The Gluten Test

So I’m digging out the ol’ Blog for a very specific purpose. I stumbled across an article a week or so ago on symptoms of Gluten Intolerance. Now I’m aware of Gluten, Gluten-free products, Gluten allergies, etc. It’s hard not to be in our world but I’ve not really given it much thought as a possible cause of my pain and fatigue. Honestly, like most non-Gluten sensitive people all the Gluten this and that elicited much eye-rolling from me. Tell me “I have Celiac disease” and OK, I’m with you. But tout the Gluten-sensitive speech to me and I suddenly find myself consciously not rolling my eyes at you.

I’m a brat. This is not news.

Frankly, and as a feeble defense of my bratty-ness, I’ve had my fill of health fads and bandwagons.

Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this article that listed Ten Common Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance and 7 of them I complain about on a regular basis.

So I researched and found more information and more inclusive lists and discovered that many, many, many – if not all – of the symptoms can also be related to other issues. But 7 out of 10 still rang in my head and truth be known, I’d rather have one thing wrong that is causing 7 symptoms than 4 or 5 different things. Right?

Right. So, with mixed hope as to the outcome of the trial, I’ve decided to seriously test this Gluten-Intolerance possibility. I’ve printed the long list of symptoms (much more than 10) and highlighted those that definitely match my issues and underlined those that somewhat match my issues (more than 7 combined). I’ve discussed my concerns and goals with my family to ensure they understand why and are, if not fully on board, at least not going to give me flack about it.

And I’ve set myself a 3 month plan. Most research shows 2-3 weeks is the minimum gluten-abstinence needed to test if intolerant followed by controlled re-introduction. I am giving myself the first month with no gluten whatsoever. Me and my body are going to hate this. HATE. IT. So we need time to adjust. The second month will hopefully be my month of sustained gluten-free in which I can start judging how much better I feel. And month 3 will involved weekly re-introductions of gluten to see how I respond.

Sounds clinical enough doesn’t it? Regardless, it is the plan.

As I mentioned earlier, I have mixed hope of the outcome. To finally find a fairly common and mostly simple (and moderately inexpensive) solution to so many issues would be a wonderful thing. What would it be like to live in a world free of chronic knee pain or not feel exhausted all the time for no reason? It would be beautiful. BEAUTIFUL.

But to never eat so many of my favorite things again will be so very, very sad.

We shall see. Today is February 1 and the DAY 1 of no gluten. I am not looking forward to the next two weeks as I know they will be the worst of the ‘withdrawal’. My body always, always, goes through a withdrawal process when I eliminate something. But I will endure.

The plan is to update the blog weekly. I’m not awesome with follow-thru so we’ll just see how long that lasts.

🙂 Here I go.

-Jen

 

 

 

 

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