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How to Maximize Your Health and Weight Loss by Eliminating these 2 Ingredients!

Updated on December 31, 2013

Soy can be a very healthy alternative, just not for everyone.

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It took two years to get my health and weight back on track!

I am going to give you explicit and graphic details about my own unhealthy journey over the course of two years. But baby, look at me now! I'm living proof of these claims that avoiding these two ingredients will lead you to a better you.

There are two ingredients lurking in almost every food product you pick up from a store shelf today that may be causing you to become or stay unhealthy. We've all heard about them. Some of us have debated about them. But until you suffer the consequences of digesting too much of them, you might never realize how dangerous they are to the one control you have over your body and what you put in it.

America has become a gluten and soy nation!

I'm finally free from the health issues that have plagued me over the course of two years.

It took 2 years to get my health back.
It took 2 years to get my health back. | Source

Did you know that Fatigue is a non-specific symptom because it is a subjective feeling reported differently by every patient. Fatigue is not something that can be observed.

Do you suffer from fatigue?

This journey has brought me to a 100% turnaround from where I started over two years ago.

The number one health complaint I suffered from until recently when I discovered the key to my own successful recovery was that I was constantly fatigued. No doctor could magically cure the tired feeling that overcame me on a daily basis.

What is fatigue?

Fatigue feels like total exhaustion at times. Tiredness that doesn't go away with rest. Listlessness or the feeling of non-enjoyment from daily activities that used to bring pleasure. It also feels like weakness and has a gradual onset.

Physical fatigue prevents someone from maintaining maximum physical performance as well. Exercise goals become unattainable.

Mental or attention fatigue decreases cognitive activity and can manifest as lethargy.

Fatigue has many possible causes.

Use this table as a guide to check your level of fatigue.

When you exercise, can you last at least 30 minutes per session?
If you are only able to exercise for less than 20 minutes a day without any other cause, you may be suffering from physical fatigue.
If you wake up with or have a headache during exercise, you may be suffering from mental fatigue.
Do you have energy to talk on the phone or in person to people you once enjoyed conversing with?
If talking on the phone or in-person social activities wear you out easily, you may be suffering from physical fatigue.
If you feel mentally drained after talking to people on the phone or in person, you may be suffering from mental fatigue.
Can you stand the thought of walking around a mall to shop?
If you lack the stamina to walk around a mall or visit favorite shopping places, you may be suffering from physical fatigue.
If you can't even conjure up the energy to go to the mall without a headache coming on, you are most likely suffering from mental fatigue.
Are daily tasks becoming a burden to you?
If you feel overwhelmed by daily tasks that you are accustomed to doing quickly, you may be suffering from physical fatigue.
If you find it overwhelming to maintain your daily routine, or start forgetting things easily, you may be suffering from mental fatigue.
It is possible and likely to suffer from physical and mental fatigue at the same time.

Were you ever mistakenly diagnosed with depression when you were suffering from fatigue?

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Don't confuse fatigue with depression.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, and this article in no way constitutes medical advice. However, if you are having feelings of overwhelming fatigue, anxiety, depression, or other symptoms that may jeopardize your health, please seek medical treatment.

There are many people who suffer from Depression. Please don't confuse Depression with physical or mental fatigue, although the symptoms may overlap.

This is a healthier me today! One of the first things I noticed, was my hair grew longer and healthier. It stopped falling out.


Guillain-Barre ((pronounced like She on beret) syndrome is a disorder in which your body's immune system attacks your nerves. Weakiness and tingling eventually turn in to paralysis. It's a serious life-threatening emergency requiring hospitalization.

This picture was taken right before thyroid surgery in 2011. Notice how swollen my face was.


Have you been experiencing crippling health issues without any explanation?

Beginning in 2011, I thought my life was going well. Newly divorced, single mother with two children, I started Crafty to the Core to support my family. I joined Facebook and landed an account with a nursing home creating scrapbook pages for elderly residents. I was truly living the life I had envisioned.

The stage was set. A new life, new business, new future. Eventually, I re-married. Within a week of our wedding, I was laying in a hospital bed unable to breathe. All of my dreams, my goals, my future looked dismal. The diagnosis was exasperated asthma.

Not having a clue as to the cause of the problem, doctors said it must have been an allergy attack when I was raking wet leaves in the yard. Years ago, almost a decade before, I had been exposed to toxic mold. I received allergy shots for almost a year, but never had any further problems. Then, here I was, in a hospital bed with breathing treatments being administered every few hours to relieve the asthma symptoms that seemed to worsen every day.

