It’s very obvious when I eat something that I shouldn’t. Within five minutes to an hour I will get very sick from the food I just ate, and I will get sick from everything I eat for up to three days afterwards. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease about 12 years ago. I was undiagnosed with it, and told I just have a wheat allergy about 3 years ago.
When I was originally diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the nutritionist gave me three pages of foods that I could no longer eat. I read a lot of books and articles about it too, and although I didn’t get completely gluten-free for two years, mostly due to stubbornness but partly due to not knowing what I could and could not eat, I managed to finally start faithfully following the diet.
Eating gluten-free when you’re not in the least interested in following a healthy diet choice is amusing. I didn’t know how to cook, and once spent 9 hours trying to make a gluten-free pizza that turned out horribly. The bread I tried to make could have been used for door stops, and no matter what I’ve ever tried, I cannot get yeast to raise in homemade gluten-free bread. So, now, I either buy it, or don’t eat it!
The mistakes I used to make were funny too. For about 6 months I would chew on a piece of licorice and complain to everyone that I was eating gluten-free, and doctor’s were dumb because I was doing everything right and still getting sick. I never looked at the ingredients of licorice, because it never occurred to me that licorice could be anything except for plastic or wax or something. Lo and behold, 6 months later I looked at the ingredient list and just about cried – the first ingredient surprisingly was wheat – not plastic. I had to give up pizza and now licorice???? Doc, you’ve got to be out of your mind.
I was always determined not to be a bother to anyone else. I learned that when everyone else was drinking beer, I could drink tequila. I learned that at a late night restaurant I could eat nachos while everyone else ate pizza. I learned to always say yes when someone invited me over for a barbecue, but to say no when someone invited me to a sit-down dinner.
I had to be the most reluctant gluten-free, and now wheat-free person in the world. People crack me up when they say how healthy I must eat being wheat free. But for me, now that I can eat gluten, I am enjoying eating fruity pebbles and rice krispy bars. Mmmmmm.
If you’re having to go through a doctor requested diet change – have faith. You too will find ways to make it pleasurable rather than boring.