Gluten pollutin’

Since I have a knack for sharing too much, I’d thought I’d clue my bloggy folk in on my latest escapade.  For most of my life, I’ve been wrestling with a smattering of auto-immune diseases.  Are they the worst thing in the world?  No.  Are they a super good time?  No.  After talking with my doctor and digging through the far corners of the Internet, I realized that although not completely proven, there are some serious links to food intolerance/allergies and certain auto-immune issues.  If I wanted to see if food was polluting my insides, then I need to cut out all types of food that could be the culprit and then slowly add them back in one at a time to see if it causes any of my symptoms to resurface.  It’s called an elimination diet and from what I can tell in a panicky sort of way, it narrowed my food scope down to spinach, water and ice cubes.  Although an elimination diet is the right way to go about this trial, for me, it just seemed too hard.  After conferencing with the Hubs, we decided to pick one common culprit, eliminate it for at least a month, and see if anything feels better.  And the culprit we picked to detox from…was gluten.

We are only two weeks in and it’s going ok.  But maybe that’s because we are still recovering from a rendezvous with one of those tubes of pre-made cookie dough as a last hurrah Gluten Binge before we got down to it…

Amidst the annoyance and carb yearning, I’ve come away with a few things learned.

THINGS LEARNED

  • Gluten could be lurking in almost ANYTHING, which is a heinous way to go about things.
  • Hubs is dropping weight and he already has skinny on his resume.
  • The salad challenge is going well because I fear if I don’t eat a salad, I could starve to death.
  • My favorite cupcake place makes awfully good gluten free ones.  Hallelujah.
  • I haven’t had any conclusive results and it could take a long time, if ever, to see if it’s helping which is so super sad.
  • Colorado hippieville is actually a great place to cut out gluten because they love their picky people.
  • Someone that will give up waffles and bagels for you is a person you’ll want to stick with for the long haul.

We have a few more weeks left and then we’ll reevaluate this gluten free business.  So, raise your coffee (gluten free!) and we’ll toast to keep on keepin’ on (hey, did someone say toast?!).

Oh and also?  I’ll be posting a killer Smore Bars recipe later on this month.  You should make them and think about how I can’t eat any but really really want to, okay?

13 thoughts on “Gluten pollutin’

  1. It’s been a tough ride and we are only a couple weeks in!

    Gluteny foods I’ve been missing most: pizza, cookies, bagels, toast, sandwiches, pancakes and cupcakes (special message to Tee & Cakes: please make the choco-maple-bacon cupcake your gluten free one pronto!)

    Thank goodness for coffee, salads, rice and peanut butter! Those are about the only items keeping me from shriveling to nothingness.

    • We may have to start adding chocolate to your morning oatmeal to beef you up a bit. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

  2. ugh, that sucks! I’m sorry! I understand your food troubles…I have problems with dairy foods every once in awhile and it can be very distressing. I hope things keep getting better for you.

    • Thank you, Kate. Dairy could be causing me trouble too so we may have to investigate that as well. Darn it all, I love me some good cheese!

    • It might be worth a visit to your doctor and giving him/her a list of all your symptoms ~ I was at an allergist appointment and I was filling out a seemingly random list of questions and that’s how I found out about the dairy problem and it ended up explaining a lot…all I do now is take a Phillip’s pro-biotic pill before I know I am going to eat a lot of dairy products and my tummy is happy :)

      • Good advice, I will have to check that out. So many people have troubles with dairy and I would be foolish not to consider that I might be one of them!

  3. Considering everything that you have to give up, I sort of hope that the Gluten Free diet doesn’t work?? I hope that just being in healthy Boulder, CO will do the trick and having less stress will make everything better for you and your insides :-)

    • Tai, you are right on. Stress plays a huge factor so I am hoping our change of pace makes the biggest difference of all!

  4. Poor Zack. Poor Candace. I don’t think it is gluten. I hope it is gluten because living without dairy is a life I do not want to live. Brie and aged gouda, sour cream and yogurt. Don’t let SIL lose any more weight. You could make him gluten free tacos with cilantro rice and beans, just like chipotle. Cheese and some hot sauce. That will fillyou up. Plenty of guacamole. So many auto-immune diseases on the rise….very strange. Weather, petrol, food, fertilizer, processing – takes large amounts of investigation. lv mamap

    • It’ll be so hard to narrow down but I figure anything that makes me eat more salads is probably a good thing in the end. I’ll need to sneak calories in Zack’s morning coffee (he doesn’t take it with cream and sugar) but what about a dollop of butter?

  5. You are so funny! The 1/4 cup of whipped cream will be a great substitute. Coffee was made for cream and sugar. Life was made for cream and sugar. I can’t wait to see you even if it involves another gol darn wedding. hugs to everyone and i hope you are feeling better.
    lv mamap

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