Finally, through a CT Scan of my chest, doctors discovered that I had Thyroid disease. It came as quite a shock. Discovered by accident, but a blessing in disguise, so that I could seek treatment as soon as I was discharged from the hospital a week later.

Imagine a week in the hospital after being newly married. For most people, that would be very disruptive to life. Consider the time lost away from a job, family, and all of the responsibilities you do every day come crashing to a halt because you are now in a hospital bed and cannot perform your daily duties. Never mind the financial repercussions of sudden illness with lack of savings.

After another grueling six months of medical treatment for thyroid disease, I finally had surgery in October 2011. My face became unrecognizable during those months. Swollen and round from my forehead to my neck, I no longer looked like the same person. The thyroid surgery went well and doctors assured me I would be back to good health in no time at all. In fact, they even thought the asthma was related to the thyroid disease as it commonly is.

Immediately following thyroid surgery, after the initial ten day recovery time, I felt okay. I didn't feel as great as the doctors assured me I would feel. In fact, four months later, I was back in the hospital with more asthma issues.

With a team of asthma specialists assessing my health, a regimen of allergy shots was to resume from when I received them a prior decade ago.

I still felt some symptoms which I could not shake:

  • Daily dizzy spells upon turning suddenly or quick head movement
  • Sudden onset of room-spinning dizziness with vomiting
  • Massive stomach cramping
  • Light-headedness
  • Feeling of being in a fog
  • Extreme memory impairment and loss
  • Weight gain
  • Inability to lose weight with extreme dieting and exercise
  • Severe fatigue disabling my ability to perform daily routine tasks

Every time I would explain my issues to doctors, they would say the symptoms were not the result of thyroid disease. Blood tests were always normal.

Then, one day I woke up with a severe headache. It was so severe in fact, that it landed me in the hospital for 8 more days paralyzed on my right side. Doctors were puzzled. All of my tests came back normal. They declared the cause to be a hemiplegic migraine with paralysis.

After intense physical therapy, I saw a neurologist who thought it was possible that the flu shot I had received days prior to the headache caused a reaction known as Guillain-Barre.

My initial symptoms were similar to a stroke. Facial tingling, numbness in my hands and feet, severe headache, mental impairment, memory loss, and others.

I continued to suffer from pain, high blood pressure, heart palpatations, weight gain, and fatigue to the point I went to the emergency room 10 more times in a period of four months.

Despite my blood pressure being around 178 over 122, doctors felt that I must be suffering from stress. I had to fight for my health rights.

It's no secret that everyone suffers from stress at one point or another. And yes, I have had a significant amount of stress in my own life in the past few years. Divorce, medical issues, and financial issues. But I knew myself better than that. Stress wasn't the cause of my health issues. Stress didn't cause me to have exasperated asthma. Stress didn't cause me to have thyroid disease. Stress didn't cause my stroke-like symptoms and paralysis.

In telling my story to many people, I learned that there are many young people suffering from similar symptoms. People half of my age were having these same symptoms. And they certainly weren't suffering from stress-induced toxic body poisoning.

So what was the culprit? What was happening? And why was this happening to me?

The doctors kept telling me there was nothing wrong. Blood tests proved nothing, although my liver enzymes were high. Doctors refused to review my file and connect all of the issues. Instead, they treated every issue separately. Each visit becoming more aggressive with a diagnosis of stress-related problems.

It was enough to make someone ill. No matter the ailment, I was now treated like a constant complainer. The insurance company even had a behavioral health specialist call me at home to make sure I wasn't depressed. Upon hearing that I was no longer eating because it hurt to eat, the insurance company decided I was in fact suffering from depression. I couldn't believe my ears. High blood pressure, excruciating pain, and inability to eat was now a diagnosis of depression. Why? Because the blood tests were all normal. In fact, an ultrasound showed nothing. So, everyone concluded, I was crazy.

It wasn't until my husband, my true supporter throughout all of this, demanded that the doctor run further tests. My husband pleaded my case. He knew me well enough to know food was my first choice of pleasure. He knew if I wasn't eating, I really was ill. And he did not buy this accusation that it was depression. He married me when I was healthy. He knew what I was capable of accomplishing and how frustrated it made me that it was too painful to enjoy normal activities.

