I stopped eating grains, sugar, and starch (essentially low carb with the exception of vegetables other than carrots and potatoes) about a month and a half ago. I might have had trace amounts, but it was generally completely out of my diet in every way.
Last night I was at a baby shower and I at a small slice of cake and a nanaimo bar (a square made with icing, coconut, graham, and chocolate, common to Canada). Within a few hours my stomach was roiling and I felt cold and sick. That night I slept very poorly, and I woke up this morning still feeling extremely icky inside with nausea. The eggs I forced myself to eat for breakfast didn't sit well with me. Additionally, I developed a migraine headache and joint pain, particularly in my wrist and elbows. I had a similar (but less violent) reaction a week ago when I ate soup that had been made with a small amount of flour as a thickener.
I've never considered that I might have a wheat or gluten intolerance, but my roommate does, and though he still eats gluten-containing foods (I have no idea why), he's described it when he gets 'too much' and it sounds a lot like what's going on now. My question for this board is are these reactions consistent with a gluten and/or grain intolerance?
All I can say is that if this is what I'm going to have to go through for a piece of cake, I'm better off without it all around!