The Gluten Roller Coaster

There aren’t many foods that I miss, being gluten free. In fact, I took a slight, um, detour for a few months and started eating gluten again. I did it because I was curious how I would feel and if it was really necessary to stay off it.

I was shocked that at first, I felt okay. I honestly expected to be doubled over in pain within minutes of taking those first decadent bites of chocolate cake.

What? You didn’t think I’d waste my gluten trial on something healthy, did you?

This was back in October, and before I knew it, I was eating gluten daily. Eventually, though, my symptoms started returning — some I’d even forgotten about. In particular, I was nauseous ALL. THE. TIME. That reminded me that I used to often get nauseous after meals, before I went gluten-free in November 2010.

I had some other unpleasant symptoms that I will not share with the world-wide interwebs. You are most certainly welcome!

On December 10th, I started back on my strict, 100% gluten free diet and within 24 hours, the nausea was entirely gone and has not returned. Amazing.

Suffice it to say, when the gluten collects in my body, over time, it starts to bother me in various ways.Β Ironically, many of the glutenous foods that I indulged in during my 2-month hiatus didn’t taste nearly as good as I was expecting them to. It’s just not worth it. Except for pizza. Now THAT was every bit as good as I remembered.

I am a strange case, in that my doctor suggested 5 years ago that I might have Celiac Disease, and tested right away for it. When it was negative, I wrote it off, even though many of my friends made comments from time to time that my symptoms were suspicious. It took me 4 years after that negative test result to give the diet a try and found it to benefit me. I’m a classic case of “non-celiac gluten sensitivity”.

Many people have a long road to their diagnosis of Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity. I thought this discussion in our Udi’s Gluten Free Living Community was interesting, and if you are curious about gluten-free living and why people decide to subject themselves to it, you might find it interesting too.

It’s a shame that gluten-free foods have become somewhat of a “health fad” because for some, gluten-free living is essential to general health and well being, and their diet restrictions should be taken seriously. Eating gluten free is not necessarily best for everyone, though, and you shouldn’t assume that it’s automatically a healthier way to eat. (There’s a lot of gluten-free junk out there!) For those who aren’t sensitive to gluten, enjoy it! Eat an extra slice of pizza for me!

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Disclosure: I’m a BlogFrog Community Leader for Udi’s Gluten Free Community.