After my miscarriage in February, I had began experiencing some horrible abdominal pain and indigestion, exhaustion and brain fog (think “mommy brain” on steroids! lol) So I did what I know you are not supposed to do and I went to google. At least I didn’t come to the conclusion that I am dying when I googled “abdominal pain after miscarriage”;) I found a few articles relating gluten intolerance to fertility issues. The only way to diagnose a gluten sensitivity is to eliminate it from your diet, which they advise doing while in the care of a doctor and dietitian. I, of course, am too stubborn and too cheap! So I eliminated gluten on my own. And let me tell you the results were mind boggling! I had thought that my continued exhaustion was related to G not sleeping through the night until 12 months (do you ever catch up from that??) or the fact that I had been pregnant twice in a four month span of time. Now that my GI system is not irritated and inflamed by gluten I am able to absorb the nutrients that I need and I can see that it was not related. I cannot explain how much better I feel! I have always had digestive issues, but why it got to the point of being unbearable after a miscarriage and at almost 26 I will never know. Do I hope that this is temporary and that someday I will be able to eat gluten again? Heck yes!! Though, from what I have read it does not seem likely. For now I am saying a sad farewell to Jet’s Pizza, fried sushi rolls, Panera Bread, Jimmy Johns, Taco Bell, Olive Garden, and a host of other favorites.
Cutting gluten has not been nearly as hard as I thought. At first it was daunting and for the most part I simply did without gluten filled things like bread, doughnuts, cookies. My first experiment with GF baking was pizza crust (I have an awesome homemade gluten-filled recipe;) which I still have yet to master! The hardest thing for me has been having recipes turn out inedible! My sweet hubby would always say “It’s not that bad, honey.” I quickly realized that just because a GF all purpose flour says it can be exchanged cup for cup of wheat flour doesn’t mean it is true! GF baking is truly an art! I cannot wait until I have more time to experiment with it. For now I settle for frozen bread and spending $5 for 16 melt-in-your-mouth GF cookies. Haha
For the most part we have eaten out a lot less. I did recently eat at a burger place that used the same fryer for their fries (that did not contain gluten) as other gluten filled things and cooked gluten free and gluten on the same surfaces. I decided to attempt it (that burger was soooo worth it!) because our waitress actually had a gluten intolerance and said she had never had a reaction. I didn’t have a reaction either thankfully. Not something I want to risk often though!
Oh and you may think I am hard core but trust me it is easy to be hard core when faced with the options of pain or pain free! This is the only “diet” I have ever stuck to. Anybody else eat GF?
***Nothing in this post is intended for medical advice. Please consult your physician.