When Gluten Attacks

I had a work-intensive weekend as I prepared for Christmas in all aspects of my life- personal, spiritual, work- and had a lovely weekend with my boyfriend as well!

Except when I fell victim….to gluten. *cue suspenseful music*

I haven’t had full-blown gluten reaction symptoms in awhile, which would explain why it took me by surprise. In the midst of sicknesses everywhere, I truly thought I had the stomach flu….and then I realized, “oh! This is what it feels like to eat gluten.

My nerves slightly eased as I realized that my evening should not result in dire consequences, as I, fortunately, do not have severe allergic reactions to gluten. Thank goodness. But alas, I still suffered through the evening and am nursing my resentful body back to its normal state.

Last night’s stomach attack reminds me why I do eat gluten free. It’s inexplicably difficult to sacrifice food after food, restaurant after restaurant, sandwich after sandwich, for the sake of gluten. I miss so many foods- fried mozzarella sticks, SANDWICHES, wraps, the delicious bread you get at restaurants just for sitting down at a table and ordering food, etc. Some people think, “come on ! Have a bit of the bread. It’s so good . You won’t get sick.” because I have only been gluten free for a few years and I don’t have Celiac’s. But I still get sick. I still have reactions. And I still hate it when I do.

To you, the GFA reader: Are you a gluten free eater? Do you have Celiac’s? Are you striving to eat more gluten-free but can’t completely come to the other side? Do you suspect that you have a gluten intolerance and wonder if eating gluten free will help? I challenge you to try not to eat gluten for 10 days. Ten. Days. It takes that long for gluten to leave your bloodstream. Yes, I realize that you may not be able to until after Christmas, heavy laden with cookies and deliciousness, but I think you should try. It won’t hurt anything, it can only broaden your perspective.

And so, today, I continue to be a GFA. I am reminded that, although my blood work may say otherwise, I definitely have an intolerance to gluten, and I need to stay away.

It’s okay to get burned by the fire once in awhile, as long as it reminds you to stay away from the flame.

One thought on “When Gluten Attacks

  1. Barb Draa says:

    well written and thoughtful

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