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So I Glutened Myself...

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Well, over the last three days, I've glutened myself twice. Once on purpose, because my curiosity got the best of me - hey, I was the kind of kid who would grab the electric fence on purpose to see what it felt like - and the second time today out of habit. I spent the day baking cookies. I first baked myself some fantastic gluten-free oatmeal cookies, and then proceeded to make the regular kind and some ginger snaps to send to some friends for Christmas (and to get rid of all my baking stuff I can no longer use). Out of habit, I ate a few out of the last batch I baked tonight. About 30 minutes later, my insides were telling me something was very wrong, and I had to sit down and figure out why.

Now I feel pretty crappy, and really tired, but the thing that is most weirding me out is, I'm getting some vision distortions. The closest thing I can compare it to is when I was on a lot of hydrocodone after I shattered my wrist as a teenager. My vision is all floaty and stuff. I also can't concentrate. I'm sitting trying to type this post, and my mind will start to wander in mid-sentence. Is it normal for the concentration-inability to come back like this?

And is there anything I can take to ease the pain? It feels like a tiny man is running through my insides with a cheese grater...

So yeah, I'm having One Of Those Days. :(

Editus: For the record, today's reaction is nowhere near as bad as the one I had Saturday. Holy crap that was bad... Hurt so bad, D for hours, cramps until this morning... I was just starting to feel better, and now this, and the mind foggyness has come back.

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It's so hard not to get glutened, especially in the beginning. One month I glutened myself every week for 4 weeks in a row. It was like every time I relaxed about eating I would get something with gluten in it.

For me, not being able to concentrate is a huge problem when glutened. Also my vision gets really wierd too. I can't believe how much better my vision is now that I'm off gluten. It was terrible prior to going gluten free.

So to answer your question based on what I've read on this forum and my own experiences. Yes, it is normal for all or any of those annyoing symptoms to come back. Somtimes worse than before.

Hope your feeling better today.

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um..... been there done that, lol

Think most of us have I think.

It takes practice and a stubborness not to mention willpower.

My willpower came the day I called my neighbor over to the house and told her to "bring boxes" she inherited ALL my gluten foods, my flours, canned soups, pastas....... bet they ate for months on my pasta alone, even had wrotten out some of my favorite recipes which later the hubby said were awesome...... hope he still enjoys them.

I am currently weeding thru my old cookware and utensils..... glutened myself a couple weeks ago with my old rolling pin...... have a brand new replacement so my old one is going to a needy home.

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