Carol Collett

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I Got Glutened

Sunday after church we went to eat at a local restaurant. I thought I was reading the menu carefully. Clearly, I was wrong.

In October I removed gluten from my diet in a kind of experiment after my mother received test results indicating a gluten allergy. I didn’t think it would amount to anything. I thought I’d be back on my usual diet after a couple of weeks. Nope, within 48 hours of ingesting no gluten I could tell a huge difference in how I felt.

I’ve learned  a lot since then. One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not easy learning to read food labeling-the whole label-not just nutritional values.

Another lesson learned Sunday-tell the restaurant staff the food must be gluten free. I ordered a grilled chicken breast with grilled veggies on a skewer and a sweet potato. Seems benign. Nope. The chicken was served on a bed of rice pilaf and instead of asking for another order, I just took the chicken off the pilaf and tried to scrape any clinging pilaf bits off the chicken. Then there was the matter of the sauce on the chicken. It was a creamy parmesan sauce which I assumed-see that word-would be okay. No. No. No.

Within an hour of eating, I had stabbing stomach pain with nausea, a headache, and various other symptoms. I’m finally feeling back to normal this morning.

Here’s a link to an article at Gluten Free Easily my friend Shannon shared with me about how to recover from being glutened. I found it a very interesting read.

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2 thoughts on “I Got Glutened

  1. Hi Carol, I’m so sorry that you got glutened. That’s just miserable. It’s always a shock to us and, of course, to our systems. It’s only after we remove gluten and are subjected to it again that we truly see its full impact, and as you’ve shared so well, it’s not pretty. Glad to know you are back to yourself again now! Thanks for the linkback, too. That post and all the comments have been helpful to many.

    Best,
    Shirley

    • Thanks for your kind words. I’m enjoying your site and the treasure of information you have there. Thank you for compiling all of that for those of us who are new to living gluten free.

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