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katiehammond

Ate Gluten Accidentally, But Didn't React! Why?

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Last night I went out of my comfort zone and tried a new restaurant, Tin Drum Asian Cafe.  I ordered the sweet and sour stir fry with sauteed chicken from the gluten free menu.  The food was delicious, but it wasn't until after I had devoured ALL of the chicken that I realized the chicken was not sauteed, but fried. Fried in a gluten-full breading that I have been fearful of for the past 3 and a half months. I do not know why I did not notice that the chicken was fried when they brought out my bowl, but it did not take long afterwards for me to begin to panic.  This was the first time since my diagnosis in April that I had eaten a substantial amount of gluten.  

 

My usual symptoms of gluten poisoning include dull aching pain in my upper abdomen that begins about 30 minutes after eating and lasts for a few hours.  Last night, however, I felt no pain at all! This was exciting, but also confusing. What would cause my body to not react to the gluten this particular time? In the past I have reacted to meals at restaurants where I could not identify the source of the gluten. It doesn't seem to make sense to me.

 

Does this ever happen to anyone else? 

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As you ordered from the gluten free menu, it is possible that your chicken was fried or sauteed in Rice Flour.  P.F. Changs does the same using rice flour, and lightly dusts the chicken, for several of their gluten free dishes.

 

But, yes, sometimes... often times, things are just a mystery. :rolleyes:

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This isn't the first time I read about someone consuming considerable amounts of gluten and having a reaction different from what they were expecting. The same thing happened to someone who had been gluten free, then started eating toast for their gluten-trials. I'm not sure if their story ended with a late reaction however. Let us know if you start reacting, as I'm really curious. 

 

Even if you're not symptomatic, you should probably still double up on probiotics and drink a lot of water. 

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since i have been gluten free for quite awhile, my reaction to getting glutened starts slowly - headache, neck pain, etc,  soooooo tired and very, very snippy - full on 'validation' doesn't come for 2 days for me.  gives me time to clear my schedule.  for 14 days.........   :(  so far that has been my normal 'glutening' - it used to fool me into doubting if "those doctors" weren't wrong.  AGAINNN   :(  but no, just delayed.

 

hi, i'm arlene, and i have celiac....................

 

edited to add:  what dani says:  i would probiotic up and drink alots of water.  also wanted to add that i have avoided being glutened since february, so it's sort of a record for me.  the longer you keep at this, the better you get at it  :)  

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I get pretty immediate symptoms when it happens to me, but it passes (lol) quickly. Sort of. I then have the same time frame of about 2 days to clear my schedule, clean my house, get ready, because I am about to become useless. I get to be useless for about a month with another 2 weeks afterward where I only feel mostly pathetic.

 

At home, I made breaded chicken balls. They look exactly like the sweet and sour chicken/pork/whatever you get at any take-out place. They are gluten free and are made so quite easily. There is no way based on appearance or taste that anyone would know that they aren't your standard take out "breaded" chicken. (Not breaded at all, because it is done entirely with starches and rice flour, which doesn't seem far fetched to be completely natural in an Asian kitchen. Did you ask them if it was accidentally the wrong thing or are you simply assuming it was based on appearance?

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