I started out optimistic and positive about eating gluten-free, based on the immediate and significant benefits I received once I stopped eating it. Even though I didn't test positive for Celiac (which made all of my gluten-eating friends happy, because they thought I could cheat once in a while with no long-term repercussion), I have never caved to temptation to eat even a little gluten. I thought being so conscientious and well-behaved would translate into feeling better. That hasn't happened like I thought it would. Now, I just feel hopeless and frustrated.
Whole foods: Kinda expensive, huh? I'm doing my best, but the cost of food is killing me and I'm running out of both food and food money before payday.
Accidental glutening: no good dietary deed goes unpunished, it seems. No matter how conscious I am with food choices, I seem to have a small but miserable reaction almost on a weekly basis, and I can't pinpoint what I ate that secretly contained gluten (or something else I'm sensitive to?). Frustrating.
More food sensitivities: I can't help but notice that dairy and possibly corn seems to be a problem. I want to stay in denial so that I have more foods to choose from, but... yeah. The thought of having to limit my diet further makes me want to go lie down in a busy street.
Food paranoia: it's exhausting. I don't feel I can trust anything I eat anymore. Even/especially items labeled "gluten-free."
Sigh. What I would give for those carefree days when I could eat anything prepared anywhere...
One cute thing: When I prepare a sandwich for my eight year old, she reminds me to wash the gluten off my hands.
I'm one week off gluten (again) after my brief gluten challenge, and I am just NOT hungry. I've been forcing myself to eat a couple of small meals each day because my stomach rumbles and I can tell my body is hungry, but the thought of food usually makes me feel slightly gross. I'm making delicious homemade mostly whole-foods meals, but nothing really tastes amazing, and after I eat I feel like I could have just as happily NOT eaten. Also, it's been a week, and the bloating is just now abating. Is this normal; my gi tract just trying to heal? Or does the loss of appetite stay?
I'm not complaining too much... after all, I have 15 pounds of gluten weight to lose, and a closet full of clothes that I miss wearing... (also miss having cheekbones and one chin)
As a newbie, my friends are nice enough to keep buying me packaged, processed gluten-free stuff, but I'm starting to feel I can live without almost all of it. Everything except pasta, maybe. Do many of you do nothing but whole foods? I can see how it could be done... a little more work, but doable...
Because my doctor, right after my endoscopy last Friday, had me call in to make an appointment for two weeks out. I'm guessing to go over my results? Is this just another co-pay grab? Is there something I don't know?