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I'd Rather be Gluten Free

After explaining to a friend the prescribed action for celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance—a lifetime avoidance of gluten from wheat, barley and rye—I am often met with the sympathetic reply, “that must be really difficult.”

 

As someone living with severe gluten sensitivity, I know that most days it’s not so bad, and only occasionally do I rush starving into a convenience store voracious, in search of any allowable snack.  Though ultimately, I, like most would still argue that living without gluten is much easier than living with it and all of its awful effects.

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IBS, constipation, gas, bloating, brain-fog, acne, rosacea, dermatitis herpetiformis are all symptoms of celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  So is it easier to treat, accept and mask any one, or even all of these afflictions or to shop specifically for gluten free foods, cook more meals at home, order off the menu and read food and cosmetic labels?

 

Of course, I do occasionally long for the days when a lazy Friday evening dinner required no more than dialing up a pizza company.  But when I recall my life before going gluten free, the days during which I was 10 pounds heavier, fighting off unexplained acne breakouts, brain-fog and other digestive troubles, all of which required multiple medications and treatments, I can easily reply, “It’s really not so bad.”

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Anna and Marie

said this on
11 Oct 2008 7:16:16 AM PDT
Love this article! When people tell me they feel sorry for me I become disgusted. I feel sorry for them just because they don't know what they're missing out on! I would love for them to become a healthier and happier person but hey, what can I say?!

 
Kay

said this on
13 Oct 2008 10:19:32 AM PDT
I totally agree with your attitude! I just developed a gluten intolerance this past year as an effect from an illness and have learned to adjust. I already ate healthy and now I am doing so even more! Just that occasional food that sounds good like pizza or a pasta dish or Dairy Queen Blizzard that you must stave off temptation. Also, being careful at restaurants with seasonings! Either way, knowing how to feel well and being able to feel well and look and feel healthy is a blessing from the Lord!

 
annie

said this on
19 Oct 2008 12:35:09 PM PDT
You are so right. That is exactly how I feel/felt since starting the diet 2 years ago. So glad you started your business selling gluten free beauty products. I just recently threw out my 'hypoallergenic' make-up. Then switched to Gluten Ffree beauty products and think it has made a world of difference. I knew something was still bothering me but did not know that it could be mascara and eyeliner! Thanks so much!

 
Vivi

said this on
24 Oct 2008 10:57:49 AM PDT
I agreed with you until the point where I become severely sensitive. Now I got bloating even when I go to a gluten free pizza shop (there is such a place and they even do delivery). Many processed foods that do not contain gluten affect me.

 
Karl

said this on
10 Jan 2009 10:14:58 AM PDT
Don't forget the other proteins called gliadins. As a true blue (well not so blue as that would indicate another condition) celiac I am a no W,R,B. Spelt, Oats, Buckwheat and even quinoa zone, not to mention soy and lactose. Its tough finding a girl with no wheat on her face. (the old adage was egg but it needs an update).
Please keep in mind that bloating is caused by yeast. Most pizza dough contains yeast. I cheated for the first time in 6 years and made pizza from a gluten free pizza mix (sorry Uncle Bob) I used the yeast. BIG MISTAKE!!! Could have used my mid section as an anvil. Nasty little bugs. But, I chose them, not the other way 'round. Good news is they are easy to whack. Lots of hot pepper! I did this when I was on antibiotics in Nov. '07. I put hot sauce on everything I ate. As a result I final kicked the redcurrant sinus infection and did not suffer the ills of explosive yeast growth in the gut.

By the way if interested I'll post a a little diddy of a re-write of the night before Christmas, for celiacs of course. Warning: It may offend those die hard fans of Santa's bowl full of jelly.

As Julia Child would say, 'Bon Apetite' . Did she ever do anything gluten free?

 
2much

said this on
11 Jan 2009 12:14:01 PM PDT
Gluten-free is easy. I'd kill for gluten-free. Try it without corn, purines, iodine, chocolate, dairy, mushrooms, soy, vinegar, etc. and then there are people worse than me that can't have eggs, or even rice! Life sucks everyday, all the time. Can't I just take some interveinous form of food so I can bypass my stupid digestive system? I'd be fine with never eating again... just fine.




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