Finally, after a Hida Scan, the doctors finally discovered that my gallbladder was completely rotten. That explained the high liver enzymes. Surgery didn't solve my problem though. In fact, three more trips to the emergency room after surgery due to extreme dizziness, fatigue, high blood pressure were just more proof that something was still wrong.

I felt ready to give up. The financial burden alone was crippling. Never mind the fact that I could barely function. I had to drag myself out of bed, and even then, I would fall over from dizziness. I couldn't drive a car.

Then, right here on HubPages, I started reading about the health consequences of gluten and soy. I started learning everything I could about it. I was skeptical at first. I have never really been a believer that additives in foods can be unhealthy. After all, it's the government that approves them right? So, surely the government would never intentionally make people sick!

My health has turned around 100%! I am no longer sick.

I still get an occasional cold. In fact, this past Christmas I had bronchitis. But my body was physically able to fight it off faster without all of the crippling health issues I've suffered from within the past two years.

What's my secret? How did I go from being labeled depressed, to turning my health around to the point I've lost weight and stabilized my blood pressure? At my last checkup, all of my blood work came back normal.

In summer of 2013, the doctor told me that I was Vitamin D deficient. I was also told once in the hospital that I had low magnesium levels. After looking in to this further and reading many educational Hubs about food additives, and talking with a nutritional therapist about my food choices, I decided to eliminate soy and gluten from my diet.

It's not easy to eliminate foods that we are accustomed to eating. I'm Italian. Pasta is a favorite food group. To eliminate that and bread was very difficult at first. But once I did, I stopped having cravings for sweets. In fact, I also stopped drinking coffee. That helped curb a lot of cravings. I no longer felt shaky or sudden heart palpitations.

I also started walking every day. I increased my stamina slowly by adding a little more time to my daily walks. We are fortunate to have a walking track close by. If I wanted to challenge myself, I would walk down by the beach where there is a two-mile nature trail.

Eventually, I stopped feeling fatigued. I won my energy back. I fought the good fight and gained my health back.

I did lose one thing. The fat tummy I had developed over the last few years that I could not get rid of no matter what I did.

Some people may argue about this and say that I increased my exercise so that was the reason I lost weight. No, actually, it's not. Because the times before during the last two years, no matter what exercise I tried, I would simply gain weight. I could not lose weight and thought it was due to the thyroid disease. But my doctor kept trying to convince me my weight issues were not caused by my thyroid.

Did you know that there are doctors and therapists that encourage eliminating gluten from the diets of children with Autism? They feel that gluten may affect behavior.

How to eliminate soy and gluten from your diet.

This may not be the diet for everyone. In fact, there is a lot of controversy about eliminating certain wheat products from the diets of children. But if you have tried everything and continue to suffer from ill-health consequences, trying these tips might just work for you. Always consult with a doctor before trying any new diet plan.

In the table below, I list foods commonly found in American homes that contain gluten and/or soy. You will be surprised at the common foods that may be harming your health.

What foods do not contain gluten and/or soy that can be readily on hand in home pantries?

  • Fresh potatoes
  • Fresh sweet potatoes
  • Dry rice
  • Dry beans
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Canned vegetables
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Salad
  • Fresh meat

Check all labels before ingesting any food. You will be surprised at what contains gluten/and or soy.

Foods to avoid and foods to substitute that are gluten and/or soy free.

