Lesson Learned

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine unfortunately turned out a little different than expected as instead of celebrating my brother’s birthday, I was in the ER. You see, this past weekend I learned a very important lesson: if a food item doesn’t specifically say it is gluten-free, then don’t eat it. Remember how I was testing to see if I had an issue with gluten? Well I got my answer the hard way on Friday.

It all started Thursday night when I reached for a late-night snack. I never eat cereal (I find the one bowl is never enough so I gave it up years ago) but occasionally enjoy eating Crispix or Chex as a snack. Well when I saw Crispix sitting in the pantry, I wondered if it was gluten-free. I looked at the box and in my sleepy daze didn’t check for the GF label, but rather reasoned that because Chex is gluten-free, and because this is made of rice and corn, it must be too. Right? Wrong. Crispix actually contains malt flavoring which is NOT gluten-free.

The next morning I woke up feeling sick but went to work anyway. I knew my stomach felt “off” but I figured that it would go away by the time I got to the office. Unfortunately, that was not the case and I spent the majority of the morning on the floor of my office bathroom, (i.e. public- gross) repeatedly throwing up. As if that weren’t bad enough, I was in killer abdominal pain. My brother had to come pick me up on his lunch hour and my coworkers had to carry me out because I was so weak. I wish I could say that’s where the story ended. Instead, I proceeded to spend the next 8 hours throwing up uncontrollably. It was not a pretty picture and I was becoming severely dehydrated as I was unable to keep anything down- not even a teaspoon of Sprite! At this point, my family was getting worried about me as I was in screaming pain and had to go to the ER.

Luckily, after being pumped with fluids and medicines, the pain decreased and I began to feel a little better. One thing I didn’t realize was that a side effect of the gluten consumption was extreme fatigue (not to mention all I had gone through!) so I basically spent the rest of the weekend sleeping! Thankfully, now that the gluten is out of my system I am feeling much better. Given what happened and my history, it looks as though I have Celiac and I have a lot of emotions about this new diagnosis. On one hand, I feel encouraged and am hopeful that this will be the answer to all of my abdominal issues. But then there are times when I feel a little sorry for myself, that from now on, I’ll have to be conscious of every little thing I eat or drink. That I’ll probably never be able to have bread at restaurants or my Grandma’s Christmas cookies again. And let’s face it… that sucks. But it’s my new reality and I’m trying to have a positive attitude about it. I’m so lucky to have an incredibly supportive family who has been dedicated to finding me great, gluten-free products and is there for me with the range of emotions that follows a diagnosis like this. So from here on out, what changes can you expect to see on the blog? Well, a whole lot of gluten-free recipes and some of my favorite product finds and less french toast and carby brunches at restaurants. (I’ll save those for home!) Thanks for taking this journey with me!

Questions:

-Have you had to make any dietary changes for your health?

-Any other items that seem like they would be gluten-free but really aren’t?

-Positive stories about going gluten-free?

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9 thoughts on “Lesson Learned

  1. I want to reach out and give you a hug- for real…..It is so hard to hear that you have to make changes like that are really hard, it’s a complete shift in thinking and a complete shift in your reality with food. The Grandma’s cookies is the toughest one- you can give her coconut flour for Christmas and maybe she can make you some gluten-free cookies just for you (Grandmas are sweet like that :) )
    I can see you taking this and completely showing it who is boss and making awesome changes to impact your health- you’re going to rock this change! That positive attitude is going to take you far!
    I just got the news that my dietary needs have changed and I’m being forced to give up most of my favorite foods- I’m praying that it isn’t long term though.

  2. Wow I am so sorry to hear that!! I have never heard of such an intense reaction to gluten (usually when I hear people talk about it they say they always just thought they had stomach issues). I never knew it could be so butal! I hope you are feeling better and I think it’s awesome how well you are handling all of this!! I know it must be tough and I want you to know we are all here for you :)

  3. WOW! I’m so glad that everything turned out okay!

    And I know it may seem saddening and discouraging that you’ll have to skip out on bread and cookies that used to be in your diet, but I promise that it gets MUCH much easier over time. You may miss those foods at first, but it will become second nature to you soon, and youll find new foods to love!

    If you need any help or someone to talk to about this kind of stuff , I’m here girlie<3

  4. Oh my, what a terrible story! Throwing up is the worst, and adding dehydration into the mix just makes it all the worse. I’m sure you’ll find lots of GF recipes to replace all of your favorite foods, and that just means you have an excuse to do a lot of cooking and baking!

  5. Ekk. My poor friend :( so sorry your weekend turned out like that, but at least you know now … right?
    On a better note, there will be tons of new foods that you love! I swear! Beanitos are one of my new favorites that I would have never discovered had I not been avoiding gluten!
    Hugs. Just think. At least it’s not dairy that did this … aka our cheese date is still on.

  6. Oh, Emily, I am so so sorry to hear this! :’( It sounds like you had a really rough weekend; I’m sending huge “feel better soon” hugs! <3 For me, the hardest part about being diagnosed with gluten sensitivity was coming to peace with the fact that some of my favorite foods would no longer be on my plate. At first it was really upsetting, (I threw myself a pity party nearly every day), but over time, I began discovering how fun gluten free cooking and baking could be. I became more inspired to make things that I wouldn't have made otherwise, and as a result, my meals and snacks were much more exciting (and delicious) than they ever had been. AND there are so many delicious GF products on the market now, not to mention fantastic GF bakeries (check out Mariposa in the Ferry Building; I stock up whenever I'm visiting) and GF restaurant menus (most places go out of their way to accommodate you, which means better service!). :) I know this will be a huge adjustment, but your positive outlook will prevail! You're going to feel better than ever. Hang in there, girl, and if you ever need any support, advice–or just a place to vent–I'm just an email away. <3 xoxoxo

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  8. So sorry to hear this! I’ve been gluten-free for a few mos now and I promise it does get easier! For baking try Thomas Keller Cup4Cup GF Flour – it’s fantastic, and you literally can’t tell it’s GF. Gilt City sells it in a big bag. I’ve been pumpkin bread baking up a darn storm! Hope you feel better! (And anytime you want to go out for a GF meal – I’m so in!)

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