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
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Mouth ulcers
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Aching joints
- Short stature in children
- Abdominal bloating
- Crohn’s disease
- Attention and behavioral problems (in children and adults)
- Skin problems
- Keratosis pilaris
- 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 🙂
Posted on January 12, 2012, in Blogging, cooking, Gluten Free, Health, Uncategorized, Well Being and tagged alternative flours, Celiacs Disease, cooking, diet, gluten free cooking, gluten free living, gluten free products, health. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.