Mystery (possibly) solved

Have you ever had weird health symptoms that just wouldn’t go away? Or a condition that persisted no matter what you tried? I’ve had a set of symptoms present for years including stomach issues, canker sores, and depression that I’ve gone to multiple doctors about and nobody has ever suggested that they were connected or had anything to do with gluten.

Throughout our relationship, Keith has noticed certain similarities in my health and his. I brushed it off because I figured “There’s no way that I could have Celiac! A doctor would have diagnosed me long ago!” Finally though, I developed a skin condition that prompted me to go to the allergist and figured “What the hell? I might as well get tested.” So I went in to see my wonderful allergist, promptly became ill at the sight of the needle when she went to take my blood, and went along my merry (albeit a bit wobbly) way. She called about 10 days later to let me know that my IGE number (the one that measures antibodies present against wheat) was slightly elevated. Basically, that means I’m (possibly) allergic to wheat. UGH.

I’m Italian, so this is a huge deal to me. I can’t eat pasta or cannolis or crusty Italian bread. I can’t have pastines in my Gramma’s chicken escarole soup. I can’t have minestrone, pannetone, Italian meatball cookies, or mannicotti. Basically…I was pretty sure that my life was over. I know it sounds melodramatic, but food is a huge deal for me and for my family and this felt like the end of my world in a lot of ways.

The amazing thing about being allergic to wheat is this: wheat is omnipresent. SERIOUSLY. Name a processed food…there is likely wheat in it. My two favorite stunners are soy sauce and ice cream. Wheat is often used as a thickening agent and is present in foods that you would never imagine. The reality of my new life is that I spend the majority of my food shopping trips reading ingredient labels and looking for code words for wheat and gluten. You should try this sometime, you’ll get a kick out of products that have what seems like a completely unecessary amount of wheat in them. The plus side is that this is going to kick me in gear to make MANY more things from scratch, which I should have been doing anyway to avoid the processed food trap. I enjoy a large variety of veggies and unusual ingredients (I already owned soy flour and pearl tapioca…what what!) so I’m hoping this won’t be a horrible transition.

Thankfully, Keith has been really supportive of my decision to stop eating wheat. I’ve been wheat-free now for 2 weeks and I really am starting to notice small differences in my health. I feel fortunate that someone could recognize my symptoms for what they were and that my health has been improving! It’s amazing the conditions that we learn to live with, never realizing that a solution could be out there or that our symptoms are all connected.

I wanted to post a link to the Celiac Disease Foundation in case you had any questions. Stay tuned for my adventures with gluten-free baking….oh boy. 🙂

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4 Responses to “Mystery (possibly) solved”

  1. suburbanette Says:

    Cake Love has a big selection of gluten free treats! I am glad that you figured out what was wrong with you…sometimes I think I have a wheat allergy as well but I am too afraid to go to the doctors.

  2. suburbanette Says:

    Cake Love has a big selection of gluten free treats! I am glad that you figured out what was wrong with you…sometimes I think I have a wheat allergy as well but I am too afraid to go to the doctors.

  3. wholarmor Says:

    So sorry. My kids had a gluten allergy, and it was tough. My daughter was also allergic to dairy and soy. Try finding stuff that doesn’t have dairy, wheat or soy! It’s tough. My kids ate a lot of rice. And the gluten free stuff is expensive, too! I’m so glad they outgrew it.

    I liked going to Baskin Robbins because they would lay out the allergens in them. They actually have some good ice cream out there that doesn’t have gluten in it!

  4. wholarmor Says:

    So sorry. My kids had a gluten allergy, and it was tough. My daughter was also allergic to dairy and soy. Try finding stuff that doesn’t have dairy, wheat or soy! It’s tough. My kids ate a lot of rice. And the gluten free stuff is expensive, too! I’m so glad they outgrew it.

    I liked going to Baskin Robbins because they would lay out the allergens in them. They actually have some good ice cream out there that doesn’t have gluten in it!

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