Sunday, January 26, 2014

Gluten Free

I am now part of the gluten free community. I have been tested for Celiac, early in the days of finding a 'cause' for my daily headache. It came back negative.

Fast forward 4 years and I am reading more about the other symptoms of gluten intolerance and decide to go gluten free for a month and see how I feel. It took three tries for me to get to the month mark. The second time I made it three weeks and had some pizza. Then I had a really bad week for head pain (I still have a headache of some degree or length 15+ days a month, but that is a long story for another day) I started to think about both times I ate something with gluten and realized both times were followed by noticeable head pain.

I gave it another try. I made it through the Christmas holiday season without a cookie or roll. I knew I needed to test my theory one more time. Last weekend we went to a favorite Italian restaurant. I had wonderful garlic knots and pasta. Followed by a day of noticeable head pain. That was enough to convince me... gluten is a trigger that can/will increase my head pain.

Of course this week I was ready to throw in the proverbial towel. The headache just wouldn't go away. I didn't eat any bread, pasta, etc... Then I read a blog that mentioned Pringles are made with wheat flour. WHAT???? I didn't read the label. I know potato chips aren't a health food, but who puts wheat flour on potato chips. Apparently Pringles do. Thus explaining why my headache stuck around.

Being gluten free isn't easy. It is easier than it was just a few years ago. Since I am not grain free, I still eat rice pasta and use rice flour blends for baking. I am learning about GF baking, it takes some fineness for sure. But I will keep plugging away at it. I have found some great bolts with recipes and tips to help with this transition.

Here I go into a new venture in the journey called life. Until next time.

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