I feel like I’ve ‘come of age’ with my coeliac disease. I’ve been glutened!
My biopsy results aren’t back. Prior to the blood test I hadn’t even considered any form of gluten intolerance. Yes, I’d been feeling tired all the time and had some stomach issues but not as severe as some people.
So I’d had a great day buying up different gluten-free products to trial. I finished the day with a ‘normal’ meal of Iceland syn free sausages, burger, tomatoes, potatoes and egg. It was delicious. I even counted the syns in the gluten-free ketchup. About two hours later I started with stomach ache, rushing to the toilet (although not diarrhoea) and feeling sick. I’m now sitting typing this whilst feeling very queasy.
But how can I have been glutened? My symptoms never really seemed this bad before? I’ve been researching and stumbled across http://celiacdisease.about.com . Take a look yourself, but the gist was that once you’ve cut out gluten you can react badly to small amounts and cross-contamination. “Unfortunately, it’s common for your reactions to gluten — even to a tiny bit of gluten — to be very bad once you’ve gone gluten-free. You’ll need to guard against gluten cross-contamination at all times, but don’t worry — that soon will become second nature for you.”
So I feel like I’ve ‘come of age’. It’s highlighted for me that I almost certainly have coeliac disease or gluten intolerance. Looking back I’ve felt like this in the past and put it down to stomach bugs. This has always been curious when my husband has eaten the same food and been fine.
The culprit? The Slimming World burger from Iceland contains barley. I’d not noticed before. After the blood test I scoured my cupboards and fridge looking for products containing wheat. Only in the last few days have I found out that I can’t have wheat, rye or barley as they are derivatives. And that oats can be cross-contaminated. I’d checked more of my products but obviously not all. So I’m now expected to check every packaged for the rest of my life…and what if the ingredients change in a product? Do I have to recheck the packets every time? It seems so…
Hotel Riu Yucatan, Mexico
I’m off to Mexico in a bit. I knew I might be going before getting my diagnosis. It now seems that I’m going to have to be more careful than I previously thought. My plan was to just be a bit careful and steer clear of bread and cakes. I might have to rethink that as I don’t want to feel like this on a regular basis.
Before I go… The main symptoms suffered by many people seem to be (although you may only suffer one or two of these)
- constipation and/or diarrhoea
- brain fog
- rash – Dermatitis herpetiformis
- abdominal pain and/or heartburn
- joint pain
- depression and/or anxiety
Here are a few gluten-free Slimming World recipes:
Snacks & Lunches: