin love, wheat-free style.