Being Gluten Sensitive/Allergic

Hi everyone! So, today’s post is more of a Q&A situation because I will be talking about being gluten sensitive. I’ve been having trouble recently with gluten and I found out 3 weeks ago that I am gluten sensitive.

For those of you who don’t know what a gluten sensitivity/gluten intolerance is and what causes it:

Gluten Intolerance Definition

Gluten is a protein found primarily in wheat, barley and rye. If a person has a gluten intolerance, this protein can cause digestive problems such as gassiness, abdominal pain or diarrhea and sometimes rashes/ hives.

If you experience this consult your doctor.

How did you find out?

Although there is a lot of misinformation out there, there is actually no test to test for a gluten intolerance or sensitivity (only for Celiac and like diseases). So, I consulted with my doctor and was put on a strict meal plan and cut out and then reintroduced gluten into my diet overtime. With this we were able to determine that it was in fact a gluten intolerance.

Is being gluten free hard?

At first I have to say it is a HUGE life change, but after some time and gain in knowledge it gets easier. I would say that eating out at restaurants is the hardest thing because you don’t want to get sick but you have to be careful of things like cross contamination and restaurants claiming something is gluten free when it isn’t.

What symptoms do you experience?

Not to get too personal, I had all reactions listed in the definition above. I actually had it for a while without realizing the cause was gluten. Overtime I got more and more sick which warranted me to consult with my physician.

Does gluten free food taste gross?

It’s something to get used to but gluten free pasta tastes almost exactly like normal pasta. Some premade things don’t taste the best like cookies but you can always make it from scratch.

Does it make you sad?

Not necessarily. I got used to not being able to have gluten foods. But what does make me sad, is that there are a lot of people that make jokes about those that are gluten-free without understanding the pain and suffering that people with celiac disease or gluten intolerances actually go through.

I hope this post helps you understand gluten intolerance and gives you a relatable understanding if you experience any type of allergy, intolerance or disease. This is not a medical guide so please reach out to your physician if you have anything to be concerned about regarding your health or call 9-1-1 if you are in an emergency. 

-Stay Chic,

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