I am updating my website this weekend - hopefully. Under Health Tips I wrote a short article on Gluten.
As I was writing it, from my own experience in the last few months, I thought, wait - I should post this on my blog and maybe get a conversation going.
I'm sure that some of you out there are having problems tolerating gluten or maybe you haven't realized that was what might be causing some of your problems.
Or if you are having a challenge with Gluten, how are you coping? What do you eat that works for you?
This is a bit of the repeat from my website. Up until a month or two ago I didn’t worry about gluten. I've had very few allergies or food challenges in my life. I had cut back on bread because of the carbs and I didn’t eat a lot of wheat products normally. Then I had one of those urges and I pigged out and had three slices of multigrain bread. I got severe abdominal pains, like sharp knives stabbing my abdomen. I felt ill, worse than any fly. The pain eased slightly day by day, but the episode last for ten days.
I decided I must have a gluten allergy. I also read an article that said we were exposed to more and more wheat/gluten in our diet. It’s added as filler in soups, sauces, tomato sauce and I don’t remember what else, but they are hidden. We don’t even know about them. They aren’t actually listed on the ingredients section. So we are being exposed to more and more of it, which is probably why we have more people developing problems with digesting gluten.
So I am now trying to avoid wheat and gluten, apparently this includes barley and rye, and avoid any repeat of my previous episode.
I am staying away from anything with wheat. I am avoiding canned foods because they sneak in all sorts of stuff. I am reading labels and eating more rice products. So far it’s working. With GMO, and hidden ingredients, eating is becoming more difficult, especially as you get older. I think your body has a harder time coping with over exposures of some foods.
I got gluten free bread for when I get a real craving for bread. I get a few tummy rumbles if I eat things with gluten but nothing like that one episode.
I'm posting a recipe for gluten free pancakes I got from Livestrong on my website when it's updated. www.beverleybateman.com .
I'd love to here from any of you that have had any experience with this. I'm interested in learning more about it. Please share your information.