Gluten-free Update

sliced breadIt’s been two months since I decided to go gluten-free. I have to say, it hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it was going to be. It’s forced me to pay more attention to ingredient lists and sometimes search for alternatives, but because of how mainstream gluten-free eating has become, there are a huge range of options.

One of the things that I made sure to do was to have a Celiac Disease before I had followed a gluten-free diet for an entire month. I’m grateful to say that I tested negative for Celiac, though I am wheat sensitive.

I accidentally consumed wheat twice over the past two months and purposely consumed it once. Each time, I experienced swelling in my joints and intense pain. I also experienced the classic symptoms of bloating and stomach pain. The consistent reactions that I was able to replicate indicate that the sensitivity isn’t in my head, especially since I had the same reactions when I unintentionally ate wheat.

What does this mean for the future? Well, I’ll continue to seek out alternatives and share the successes and failures here. With the local food season going into full swing, veggie-heavy meals will be on the menu most nights. It’s always exciting to be presented with new-to-me produce from my CSA and to develop recipes around them. It should be an interesting summer.

But for the next two weeks, I’m going to be gallivanting in the desert, consuming Tasty Bites and Tanka Bars — the staples of our camping meals, but not very exciting in terms of a food blog. As soon as I return from vacation, I’ll be back to blogging. Until then, try some new recipes and drink lots of good wine.

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  1. I have been gluten (and sugar) free for two weeks now and have to agree that it has not been as hard as I thought it would be either. I tested negative for Celiac too but have a definite sensitivity and the same symptoms you described. I don’t think I have ever felt better. I look forward to reading your recipes. Enjoy your camping trip!

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