About jessithompson01

Hello, my name is Jessi Thompson. Healthy Living In A Busy World documents how I live healhty in this busy world! I've discovered that food and exercise can be fun! I hope that I can inspire you to live healthy and eat whole foods. You can read more about my story on my About page.

Celiac Disease

Three weeks ago I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. This came as a relief, but also a disappointment. I have been searching for a reason why I wasn’t feeling good, had stomach aches and pains, a constant bloated feeling, and fatigue. Every time I would eat it felt as if my stomach lining puffed out and the food exploded in my stomach. I think I lived with this feeling for so long that I just got used to it and didn’t realize that other people didn’t feel this way after eating. It got to the point where I was nauseous almost all day long. It is also odd because whenever I feel nauseous I want to shove more food into my stomach to help quell the swirling and twisting. It doesn’t really make any sense, but that’s what I felt like I needed to do. I was constantly trying to think of what I could eat to help calm my stomach. Usually this consisted of crackers, granola, plain cereal, bread or something similar. Obviously now with having the celiac diagnosis this was just aggravating my stomach and making things worse.

I felt like a hypochondriac searching for an answer to what was wrong with me.  Could it be ulcers, thyroid disorder, food allergies, depression? I even went as far as wondering if it could be gastroparesis (paralysis of the stomach where food just sits in your stomach and is slow to digest). I hated telling anyone how I was feeling for fear of them thinking I was crazy.

Now that I have the diagnosis, I feel relief knowing what is wrong and that I can take steps to fix it. But, there is disappointment knowing I have a lifelong disease and I may never get to enjoy the things I once loved. I feel embarrassed telling people and it’s awkward at restaurants because I don’t know what to order.

I started this blog a few days before my diagnosis. I wanted to share tips on nutrition and great recipes I find. After being diagnosed I have a new inspiration for this blog. I want to write about living gluten free so I can share my experiences with others and hopefully help anyone living gluten free.  I’ll share gluten free products I find  that are yummy and share recipes.

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Welcome!

Hello blogging community! I’m very excited to be publishing my first blog post! I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for about 6 months now and I finally took the plunge. The one thing holding me back was trying to come up with a fun, catchy title. If I can’t even decide on a title, how will I ever come up with enough things to post about?! I finally just decided that I can always change the title later. I think once I start posting it will just start flowing. Let’s hope so!

What do I hope to give (yes, I said give and not get. I want to share with the world) with this blog?

One, I was just diagnosed with Celiac disease. I feel overwhelmed and I hope to share everything I learn with other people who are also living with this diagnosis.

Two, I love cooking! I love recipes! I love pictures of food and researching healthy ways to cook foods. I follow a lot of vegan blogs, but I am not vegan. I want a place to post recipes and hopefully collaborate with other food bloggers.

Three, I love fitness. Ok…that’s a bit of an overstatement. I enjoy fitness. I really only do it to be healthy and look good. I also know that I have to work out in order to eat the foods I really love.

Four, I try to live a healthy lifestyle in all ways, but I also like to have fun. I love my friends and family. As a single lady, I also have fun and funny dating stories to share.

Five, I love to travel! I don’t get to travel as much as I’d like, but I’m trying to change that.

Six, I have a love hate relationship with fashion. I don’t follow it closely, but I want to try to be more fashionable. I usually succumb to dressing in what is comfy and feels good.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading my blog!

P.S. I’m still in the development stage of this blog and how it’s laid out. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed by all of the options and widgets, themes, tags, categories, pages, etc. But I’ll get the hang of it. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to share them!