Last week (Friday), I had a gluten-downfall – my first in 4 months (diagnosed in October). I had lunch with my mom. She ate McDonalds and I had a sensible salad from Subway. She had a chocolate shake which looked and smelled incredible! I decided I wanted some ice cream, but I had to be careful … I started Weight Watchers a month ago (and lost 5 pounds so far!). I didn’t want to use too many points for ice cream – I was saving them for our anniversary dinner on Saturday night. So, I went with the least points – a small ice cream cone. I snarfed the ice cream and cone – although it wasn’t what I was expecting. Looking back, it wasn’t as good as I expected it to be.
Approximately 1 hour after I consumed the gluten-laden cone, I started cramping and realized I was having a bad reaction. I immediately popped some digestive enzymes that assist in digesting gluten. The pain got better and I went to get a pedicure. In the middle of a pedicure, I had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom! Eventually, I felt so sick, I couldn’t even finish – I had to leave early (and still pay the full price!). I came home and lost my lunch and the ice cream. That afternoon, I spent in bed with a heating pad and a book. Even now, a few days later, I can tell my system isn’t “right.”
I definitely learned my lesson – despite what I may thing, gluten is a BAD thing! Remember, it stays in your system for several days – even if the initial pain is at the beginning. Good luck to everyone!! I know it is – at times – very difficult to be gluten free!