Sunday, October 30, 2011
Seven weeks into my real gluten-free diet the wheels came off. I was derailed. I fell off the wagon and on to a pizza. And a coconut cake. Go hard or go home, right?
It started Friday minutes after lunch. I just finished yellow dal with cardamom and clove basmati rice from the Indian station at work. A euphoric yet foggy feeling rolled through my head and then my stomach turned. A similar, more aggressive, reaction happened last week after eating black lentils but I ignored it. Turns out the lentils "probably" contain wheat flour to thicken the dal.
At first I was angry and blamed the cafeteria for luring me with spicy aromas and not labeling the food. But I reminded myself that I am consumer with food allergies and I have to ask questions. On a positive note, the lentils explain why I've itched consistently in past weeks.
Instead of eating clean after weeks of accidental gluten sabotage, I conscientiously ate foods that I shouldn't. First, Papa John's pizza topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and bell peppers. J ordered it after the Fitz & Tantrums concert. I didn't suggest or condone the purchase but I (temporarily) enjoyed it. The logic: I already have wheat in my system and will be itching so why not eat the pizza too. Poor, poor logic.
In the wake of gluten-consuming guilt, I cut a wedge of Jennifer's coconut birthday cake. Why not dig the hole a little deeper? Now, after packing consuming ingredients that cause my eczema flareups, the allergy symptoms are piling up. Waves of nausea. Itchy arms and scalp. Dry mouth. Numerous digestive issues. Looks like I'll be postponing my follow up with the holistic doctor since I haven't maintained a gluten free diet. And it appears I'll be making more Indian food at home, starting with chickpea curry.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Last week I fulfilled the first of two bridesmaids jobs for the year. Even though I didn't drink any of the endless supply of 420 and Sam Adams, I nursed hangovers. My blood was Champagne and Chardonnay. A night of bubbles, white wine and hard cider is just as lethal as high gravity beers. I'm sure they contributed to the lovely 2lb weight gain. Booze is bad.
The alcohol options in bars are limited for gluten-free drinkers. Some doctors say it's fine to consume grain-filtered liquors like vodka and gin. Some patients won't take the risk because they've had painful results. That leaves us with four options. We always have wine; I love crisp Spanish varietals. Then there's tequila - a true liquid monster. I can't turn down a jalapeno margarita from Pozole.
Third option is gluten-free beer. I have no experience with these but I think it's time for research. And my new favorite bar beverage is hard cider. Ciders, while they don't compare to the Winter Warmers at Brick Store, are light, flavorful and refreshing. They come in dry (yum) and sweet varieties. I've tried these four:
- Woodchuck Pear - Sweet and full of pear flavor
- J.K.'s Scrumpy - Painfully sweet. Drink in small quantities.
- Strongbow - Dry and comes in a tall-boy can. Worth having.
- Crispin - Super good, dry and delicious. I'll drink it year round.
|Crispin Cider at Yeah! Burger|
Gluten-Free Diet Update. Week 5 - Still itchy. Probably because I had pizza last Sunday and granola on Wednesday. It could take months for my body to heal but I've been itching since 2009. I'm over it.