being newly diagnosed with gluten intolerance, i have a lot to learn. i mostly cleared out my kitchen of gluten containing products. i shop exclusively at wholefoods and traderjoe’s bc they have a good selection of gluten-free foods. but really, i keep thinking, how bad could it be if i ingested a little gluten as opposed to to a lot of gluten? well, i learned it doesn’t matter how much gluten it is… even the tiniest bit affects the gluten intolerant.
i purchased barbara’s rice puffins, which clearly states gluten free. and trader joe’s says all of their dairy products are gluten free on their website. so, e (my son) didn’t eat all of his breakfast, so i decided to finish it yesterday morning, thinking both items were gluten free. well, a little after finishing off the yogurt and cereal, i got a bad headache and felt unwell. then i read from other ppl’s blogs and discussions that flavored yogurt may contain traces of gluten. “traces” of gluten was making me sick. this morning, my husband informed me that the cereal, although gluten free ingredients, was made with equipment that also makes products containing wheat, which means the cereal also contains traces of gluten.
well, i’ve learned my lesson. READ ENTIRE LABEL! just bc it says gluten free doesn’t mean it is gluten free. i had such a headache yesterday and was in such a fog, i couldn’t drive my daughter to school. back before the diagnosis, there were many days when i was “sick” and couldn’t do much. and the rest of the days were just a slightly better “sick” where i did do stuff but never felt great. and now that my body has become a no-gluten zone, thanks to the colonoscopy prep cleanse, it reacts to even the slightest bit of gluten.
so there it is — our house needs to become a completely gluten free house.
so what do i do when i go out for weddings, parties, and other get-togethers? it’s not like i can raid the kitchen and read all the labels. and cross-contamination would be everywhere! i can’t even use the toaster for gluten free bread if it was used for wheat bread. or even a cutting board.