Glutenfreeveganshop.se was founded in 2022 by me, Frida Nyman. I have a master degree in public health, and a passionated interest in holistic health, nutrition and delicious, good, nutritious food. I’m also passionated about helping people feel better and create a healthy life style that works in the long run. I have a holistic view of health and believe that there are several different components that together contribute to a healthy life style and good health.
I want to show that gluten free, vegan, plant based food doesn’t have to be complicated and difficult. I also want to show how amazingly good it can be! Eating a varied diet with a lots of fibre, fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains (gluten-free), nuts, seeds and other healthy fats is incredibly important for us to feel good. I therefore want to spread information and recipes that makes it a bit easier for people to make better choices for themselves and their surroundings. I have been eating a gluten free, whole food plant based vegan diet for several years now, and I’m very happy that you have found my website (the English version and recipes is under construction). Below you can also read about my own health journey.
My health journey
How my stomach problems started
My stomach problems started in my childhood. I often had stomach ache, felt unwell and had difficulty eating. It was after I graduated the the problems took off, and over the years it just got worse and worse.
I had regular painful stomach cramps that was very severe. After I hade the cramps I was always completely lethargic and often felt unwell for the rest of the day, and even the next day. The cramps came more and more often over the years, from a few times a month to every other day. I have lost count of the number of times I have visit the health-care for my problems, without getting any help. I just told them how I felt time after time, cried and always felt very dejected afterwards. I was never tested for celiac disease, didn’t get any dietary advice and no questions about my lifestyle, such as how I eat, sleep, move or stress. I was just told without any medical examination that I have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and that there’s nothing to do.
I couldn’t live a normal life
Throughout my youth and adult life, I so many times had to cancel plans, be afraid and stressed to travel away from home or just be at work a whole day. I never knew when my stomach would get upset and I was very ashamed of my problems (wich of course no one should be). It felt like I couldn’t live a normal life, and I often isolated myself.
When I was at my worst in 2018 and really hit rock bottom, I had aches all over my body, muscles and joints, major problems with my stomach, lack of energy, thyroid issues and nutritional deficiencies. I had been vegetarian for several years and ate relatively healthy, but I had never really tried to remove gluten from my diet. At that time, I thought it would be so difficult, boring and complicated. I either didn’t know how it affected me and my health.
The turning point
In the beginning of 2019 I made a change in my diet and I totally removed gluten. I started to search information where gluten often can be hidden in products and what to avoid. I hardly could believe what happened, but slowly I started to notice a change. Soon I felt so much better, the cramps stopped and within 1-2 months all my stomach problems were gone.
I started to focus on getting my digestion working again, and soon I got my energy back because I probably couldn’t absorb the nutrients in my diet when I ate foods I couldn’t tolerate. I also started to using different techniques to calm my nervous system and reduce stress in my life. It felt like I got my life back, and I’m so grateful that I tried to make these changes on my own and, take control of my health (even if I wish that the health-care would have done the available tests and medical examinations needed). A short time later I also switched to a vegan diet, which made me feel even better – a bonus on top of being kind to the planet and the animals!
Of course I wish I had done the available tests in health-care, receive support, help, advices and figure out the right treatment many years earlier. And I know there are many others out there who are in the same situation as I once was. Everyone is different and can be sensitive to different kind of foods in their diet. What works for one person may not always work for another, which makes it difficult. But getting the help you have right to receive from health-care, taking a holistic approach to health, and trying to cut out large food groups like gluten, diary and white sugar can be a start to see if you feeling better. To add more green, natural foods into your diet can make a huge difference.
It’s important to remember that health of course is so much more then just a healthy diet that you can tolerate and that makes you feel good. A combination of healthy habits, calmness and harmony in body and mind, movement and a healthy lifestyle are incredibly important for us to feel good. A holistic approach to health is something we need more of in our society.
I hope my story can inspire and help those of you who are not feeling well, to really go to the bottom of what the cause might can be 💚
Please let me know if you have any questions and get in touch!