Foods containing gluten and/or soy
Foods to substitute that are gluten and/or soy free
Reason to eliminate
Vegetable Oil
Pure olive oil, peanut oil, corn oil
Vegetable Oil contains 100% soy.
Bouillon Cubes
Natural herbs. Sage adds flavor to chicken soups.
Contain gluten, possibly soy.
Gluten free sweets that don't contain soy.
Chocolate contains soy. In addition, some candy bars include gluten.
Bread crumbs
Substitute lemon juice and parmesian cheese for toppings to meat. You can also use corn meal to roll chicken in, or gluten-free breads.
Contains gluten.
Substitute gluten-free mixes for breads and baked goods. Watch for soy content.
Contains gluten.
Soy sauce
Corn starch can be substituted for some sauces such as shrimp with lobster sauce.
A lot of sauces contain gluten, soy or both.
Pure natural broth for flavor.
Contains gluten.
Alternative flavorings such as vinegar and herbs.
Contains soy.
Butter made with 100% pure olive oil.
Contains soy.
Pasta made from corn or rice.
Contains gluten.
Gluten-free bread mixes. Substitute olive oil for vegetable oil.
Contains gluten.
Canned soups
Homemade soup with natural ingredients.
Contains gluten and/or soy.
Peanut Butter
Natural Skippy peanut butter.
Contains soy
Trail Mix
Purchase peanuts and dried fruit to mix yourself that do not contain wheat or soy.
Some canned nuts contain wheat and soy.
Kielbasa and some canned/deli meats
Armor polish sausage/Deli meats that are gluten-free
Some kielbasa and canned meats contain gluten and/or soy.
100% pure cheese
Some of the inexpensive cheeses are soy based.
Hot Cocoa
Swiss Miss is made from corn and coconut oils.
Some cocoa mixes are made with soy.
Chex Mix, rice krispies, and corn based cereal (but read the labels)
Contains gluten and/or soy.
Potato Chips
Fritos, potato chips made without soy
Contains soy products. Most chips are baked with vegetable oil.
Taco Shells
Big Y Taco Shells are made from corn oil.
A lot of different brands are made from vegetable oil which contains soy.
Ice Cream
Only certain flavors
Most contain soy. Some of the additives such as candy pieces contain gluten.
These are not conclusive lists. Reading labels is the first step in understanding what foods to avoid and what foods to choose to better your health.


Being ill robs us of our life. It takes the enjoyment out of our days. And that's not what life is supposed to be about.

If someone had suggested two years ago that I give up pasta, soy products, or gluten, I would have shrugged it off and said whatever. In fact, I heard about people having problems with food additives or ingredients and dismissed the notion that it could happen to me.

It took becoming sick, over and over again, to finally wake up and make a goal for myself to not just sit around and become complacent with being sick. I had to choose to make a difference in my own life not only for my own purposes, but because I have a family to care for.

If you are experiencing any of the health issues or symptoms I've addressed in this article, and time and time again doctors have suggested it's probably stress, please take my advice seriously. It took two years for me to understand how food I was choosing to eat was making me sick.

In fact, my health has turned around so much, this past December my blood work showed even my cholesterol went down some. My blood pressure is normal. I no longer take dietary suppliments because Vitamin D and Magnesium absorption are no longer being blocked by poor food choices.

Giving up soy and gluten doesn't mean giving up your life. It means getting it back!


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      Lynsey Hart 

      4 years ago from Lanarkshire

      Great hub. I am actually experiencing a lot of the symptoms you listed, and it has been put down to ear issues, but I'm wondering whether making the switch might help! I think I might just give it a go, when I'm feeling brave! Lol potatoes and pasta are my favourite side dishes, so would be hard to change them...

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      Andy James 

      5 years ago from London

      Great insight, thanks for sharing. I'm not a fan of gluten, especially.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Brandi, this is an excellent hub, I'm so glad you were able to find the answer to your health problems. It is frightening when something is clearly wrong with you health but the medical community fails to find the root of problem. Although others may be experiencing similar symptoms, this could be due to a range of causes, so it's always sensible to see the doctor and insist on getting all the appropriate tests done. Diet and exercise are always important.

      Brilliant hub, very useful information.

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      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting hub for me. I have hypothyroidism and originally my Doctor diagnosed hayfever. It was a battle to get a thyroid function test! I have noticed my weight increasing again recently although I am on thyroxin. From time to time I read online and in books about going gluten free reversing hypothyroidism so I have just started the gluten free campaign. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I think I may have mucked up my thyroid by eating too much tofu and broccoli when I was on a dairy free kick, however feel it was probably already vulnerable because of my desire for bread!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Glad you could connect your health issues to gluten and soy consumption.

      And good to see avoiding these 2 ingredients gave you back your lost health and made you feel better.

      This hub is a must read for those who have health issues that are not responding to treatment.

      Sharing this hub and voted all the way up.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Levertis! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. It's nice to see you.

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      Levertis Steele 

      5 years ago from Southern Clime


      I am happy that you discovered the culprits behind your health issues, and I am glad that you are better. Thanks for sharing.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi RTalloni! Thanks so much for commenting. I was thankful to have found out why my health was declining because the doctors just want to prescribe medication. All along it was just changing my diet.

