Turning A New Leaf-AGAIN! A.K.A Living Gluten Free

Hi, my name is Jaime and I am a gluten-aholic…I should say, I am an easy eating aholic, cause let’s face it..living gluten free is damn tough to do. You have to think ahead, prepare, questions chef’s the world over and buy yourself different foods then the rest of your family. However, my health has taken a nose dive as a result of the excess of gluten I have ingested over the holidays…and I am in tidings of discomfort and pain..discomfort and pain…Ohhhhh tidings of discomfort and pain.

I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance YEARS ago in Toronto, and I successfully lived gluten free for a year at least and felt amazing as a result. It was easy there, I had my beloved Carrot Common to supply me with endless pre-made gluten free breads and other baked goods. Then I moved to Halifax in 2007, when finding gluten free bread that was fresh and delicious was an exercise in futility. Since then however, the gluten free market locally has exploded and there are tons of options. I have just grown lazy. My body however has made it clear that enough is enough. It’s time for a change. I have been living in pain for a week straight, my longest lasting flair up yet and it’s only going to get worse. The acidity and burning in my body and all the other ‘unpleasant side effects’ have convinced me to buck up and make the necessary changes before I really regret it.

Here is a list of all the side effects of a gluten intolerance, the one’s in bold are the one’s I have long suffered from:

  • Upper repository tract problems
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Aching joints
  • Eczema
  • Short stature in children
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Depression
  • Attention and behavioral problems (in children and adults)
  • Autism
  • Skin problems
  • Keratosis pilaris
  • Asthma
  • Irritability
  • Decline in dental health

As you can see, there are many very uncomfortable side effects I live with as a result of this choice to continue ingesting gluten. Due to the very high acidity level in my gut (yet I don’t suffer from heartburn or acid reflux? ) I had to get fillings done on the front tops of my teeth. My gums were receding fast and causing sensitive gaps in the tops of my teeth, my dentist observed that the enamel on my teeth as a whole was very worn.  I have had persistent cystic acne for years. Fortunately it’s only one for two pimples at a time, so it’s not wide spread acne; however, it’s deep painful cysts of pimples that will stay put for weeks. Both my daughter and I suffer from Eczema; and I had Asthma as a child, but it seems to have passed.

Anyhow, bottom line is, I have lived a gluten free life and felt significantly better as result, so I know it makes a big difference. Also, as of late I had very painful, highly acidic bowel movements that irritate my skin to the point of bleeding (I know, I know TMI) I joke with Evangeline that we both have diaper rash. Needless to say the time has come to make the change….before I look back with permanent damage to my intestinal track and regret it. So were off. I will stock up our freezer with gluten free bread, we long ago moved the whole family to rice pasta for the couple of times a month we do eat pasta and we always have loads of fresh fruit and veg in the house. It’s really just a matter of education the husband on not adding gluten flours and grains to dishes I will have to share, like thickening with wheat flour for instance. I have already informed him he can use Tapioca flour to thicken sauces the same way he would use wheat flour or corn starch.  I made a gluten free pizza crust the other day that was a big hit, so he is open to making some changes in his diet as well.

So if you have links to great gluten free living blogs you would like to share, please share away. I would love to add them to my Blogloving list.

Peace Out 🙂

Momma Maynard

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About mommamaynard

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” — Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on January 12, 2012, in Blogging, cooking, Gluten Free, Health, Uncategorized, Well Being and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I finally convinced my husband to go get tested as I told him it was not normal to feel THAT bad ALL the time. I read through your symptoms and can check the majority of them. Guess I’ll have to learn gluten free cooking too.

  2. Hey Girl –

    I totally recommend GLUTEN FREE GIRL… her blog is amazing. I didn’t realize you had a gluten intolerance.

    I’ve been diagnosed with a gluten allergy, and I’ll be having the biopsy of my stomach done to see if it’s celiac.. I suspect so. Thankfully I’ve been so lucky and I don’t get GI upset with wheat… I just get horrid rash and itchness, asthma attacks, and pale mouth sores… not to mention the joint pain that’s present constantly.

    I had thought I had been doing a good job of cutting it out but it’s in SO MANY THINGS!! Wish me luck and luck to you too!!

    Lisa

    • Lisa, I didn’t know you had been diagnosed with this either. I have never had the medical test done ( I really should, just to know) I was diagnosed by a Naturopath in Toronto that did a battery of tests for food intolerance’s and I had a bunch (Gluten, Coffee, Pork, Dairy) but Gluten was the worse by far, the rest just irritate my system a bit, the gluten is wow painful irritation.
      It is VERY hard and it’s in soooo many things..It’s crazy, best way is to not eat any processed foods, then you KNOW what your eating. Then find a few brands you know and trust and stick to them. Did you know Oats cause a major flare up cause their processed in the same factory as wheat, thus cross contamination? I LOVE oats, but they make my tummy crazy angry.

  3. Good luck! I know how hard it is. I love Elana’s Pantry, her recipes are great!

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