Apr 10

Mon '17

Gluten free?

Ever since having babies, I haven’t really blogged about just “me.” Although, babies and kids are now my entire life, I thought I’d write a post about something that is going on with just me. Sadly, when going over different topics in my head, everything I could say seems like I will be complaining. Ah well, I still feel like I need to get stuff out. So I am choosing the biggest change in my life right now.

For the past 2+ months, I’ve been feeling quite ill, on and off. I get nauseated quite often and have been having tummy/food processing issues. It occurs mostly at night and it’s been awful. I have been to the doctor twice already and both times have been told to take some probiotics to try to regulate my system. I have been on the probiotics for over a month and still no improvement. I feel okay for a few days and then crappy all over again. It’s a vicious cycle and I am really getting tired of feeling sick. Between Jadzia getting up 4-6 times per night and then feeling ill at night, my sleep is horrific. I am not feeling healthy or rested at all.

Of course I worry that something more serious is wrong with me. Oh you know, cancer and terminal illnesses go through my mind constantly and those thoughts are not helping me get better. They stress me out even more, which is also a bad thing. I am grasping at straws as to what is wrong with me. I’ve lost over 12lbs in the past 2 months (without trying to lose anything) and I’m at a loss for what could be wrong.

I’ve decided to try anything to feel better. What’s the harm, right?! So this week I was researching and thought that I would try going gluten free for a little while to see if that makes any difference. If it doesn’t, at least I will have ruled something out. I know a lot of people have stomach issues when it comes to gluten and maybe that’s my problem too. It would be weird for gluten to all of a sudden to start bugging me, but maybe it has something to do with being pregnant and my hormones. Things in a woman’s body change so much during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

I want crackers

So I am learning now that there is gluten in almost everything I like to eat. I look in my fridge and freezer and all I can see is carbs and wheat! It’s in so many sauces as well. I am reading labels really carefully. As much as I want answers, I really don’t want to be gluten free for life. It will be a huge challenge to constantly be on the look out for gluten in everything I eat. Food allergies really do suck! However, if I do feel better after cutting out gluten, then it will be worth it because the past 2 months have been torture. Anyway, I am on day 3 of gluten free right now and haven’t noticed much of a difference yet. I am going to give it a good month (I hope) before I give up.

If the gluten thing doesn’t work out, I might try cutting out dairy for a bit and see if that works. Again, it would SUCK to have a food allergy, but worth it if I feel better.

Does anyone else consume a gluten free diet? Care to share any pointers, recipes, anything?! THANKS

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3 Responses to “Gluten free?”

  • Cristina Robinson
    April 11, 2017 @ 8:27 am

    A couple things I would try would either be the elimination diet, where you eliminate a bunch of foods and slowly introduce them to see what you have a reaction to, and/or do a food allergy test. Everlywell has a food sensitivity test that I’ve heard good things about.

    I thought going gluten free would be really hard, but there are a ton of GF substitutes out there to make it feel less overwhelming. Seriously, I bet looking at what you have in your house there is a GF version of almost everything. Restaurants are becoming really good about either having an allergen menu or indicating what items are GF.

    One of my favorite websites for GF and overall healthy recipes is Dashing Dish. She also includes all the nutritional facts as well as WW points.

  • Kylie
    April 11, 2017 @ 8:32 am

    Hey Carolynne! I’ve been gluten free since Oct 2012 (omg), and you’re totally right — if you don’t have to be, I wouldn’t recommend going there! Gluten is in EVERYTHING, but if you start to feel better nothing will make you want to eat it again, I promise.

    I second what Cristina said: try an elimination diet if you want to test all possibilities at the same time (which would be hardest/easiest to measure). It’s not fun to focus that much time and attention on food when you’re a busy mom, but it might help you feel better. Whole30 is a great 30 day elimination diet that helps you reintroduce and identify potential triggers at the end of the program.

    If you have any other GF questions, let me know here or on FB πŸ™‚ Would be happy to help!

  • Cat
    April 12, 2017 @ 11:45 pm

    Sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling well πŸ™ I hope you figure out what it is soon. Like others have mentioned, I have friends who had to do an elimination diet to really narrow it down.

    Gluten really is in a lot of things! Fortunately, I see a lot of gluten-free substitutes in stores now, and when I used to bake gluten-free, I kept the recipes mostly the same but I used all-purpose gluten-free flour and a gluten substitute (like xanthan gum).

    I hope you feel better soon!

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