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      5 years ago from the short journey

      It's not always easy to share frustrating experiences with health and the attitudes of doctors and other caregivers, but it is so useful, both as a review of the patient to help them stay on track and as a tool for others who are suffering and need a new perspective. So glad you took matters into your own hands when you found helpful information and have seen dramatic improvements. Pinning to my Solve It: Health/... board.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Suhail! My life changed significantly after avoiding certain food products. Coffee is still the hardest of them all to give up, but I no longer have the digestion issues I used to suffer from which always made me feel sick.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Scott! Thank you so much for sharing your experience here. I was watching a show on tv the other day and this woman was accused of being on drugs because she was experiencing fog brain. She wasn't on drugs. I experienced fog brain myself when I was going through thyroid problems. Now that I'm gluten free, my brain is sharp as a tack again for the most part. I have my forgetful moments though. LOL

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      5 years ago

      Hi Au fait! I just also learned that most pasta sauces have soy. I was able to find one jar of natural sauce that contained no soy. It was double price. I guess it's best to make it from scratch.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      5 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Yes I feel fatigued and yes I need to change my diet drastically. This hub has been immensely helpful. I have to listen to you and start ASAP.

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      Scott P Williams 

      5 years ago

      I felt lots of joy reading this article. It's great to hear about someone getting their life back. I am a nurse and I see my doctors label lots of women with fibromyalgia which is a fancy term for woman that have pain and nobody knows why. A few a them were people I knew and I suggested many of the things you did but just as you stated, they wouldn't even consider issues such as diet or vitamin d deficiency. Anyhow, what you did was great. You took your health into your own hands. That's all any of us can do is to TRY!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      What a useful and fantastic article! I've tried to avoid soy for quite a while now that I know it can be harmful if not processed correctly for human use -- fermented. It is believed to cause and/or contribute to thyroid issues. Gluten is another matter. I should probably avoid that too. I went to olive oil a few years ago now and I use it for everything from frying food to cake mixes, etc. Very informative article.

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      5 years ago

      Hi EP! This time of year for us in the northeast is so crucial to pack in the vitamin D. We have had snow like every other day here. Today is raining. No sunshine anywhere. The kids have been out of school for the past three weeks off and on due to snow. Ugh. I've had enough already. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      5 years ago

      Hi Suzanne! It's really amazing how much my life has turned around. This time last year, I was walking with a cane, going through physical therapy, and spending nearly every week in the emergency room or a doctor's office. Today, I see my primary doctor once every six months for blood pressure check-ups and they have been normal. I feel really great too. I won't touch anything with gluten in it now. I make bread from scratch from a gluten-free bread mix. I've learned to be very creative without using products containing gluten. Fatigue was one of my biggest enemies and I really do think going gluten free overcame that for me. It wasn't too difficult to give up the foods I love to eat because we have a store nearby that sells gluten-free products. And our grocery store now carries a lot of gluten-free packaged foods in the freezer section. Thank you for stopping by and commenting here. I surely do hope you can get to the bottom of the cause of the fatigue.

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      First, I'm so glad that you got your health back, but second, such great advice. It's so important to eat right and we definitely need Vitamin D in our diets. Glad to hear you are doing well!!

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      Suzanne Day 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Such a sad journey for you, I'm so glad you were able to find out what the ailment was. It's quite suprising what the doctors don't know. I've been told a number of things and "diagnosed" but nothing that was done helped either. In the end, I took matters into my own hands. These days, I still get fatigue, a bit like chronic fatigue only not quite as bad (I still can go to work). But I feel that every phone call, every little job is an overwhelming effort. I should definitely check out the soy and gluten problem, I do suspect that it is one of the causes. Plus, losing a tummy might help too!

      Thank you for your very useful hub, voted up and useful.

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      5 years ago

      Hello Better Yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting here. I'm finding that it's becoming very difficult to find a doctor that actually listens. But now that I figured this all out, my doctor is in total agreement with me. It's funny how that works!

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      5 years ago

      Hi Tillsontitan! Thanks so much for your comments. I have a few friends with celiac's and I've been learning a lot from them. It's astounding how many things have gluten in them. I was going to buy Pringles chips one day for my son's lunch snacks and noticed they too are made from wheat flour. I have really become diligent on reading every label.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Jane! Wow, that makes so much sense. I didn't even think about the soy sauce increasing appetites. For sure, though. Thanks for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      Hi Audrey. Many people I know eat soy regularly and have no problems at all. I think my problem is my thyroid. Apparently soy interferes with hormones when people have thyroid issues. After having surgery, I did read somewhere not to eat too much soy, and I ignored the warnings. But I have friends that have no problem at all eating soy, and they are vegetarians.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Dee! That's interesting about the sugar. I was a sugar-holic, until I stopped eating gluten. Now the cravings I used to have are virtually gone except ice cream. That's my one downfall. Thank you for stopping by!

