So, I stopped eating gluten for about six weeks and I felt a bit better, but that could have been explained by the meds I am taking (Pepcid AC, and Prilosec). Yes, I’m still taking them, because when I stop taking them, the pains in my stomach come back. I’ve done some research and from what I’ve been able to figure out, I may have to take them and eat a bland-ish diet for maybe a year — some people have had to go for two years. The doctors don’t recommend taking them long term, but damn, I don’t want to be in pain.
Anyway, back to the gluten. So I stopped eating gluten and noticed that I was feeling a little better. Nothing to write home about, but a little better. The way elimination diets work is that you eliminate the culprit for a certain amount of time then introduce it back.
So I started eating gluten again. Just for a day or two… maybe three.
Yeah, it did a number to my guts. It’s like, “Oh light isn’t so bad… until it’s shining in your face.” I ate a little for a day and felt… I dunno, a little gassy and bleh. So I upped the ante and ate about double what I was eating, and boy oh boy was that a mistake. Cramps and gas and all kinds of IBS stuff for days.
So it looks like gluten free is the way to go for me. Which kinda sucks because I’ve already given up so much diet-wise. I mean I gave up tomatoes a long time ago, and in conjunction, all other things nightshade. Then it was onions and garlic because they’re, like my number one gas givers even though I love the taste of onion and I really love garlic. But yeah, they don’t seem to like me very much at all. Giving up broccoli was easy ^_^ but some of the other leafy greens… not so much. Now I drink my veggies in pre-made smoothies because I lack the equipment and the energy to make my own. Yes, I check the ingredients to make sure they’re not packed with sugar and other stuff. Anyway, my current diet is pretty limited, and now it seems I have to either severely cut back on the gluten or give it up altogether.
See, I’m not allergic to any of that stuff that I listed. None of it will send me to the hospital in shock or anything like that. I can eat it and come out the other end relatively unscathed. I mean if the mood takes me, I’ll totally have a slice of pizza — complete with tomato sauce, cheese, big puffy gluten filled bread-like crust (I’m not a thin-crust pizza person), with onions and peppers and all kinds of sausages that have onions and peppers in them… I can totally eat like, one slice. And I’ll probably be okay. But if I go hog wild and eat two slices or more, then I’ll pay dearly for it. Like, pain for days. We’re talking, rolled in a fetal position asking myself if it was worth the twenty minutes of pleasure for this much pain kind of pain. Like a food hangover in the guts. (Yes, yes it was. I like pizza.) Okay, maybe not that much, which is why I’d limit it to one slice… maybe. Ha! Anyway, I’m totally not allergic to any food, the word is “intolerant”. My body doesn’t like it and reacts badly to eating too much of it. Since I try to avoid pain whenever possible. I avoid things that bring pain to my body, and the line is so paper thin sometimes… Hence the severely limited diet.
So, now I know that gluten is one of those things. I’m almost positive I don’t have celiac disease, just sensitive guts. And a rebellious body that’s getting crankier every year. Eventually I’ll be down to sipping green tea and eating melba toast. Gluten free of course. Stupid body.
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