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Oh god, I feel your pain . I do not have Celiac but a pretty nasty intolerance to gluten. Even before I was diagnosed with this, there was a time where I had no idea what was going on with me. So many times I would go to University (about an hour away from home) and need to run out of class just to go to the bathroom. I never did puke but I would spend hours feeling like I could alongside pooping endlessly. The worst was when I moved over to Germany for the first time and met my husband's very German family. His mother cooks traditionally and German traditional food is heavy with wheat & dairy. At the time I had no idea about my problems with gluten. I can remember, she fed me a big fat breaded schnitzel with green cabbage and mashed potatoes. I felt the symptoms within 20 minutes and had no choice but to excuse myself. Ended up staying in the bathroom for the rest of the night and the next few days. Turns out I was not only intolerant to gluten but also lactose.
For the longest time, his mother thought I hated her cooking. Lol, it's been a long rough road to teaching her that I actually had health issue.
I'm a Canadian that has been living in Berlin, Germany for a little over two years now. One of the things that I first noticed was the labeling laws in Germany. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING needs to be labeled properly. The label needs to specify which starch they have used, which specific flour they have used, what allergens are contained in the product and most companies are now putting a gluten free logo on the package. (They even stick this on bacon and meats). I find it very odd that the label would not have specified if it was dusted in wheat flour. I can say that this is not normal and in fact against the German law.
If it was a German product, the label should have clearly stated weizenstärke or weizenmehl in the ingredients. Although you never know sometimes ...
It's really sweet that he's taking your diagnosis seriously. I think for most, a lack of understanding can be an issue with a new diagnosis for a couple. I know mine was. It took nearly a year of talking and educating not only my SO but also his family to understand what it meant when I would get sick from eating any gluten containing foods. I think it's important to give it time, especially if your diagnosis is recently new? He's just concerned about your well-being. Which is great! Of course, you will still feel like crap occasionally and your body needs time to heal when you make the switch to a gluten-free diet. So, this is something you should really emphasis with him.
But like I said before, it's really great that he's supporting you. That just means he'll be making sure everything is extra gluten-free whenever you guys go out to eat.
Where exactly are you going in Europe? There are many really great gluten-free brands available all across Europe. You can usually find these in large supermarkets, health stores and even pharmacies. Great brands include Dr.Schär, Glutano, Hammermühle, Finax, Procelli etc. The two really big ones that I've been able to find across Europe have been Schär and Glutano. They have a whole range of products that are not only gluten-free but also lactose-free.
Here is a gluten-free travel guide on where to get certain products and at which stores all across Europe! http://www.coeliac.gr/library/downloads/Docs/Documents/Travel_Guide_Coeliac_Youth_of_Europe.pdf
Don't fear travelling because of gluten. Embrace it. Just stay away from foods that you are not sure of! You may not be able to try some of the local foods but in the end it's not really worth it. Good luck & have fun!
LOL, this is so funny. The first few months after I was diagnosed I would dream that I was happily eating away at some giant slice of pizza or a giant chocolate cake and to realize only after I was finished that it was all gluten! Cue the panic nightmare scenario. But I rarely get those anymore
Oh no! Hope you feel better quickly! I have yet to hear about taking laxatives to help the gluten work its way out. I know for myself, I get immediate symptom relief from brain fog and nausea once I poop it all out , not sure if this is what you mean by taking laxatives? I would suggest that when travelling stick to foods you know are gluten-free. With the salad, I would have skipped the salad dressing and stuck with something like olive oil and salt. There's always a 50/50 chance that waiters and chefs will either give you the wrong answer or just won't care. Like many said above, it's kind of difficult to reduce the reaction. Once it has started, it's already too late. I would suggest drinking lots of water, sticking to a very bland diet, sleeping it off and try drinking some teas, preferably something with ginger and lemon to help clean out your system.
Sorry to hear that you've been glutened! This is the worse! May I ask if the breaded chicken was gluten-free or not? Certainly your symptoms would have been even worse if it wasn't, especially if you've been on a gluten-free diet for 1,5 years. The only thing I can say is that everyone's body is different and we all react differently to ingesting gluten. For myself, depending on the amount I ingested, my symptoms will last between 1-3 days. My advice to you would be to hydrate with lots of water and to eat a very light diet of rice, raw juices and crackers. Your body is fighting of the gluten proteins and unfortunately it feels like food poisoning.
Also try some ginger lemon tea! This is always my go-to remedy. It will all pass very soon