When I eat gluten I get very sick, very quickly. My stomach becomes bloated, I feel sleepy and dull. I have very low energy. I want nothing more than to curl into a ball on the couch or the floor, wherever I am, maybe undo the top button of my jeans, and grog off to sleep.
The only cure is prevention… do not eat gluten.
What is gluten in? The main cereal grains: wheat, oats, barley, bran and rye. So I have to avoid ordinary wheat based bread, pasta, pizza, cookies, cake, beer, etc.
If only it were that simple. People sneak wheat into food all over the place. I have to be careful of certain products that I know from experience make me sick.
- Ordinary soy sauce must be replaced with an organic, specially-marked gluten-free soy sauce.
- Ginger ale makes me sick.
- Most restaurants coat their french fries in flour to make them crispier.
Eating out can be quite tricky. Aside from salad, the healthiest fast food I can grab is sushi. (Without the soy sauce, of course). I do best to pack lunches and snacks, and eat at home. My money is usually wasted at a fancy restaurant. I’d rather buy a good cut of meat and a nice bottle of wine, and dine where I can control the music.
So what do I eat?
- Fruit and vegetables
- Rice or corn based pasta
- Potato chips! (That’s my junk food vice)
And I bake my own bread using alternative flours made from: corn, chick pea, rice, potato, arrow root, etc.
If Gluten Makes You Sick
It is normal to feel a bit of anxiety while you adjust. I have been gluten-free since 2000 and after all these years, I can honestly say that it has improved my life. I am healthier and happier than ever. I have more energy, and my body is in better shape.
I find that the hardest time of day is late at night when I am hungry, but don’t have the energy or inspiration to cook a meal. You will want to plan ahead and have food ready for late night cravings. Cook extra portions of meals and keep left-overs in the fridge. Stay stocked up on snacks such as veggies and humus or nachos and salsa.
It will take time to adjust, but as your energy is renewed, you will find it gets easier. And once your body learns what it feels like to be enjoy gluten-free food and not get sick… your temptation to cheat will lessen. I used to have mad gluten cravings. I would want pizza or McDonalds. But I’ve had enough painful and painfully obvious lessons, my appetite rarely outranks my body.
You can do it. It won’t always be easy, but it will always be worthwhile.