If you’ve followed my blog, you’ll know that I started out on an experiment in 2012 where I researched, avoided grains; particularly wheat and did my best to improve my health. You’ll also know that over the last two-three years I’ve done everything I could to avoid taking any actual tests for Celiacs Disease.
I still have the utmost respect for my doctor who encouraged me to just stop eating foods with gluten in them if it bothered me to eat them and to not worry about the expense of paying for the tests for Celiacs Disease. At the time it was more than reasonable given that I didn’t have insurance. However, I’ve grown impatient with experimenting.
I don’t know about you but I’m not always the best at being highly regimented and let’s face it, there’s gluten in just about everything or so it seems. And can anyone honestly say they love all those box mixes for gluten free breads with the exception of maybe Namaste brand? I’ve had so many gastrointestinal upsets as I tried so many different “grains”.
For the sake of integrity and transparency, it was the wretched tasting, high calorie, bloating and even asthma attacks that led me to shy away from experimenting with much more than sweet white rice, brown rice, oat and potato flours. In good conscience I have to give a warning here that I am extremely disillusioned with alternative grains (really grasses and seeds) such as quinoa and sorghum to name only two of them. My allergic reaction to quinoa was evident within minutes. I ran for my inhaler and an antihistamine hoping for the best. Never again. The bloating from sorghum was worse than anything I experienced from wheat and regretted it for days. Enough is enough!
Ten days ago during a visit with an endocrinologist concerning my thyroid and my weight loss concerns we talked about ways to lose weight and in the course of the conversation when I explained my issues with wheat and corn, he suggested the screening tests for Celiacs Disease.
Since I hadn’t been very good at keeping wheat and gluten out of my diet we knew we could run the tests because I had six weeks of consistent gluten in my diet. My results were definitive. I do NOT have Celiacs disease. I am elated and disappointed. I am grateful not to have to work so hard to include alternative grains in my diet (which by the way are very high in carbohydrate) but I am disappointed not to have an answer. Gluten intake still causes inflammation and bloating. My doctor discussed with me that I may have difficulty digesting grains which may attribute to issues of bloating and cramping in the gut and inflammation from a build up of toxins with inadequate digestion.
It seems my journey isn’t over after all. Its just begun. The focus of my blog will now turn its attention on diets to ease inflammation and maybe I’ll just have to look at Paleo and other similar diets. And I will be investigating the gluten intolerance and sensitivities (so many interesting studies going on).