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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
And So... This Gluten Thing
Shortly after giving birth for the second round, I found myself feeling nearly-always bloated, struggled to lose the extra weight, fatigued (beyond the usual “I have 2 babies now – AHHHH!” fatigue), experiencing cramps of 2 kinds… lower digestion issues, as well as feeling like my period was just around the corner on a far-too-regular basis… I had other weird hormonal symptoms, as well as general indigestion that only seemed to be stifled by – well – by waking up in the morning, having not eaten food in more than 8-10 hours.
Finally – 8 months into this, I figured out it wasn’t just “I’m trying to get my body back after having another baby 17months following the first baby…” post-pregnancy after-math. Visited the doc, whose instincts are rather admirable. I described my daily ordeal, and she scheduled some tests. She felt there were 2 sets of symptoms, and suggested that in the meantime, I also avoid gluten in my diet for about a week to see if it made any difference for me.
All I have to say is – 48 HOURS. Holy Shit Mama – I’m a whole new girl! Hey – some of these pants fit me again too… So NOW what?
My symptoms all but disappeared. I couldn’t believe it… Feeling good, but now I had this new hurdle to traverse. Recognizing (after some intentional and unintentional home-drawn ‘tests’ of my own) that even the hormonal indications were a result of my gluten intolerance, I decided it was in my best interest to continue to avoid it. I’m not the sweetest, most patient person when my hormones are all whacked. (Not to mention, continued gluten ingestion, when rejected by the bod, eventually degrades the body’s ability to absorb any nutrients from your food consumption – and this only worsens over time. Light-bulb-moment: No wonder my second babe couldn’t handle my breast milk, in spite of my other diet adjustments.)
Gleefully, my research highlighted many favorite foods that I would not have to give up, or that could be fairly easily substituted. (Joy!)
Even though substitutions exist – and it’s becoming a much more common and better-understood prob – I do miss my ability to eat certain things… such as Pizza… (Particularly the Trader Joe’s Organic 4-cheese variety, that my husband scents the house with on a regular basis during baking), and cookies (they do make them gf – but man – just NOT the same…so far, anyway.) I also miss cake (though I’m looking forward to trying a well-reviewed box-mix newly available. A good friend also has a pretty darn good gf home-made recipe. These just aren’t as readily available. If you don’t make it yourself/ are a guest for someone’s celebration-involving-cake, chances are – you don’t get to indulge.)
BUT – the silver lining (which I always strive to locate) is this: I’m forced to eat healthier [ie: no doughnuts, cake, cookies, or anything breaded & deep-fried.] In some cases it’s rather ironic, however. No whole-grain bread for this bread-loving diva anymore! Make that – NO bread…at all. (Well, except for the gf varieties. You can’t miss them – they are either frozen, and/or weigh the equivalent of a brick. Their texture is pretty much instant-cornmeal-like-crumbs-in-your-mouth, causing you to beg for anything moist to help get it down. Really? I’m SO over that.)
TIP(S)! Check out Trader Joe’s for a 7+ page list of Gluten-Free (gf) foods!