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      5 years ago

      StoneCircle, right on! I'm nodding my head in agreement with everything you say here as I read it. I'm amazed that you make your own butter. That's neat! I grew up on a farm. I had no health issues growing up. We grew our own produce and then canned the extras to last through winter. I'm sorry to hear about your heart attack and RA! My liver enzymes were messed up, but are slowly getting better. Thank you for adding your story here.

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      5 years ago

      Eurocafeaulait, Thanks so much for your kind comments.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Linda! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I feel so much better. It's quite a relief.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you Teaches! I just found a section in our local grocery store of gluten-free frozen products too. This weekend I treated myself to gluten-free blueberry muffins!

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      Better Yourself 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a journey! I can't imagine how frustrating it must have been to have doctors unwilling to listen and recognize the severity of your health struggles. Glad you are better and sharing your story to help others recognize the potential cause of their own health struggles. And the chart of foods to avoid and substitute options is great!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Congratulations! Too often people believe their doctors and suffer in silence. You really need to be your own advocate when you're not getting answers!

      I have celiac disease so can relate very well to much of what you've said. BTW, you look marvelous!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Jane Arden 

      5 years ago

      Such fantastic advice. Even better that its written from personal experience. If only more people realised how much certain foods can affect their health. Sometimes you just have to start eliminating things systematically. Soy sauce can make you eat more, that's a fact. Well, I've read that's a fact. Hence when you eat a Chinese, you can feel hungry again pretty quickly. It can be a long process, but well worth it in the end. It took someone very close to me absolute years to realise he was allergic to almonds and all he was doing was putting almond oil on his hands every night. Another hub for me to bookmark. Seriously, my bookmarky thingy on my computer is running out I've bookmarked so many. LOL

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I am so glad that you are doing better!! I have been gluten free for a couple of years now--and that helped a lot--but I need the soy as I don't eat any meat--I just try to find non GMO soy and pray that helps

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      5 years ago

      Enjoyed reading this. Wish I could make people, especially young people to not take their health for granted. The culprits for me were sugar....and in a small degree salt. Once I conquered sugar the rest was much easier. Congratulation on your success.

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      Susan McLeish 

      5 years ago from Rindge, NH

      Glad to see that you are doing much better. I have RA and had a major attack almost a year ago. The meds they put me on started to cause liver damage. I do understand what you have been through just with a different perspective.

      I began making my own baked goods, shopping at farmers markets, buying in season fruits and vegetables and the whole family is doing better for it. Sorry Mexico, I am not buying your products any more for many reasons. The main one being my responsibility to my and my families health.

      I make my own butter now along with a good amount of the condiments we use weekly. Me and mustard are having an argument at the moment. I looked to the past and found the same answer you did. my mom, grand mom and great grand-mom did not have so many health issues and it is due to the way food was prepared and consumed.

      Great hub!

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      5 years ago

      Your story is nothing less than inspirational.

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      5 years ago from Louisiana

      Wow, I'm amazed at all the wrong terms. Thank goodness you finally figured out what would help.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      So glad you found what made you so sick and unhappy. Avoiding gluten and soy is a must for most of us. It's so wonderful that products now come as a non-gluten offer. Great post!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Olog! Thank you so much for your knowledgeable input. I have heard that wheat does contain a higher amount of gluten than before. Thank you for your kind comments.

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      5 years ago from USA

      The before and after pictures are amazing. You look so much better in the after, with your healthier hair.

      I'm so happy you've been able to find a diet that works well for you. Wheat products contain much more gluten than they did centuries ago, which is probably one of the reasons people feel so much better when they go wheat free. Plus, you got rid of all the GMOs in soy.

