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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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Beware of Cooking Sprays

April 16th, 2010

So yeah, I made these yummy brownie chocolate chip cookie bars that are supposed to be gluten-free, but my gut is telling me there is something wrong. What gives?

As I curled up in bed last night with Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s book, The G-Free Diet, I may have come across a partial answer. She spends a great amount of time talking about cross contamination in the kitchen, but she also mentions cooking spray with grain alcohol’s as a possible source of gluten. Did I contaminate my seemingly gfree cookies? I know when I ate a little bite of one tonight I started to swell up like a puffer fish. I’m taking some benydryl and calling it a night.

More research is obviously needed, but more than likely in the future I will probably just end up coating my baking dishes with butter or oil and skip the cooking spray.

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