Monday, March 23, 2015

Living Gluten Free: the Journey

My journey with living gluten free actually started a few years ago after reading a Slice of Life .  I started reading about "One Little Word".  I chose health for my one little word for 2013.  A positive word.

What followed was much different than I imagined.  I was starting with a new doctor and new tests.  He was concerned with my liver level enzymes.  More tests - I was not hearing back from the good doctor so decided to try my own research.

I started with Mayo clinic website.  As I looked at possibilities many I was able to eliminate out of hand.  Towards the bottom was "gluten sensitivity" could be the culprit.   My mind thought ah this will be an easy check.  I have a new test in two weeks I will eliminate gluten and see if it makes a difference.  (For those who understand, yes I was NAIVE with capital letters.)

I went gluten free, I was clueless.   About two weeks in we met friends for dinner.  I ordered the broasted chicken and peeled off the skin thinking problem solved.  Before we left my stomach was queazy.  We got home - I spent the next three hours in the bathroom, vomiting and coping with problems on the other end.

I realized that peeling the skin off did not solve my problem.  The meat was pressure cooked forcing the gluten into the meat.  I also realized that I did have a sensitivity.

The next round of tests took me to a new doctor.  I asked about testing for gluten sensitivity.  She said that in order to get a good reading I would need to be eating gluten when they tested me.  Once the results were back the only thing they would tell me was not to eat it.  I decided to skip the tests, I already knew that answer.

Sadly it was not the answer to the liver problem.  They decided they had no answer and would continue to monitor.  I have now been living gluten free since January 2013.

Fortunately I have many more choices than people had even five years ago.  Then there is the internet, lots of support.  I have friends and family who look for new foods to share.  And I have a husband who reads labels.  I am truly blessed.

6 comments:

  1. Your journey seems to be a lot like mine. I also did not do the tests either. I didn't need to. I stopped all gluten just over 5 months ago. When I cut it out, my life became pretty normal again within 2 weeks. I kept going to see if it could be a placebo effect, but it doesn't seem to be. When I eat something and have a reaction, I research the foods to find the culprit, and there always is one - something hidden or you wouldn't think of - a gravy, a sauce, "one grill cooks all", etc. My husband, also, is very helpful in reading labels with me and making sure I don't get some by accident. And life is much easier!

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  2. Also check your makeup including lipstick. When I feed the dogs I always wash my hands well so I don't touch something else.

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  3. Thankfully you found the way to better health for you. Gluten does hide in places you least suspect it.

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  4. Great that you were able to figure out the culprit and that you have a husband who helps make sure you don't accidentally ingest something that will cause problems. Continued good health.

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  5. My daughter has celiac woes and so has been gluten free for many years - so many more options these days, which makes life better.

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  6. Wow I think it must be especially hard for a young person. According to some of the research I have read 45% of Americans have some kind of gluten sensitivity. (Sensitive - Celiac) Most have yet to be diagnosed. Here is hoping for more options for everyone.

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