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Feeling Crumby

April 17th, 2010

Ever since Easter I haven’t been feeling my best, which is a bummer because I was starting to feel so good. I got the stomach flu before Easter, which was viral because my husband was sick 24 hours after me. I think my recovery was especially slow, because I was glutined around the same time.

When I started feeling back to normal, I went to my first holiday dinner gluten free. It was hard not to eat my mom’s homemade rolls, but she went above and beyond to accommodate my new diet. I overindulged in gluten free sweets, with some candy that may be gluten free but has additives that have possibly caused my fibro to flare.

On the way back from West Virginia we stopped at Wendy’s, which is a gluten free friendly fast food chain where I got the casear salad sans croutons. Everything was going great until 15 minutes after eating my salad my throat started to swell up and I started coughing trying to get my breath. The salad dressing was gluten-free but listed anchovies on the ingredients….maybe another food sensitivity? My allergist tested for this a year ago and I had no reactions at all for my skin test! If it wasn’t the anchovies, what was it?

The weather has been absolutely beautiful here in central Indiana, and I have been doing my best to enjoy it, but I am in quite a lot of pain again. Nature is blooming and my nose is dripping, but I don’t have allergies! The funny thing is taking an antihistamine seems to help with what seem to be allergic reactions I am having, but it makes my fibro pain worse. WHY? I’ve been so sick this school year, that I have used up all my sick time and can not get in to see the allergist until school is out for the summer.

Besides the allergies, I am growing more and more concerned about cross contamination exposure to gluten. In Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s book The G-Free Diet, she says that one small crumb of bread can make a gluten-sensitive individual sick for days. I’m surprised by this, but maybe it is true. My husband’s toast crumbs travel and I make my salad on the same counter. When I am packing up my salad for lunch in the morning what if a crumb lands on it? Is this why I am feeling sick?

Hasselbeck also talks about how she is always washing her hands after preparing food for her family that is not gfree. Today my son had a regular hot dog, cheetos, and a cookie for lunch (not his typical food). I had to touch the hot dog bun to throw it away, cut up his hot dog, and help him get his cookie out of a baggie. Then I snacked on a Larabar. Did I make myself sick?

So my goal for this week is to designate a gluten-free counter in my kitchen and keep it spotless! I wash my hands frequently, but sometimes I don’t think about washing my hands again after preparing my son’s food. There is so much to learn with this new way of living, but hopefully it will be worth it.

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  1. April 19th, 2010 at 09:57 | #1

    There are some things I don’t like about that book, but in these two instances, Elizabeth is right. You could easily be getting cross contaminated. I have always been very sensitive to gluten, though probably not as sensitive as I used to, and I know that I will react to a crumb, even trace amounts. A designated counter is a great idea. I have a designated gluten counter and keep everything else gf. You can read about it here” http://www.glutenfreehomemaker.com/2008/08/gluten-counter.html I hope you are feeling better soon!

  2. April 20th, 2010 at 11:53 | #2

    I am gluten free but also react to foods and sometimes have no idea where it’s coming from. I’ve pretty much eliminated cross contamination and am wondering if there is another food I am sensitive to but not allergic to-I had allergy testing done and it showed nothing. It is frustrating though.

    I haven’t read the book and honestly was never planning on it! But the crumb issue is true. Gluten is sticky stuff and can stick to your fingers, etc.

  3. April 20th, 2010 at 11:55 | #3

    Oh, a few things I have learned though is you have to have probiotics in your diet, sublingual B and D3! They all help the tummy take in the nutrients and stay calm.

  4. April 22nd, 2010 at 19:38 | #4

    @Linda
    Linda, your website is so hopeful. Thank you for the advice.

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