      Anyway, I'm pinning this one.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you so much esatchel! I found in my situation, the doctors weren't connecting the dots. They were treating everything as a separate issue. So when I finally stopped eating gluten and soy and felt better almost immediately, my doctor was really happy that I had chosen that path on my own. I also stopped drinking coffee too which I miss.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Vespawoolf! Fortunately, rice and potatoes have no gluten, so I can still enjoy the foods I love. Even though I can't eat pasta, the health benefits of giving it up outweigh the illnesses I suffered through. I know two people who have celiac disease. I'm so glad you mentioned the words, "gluten intolerance". The difference is, someone with the disease can't have any trace of gluten. They can't use a toaster or use the same butter container because crumbs may contaminate it. They have to have separate of everything. I watched a baking show where the entire bakery had to be disinfected before any cupcakes were made for a celiac patient. Whereas, in my situation, I believe I am intolerant. Which means, if I do eat out of the same butter container which might contain a crumb of bread, I won't become sick. I just can't eat gluten products every day. Because it builds up in my system and blocks the nutrients I absorb that are crucial to normal body functioning. Thank you so much for your input here.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Rebecca! Thank you so much for your nice comments. I have learned a tremendous amount on HubPages about everything! LOL When I first joined, I was still sick. I thought HubPages would be a good outlet for me because I was mostly home-bound. The writers here really changed my life. I've learned so much. Now instead of searching on google, I come here first.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Gajanis! NIce to see you. Thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, I had to give up a lot of my favorite foods. Pasta being one of them. They do sell a corn-based pasta that's ok. The problem is it doesn't turn out that well when baked like in a chicken parmesan. So, I like to eat rice noodles once in a while. I also found some corn bread mix and regular bread mix that are both gluten and soy free that I treat myself with every once in a while. But they are really expensive.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Sha! Before my thyroid surgery, my face swelled significantly. Sadly, I didn't notice. I'm so used to my own body that I never realized my face was swelling. I also had an overall red appearance. Funny thing, I watched a medical show not to long ago and the chief complaint of the patient was a swollen face. She showed the doctor a before and after picture. They determined she had thyroid disease.

      Fatigue was gradual. It didn't come on overnight. It eventually prohibited me from doing things I could do with ease previously. But the brain fog was the worst part.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi DDE! Thank you so much for commenting here. Yes, depression and fatigue can sometimes go hand in hand. Othertimes, not. That's a scary mistake my own doctors were making with my health. They refused to listen to me and my valid complaints of mental and physical fatigue. My husband tried to tell them what I used to be capable of and the limitations I was encountering due to fatigue. They refused to listen and tried to prescribe anti-depressants. I refused to take them because I knew I wasn't depressed.

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      5 years ago

      Hi MsDora! Thank you so much for commenting. All the best to you in 2014 as well!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi CrisSp! Thank you so much! :D Physical and mental fatigue are devastating on our bodies. It takes a long time to recover from them. The first clue I was suffering from something was mental fog. I lost memory. I couldn't remember from one minute to the next. It became scary. It's also a symptom of Thyroid disease, but I had already had surgery.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      HI NiaLee! Thank you so much for your kind comments. It's nice to see you here. Happy New Year to you as well.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Halcyone! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your story here. I can totally relate to the energy. Now I don't seem to stop. I go and go. Where before, I could barely do routine things every day. It's so important that we keep sharing our stories so that others may find healing in their personal health situations. I hope you have an awesome 2014 as well!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for your comments. I did feel kind of weird about telling such a personal story, but the outcome I hoped to achieve was so that others with similar circumstances could find healing.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Minnetonka Twin! Thank you so much for your encouraging words.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Kidscrafts! I was in the grocery store one day and a bunch of women were fighting over some meat that was on sale. It was a popular brand of sausage. I had already picked up a package and put mine down. It was made from soy. I couldn't believe it. But then, one row over there was another brand made without soy. And it was cheaper. So, I'm finding that it doesn't even have to cost more to eat this way too. In some instances, it's cheaper.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Flourish! Thank you so much. I do feel so much better. I was so sick for so long. It's amazing how much I can get accomplished in one day now compared to how little I was able to do before.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Faith! That's very interesting that your cancer doctor told you no soy. I'm so glad he did. My doctor never mentioned it, but when I told him I was soy and gluten free, he was happy about that. Thank you so much for commenting!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Jackie! Thank you so much for your kind comments. Yes, energy was one of the first things I noticed on this journey. I actually had some. It was an amazing transformation coming out of so much sickness. I'm so thankful to everyone who writes on HubPages about soy and gluten. It really changed my life.

    • esatchel profile image


      5 years ago from Kentucky

      Fatigue and feelings of general malaise are so vague and so easily overlooked, however they really can be symptoms of real illness! I'm glad you finally found what was ailing you and were able to make changes that brought you back to good health! Great Hub!

