Its pretty safe to say that if I’m not writing here every other day, that I’m either insanely busy or in the throws of my own conflictual drama with food and gluten. The later is usually truer then the former.
I was away from home a week ago and ever since those odd yet familiar symptoms have been plaguing me. Achy joints, foggy head, odd taste on my tongue, bloating, and general fatigue… are all indicators that of course I had gluten in something I ate.
I’ve been ignoring the fact that I have to become even more stringent then I’ve been the last few years. Cross contamination is an issue, which of course makes eating out near impossible now, unless the restaurant is very well versed on how to keep a gluten free section of a kitchen. As you can imagine, the whole thing just pisses me off and its not a nice feeling to have to sit with.
So today, sitting at my usual spot in Cafe Aroma, I didn’t order the usual, looked over the menu with more scrutiny, and sadly realized that I likely can’t eat here as often as I have in the past. They are so good to me, and provide gluten free pasta, know not to bring me bread or throw croutons on my salad. The truth is that its a small kitchen and try as they might to take good care of me, my body is just getting more and more sensitive to gluten as the time passes.
Sitting here today, I was catching up on my blog reading and came across this amazing blog post on the lows of living with Celiacs. Its so well written and was so spot on to what I have been feeling in the last week, I had to share it with you. The bonus for reading through Carols utter melt down? A great recipe at the end!
I’m giving my body a little break today and just having some super foods with rice milk and and early bedtime.
Christi Silbaugh says
I am so sorry. I feel your pain. Well I don't, but my daughter does. And as a Mom, I am in despair when she is hurting. Have you tried better batter flour? Changed my life in regards to cooking for her. Eating out is awful. It discourages me to know this is the life that is set out for my daughter. Thank you for sharing. Keep your head up. Have you joined http://www.glutenfreefaces.com? We just recently joined and it is a nice place to share joys and sorrows regarding celiac. Best wishes to you!!!
Christi, thank you so much for you kind words and the resources. I had never heard of Gluten Free Faces, now I'm all over it! I think more then anything the important thing to remember is that like everything in life, there is an ebb and flow. Most times I'm at peace with it. But then something happens and you're down again. It has taken me a while to accept that this is what it is for me, but still there are bumps in the road. What encourages me is that more and more restaurants are learning about this and changing the way the make food, and we have more and more options in the market these days. No matter what though, I think that nothing will ever beat just eating at home.