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      Vespa Woolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I´m so happy you have discovered the root of your health issue and have been able to get your life back on line. I know many in the U.S. are suffering from the effects of gluten intolerance. The diet would be well worth the benefits. I wonder if this may also become an issue someday in S. America. Only time will tell. I hope this information helps many people who are also suffering from the same frustrating misdiagnoses.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is an amazing dietary story. You were so smart to figure out eliminating gluten and soy from your diet. I am so happy for your renewed health. Nice to hear that HubPages was a part of it.

    • gajanis786 profile image


      5 years ago

      Very inspiring.....I would say it was your extraordinary will power also which has contributed a lot beside other things mentioned. Thanks.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Crafty, the foods we ingest definitely affect our health. This article offers good information. I love that you've taken the time to point out substitutions for many of the common food items we eat on a regular basis. The alternatives are doable and healthier overall. I may give some of these a try. I'm not fatigued, but have gained a lot of weight in a short period of time.

      I'm glad you have regained good health. As they say, you are what you eat. I think we should all take that a little more seriously when looking at changes in our bodies.

      Great hub my friend and it's wonderful to finally meet the person behind these awesome hubs!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Happy New Year! Enjoy another year of challenges. Make 2014 a spectacular year for you. The photos are beautiful. Important points to make note of and one should not confuse fatigue with depression.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Crafty, thank you for sharing such helpful information using your own experience. I especially appreciate the tables. Glad your health improved. All the best going forward into the New Year!

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      First off, good to know that you're back in the pink of health! What a fantastic, well detailed hub. Jeez, I think I pretty much have all the signs of physical and mental fatigue--no kidding but thanks for all the warnings!

      Stay healthy now and happy new year!

      P.S. You're gorgeous! Keep that smile! :)

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      5 years ago from BIG APPLE

      Happy new year 2014 and happy new you!!! I am so happy to read that you are doing better and to see how to decided to take matters in your hands and battle until victory. Yes, we need to eat to live healthy, yes, we need to know better and more about what we eat, yes little changes can make a big difference.

      It is very encouraging to rad your hub... thank your for sharing in such a positive motivating way... you look beautiful and happy!!!

      Take care... and keep going.

      Love and peace to you and all

    • Halcyone profile image


      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub! I relate to a lot of what is discussed - I have had health issues for about 7 years now, that doctor's just couldn't figure out - I also had to remove my gallbladder and while that alleviated some things - it wasn't until just recently when I finally decided to try cutting out gluten that I began feeling better and having more energy - I HAVE to exercise now otherwise I'll go crazy with this extra energy I have.

      I personally think everyone should try cutting out gluten for at least a month to see how they feel. Thanks for letting others know of this!

      Here is to a great 2014 for you!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm sorry about what you've been through, but the description of your experiences and all the details that you've shared could be very, very useful for other people with unexplained symptoms. It's wonderful that you've finally found the cause of your problems and that your health has returned! I hope you continue to stay healthy in 2014, Brandi.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I am so glad to hear your through all that pain and suffering from the illnesses. What a scary story Brandi and I'm sure your going to help so many people by sharing it. Happy New Year and may you have continued good health and happiness.

    • kidscrafts profile image


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great hub, full of hope when I see your pictures of two years ago and now! Good for you to have been finally able to find what was making you sick! And as you said, there are plenty of different kinds of food to have other things to eat!

      Happy Healthy New Year to you and your family!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      What a terrific turnaround story. You look like a new person, and it sounds as if you feel brand new, too. Happy 2014.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome article and good for you and your return of good health! I know about soy being so bad for you after my breast cancer and the Lord healed me...but the cancer doctor said NO SOY!!! Up and more and sharing. Happy New Year, Faith Reaper

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Glad you went ahead and wrote this! It is wonderful to share with your friends how you overcame something and how you did it. I am sure this will help many and I have been reading quite frequently lately how a gluten free diet can give you so much energy. Wow I know personally about those doctors, many think they are God apparently. They get a lot of money to form stupid opinions. Like you, if they don't fix it they need to keep trying! Oh well enough on them!

      I will be back to read this more thoroughly later but now I am voting up and sharing and you look simply beautiful! Gorgeous complexion.


    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Billy! I have suffered so much, I just hope that others will find healing through what I went through. Maybe someone else will find health through my simple advice. Thank you for commenting my friend.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A wonderful message, Brandi, and it is so important that you wrote this. I am very happy you have your health back my friend. May 2014 bring you continued good health and happiness.

      Happy New Year!



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