I was glutened in my gluten free living!

By | May 23, 2013

I was glutened in my gluten free living!

 I was glutened in my gluten free living when I  went out for dinner over the weekend!  For the past 4 days, I have hardly been able to move or think.  My stomach has felt like many sharp knives have been moving through it.  My head has been pounding.  Sleep has been very difficult.

Now I do not share this information with you lightly! It actually creates a great deal of stress for me to share and yet I feel it is something that I must do.

Why?  Because being glutened  is a reality of gluten free living.  Sometimes, even though I do all that I can to live completely gluten free it does not always work out.

I have written before about going out to dinner and the challenges.  When I do go out to eat I generally tell the server I am gluten sensitive and to be sure to have no gluten on my plate. Yet Sunday this did not happen.  I ended up eating a tomato that had breading on it and did not realize.

We were all having fun, chatting, laughing, changing the world!  LOL!  I was so very engrossed in the evening I even forgot all about being glutened in my  gluten free living.

I was glutened in my gluten free living

I was glutened!

You see I was glutened in my gluten free living because I was not living consciously at that moment.  This is very interesting to me.  Partially because it has surprised me and partially because of an interesting article I read the other day about honoring the grief around gluten free living.

I never thought once about the grief of loss in not being able to go out socially and enjoy the same way I did before.  I never thought about the fact that every time I go out for dinner either to a restaurant or someone’s home I have to be very conscious of what is being served and if it is something I can enjoy.  Each time I do go out, I must plan to have food, a snack just in case.

It did strike me hard the other day when I read it!  I was feeling so low!  How much more can I take in feeling so poorly.  This was the grief expressed in the article.  It made so much sense.  It has taken me eighteen months to realize this.

It has been my belief that the first thing in realizing I had to begin a gluten free living lifestyle was to make the decision to change.  Yet really, what in hindsight might have been a better choice was to realize I was going to go through grief in giving up all those food choices I enjoyed so much!  Grief that there were going to be challenges from friends and family not to understand.  In knowing, I would have grief because it was going to be hard.  People will not understand and will judge harshly.  Although these are experiences that I can go through and come out the other end learning.

Here is what I learned this week.

  • I am tougher than I might have realized
  • I am stronger than I give myself credit for
  • I am patient
  • I am forgiving of self
  • I am willing to learn the lessons and move on
  • I am grateful when I feel better
  • It is my dream for others to learn from my experiences

Therefore, I was glutened in my gluten free living!  I learned some great lessons as I begin to feel better and get back to living feeling good.

Now you may not have a health challenge such as living gluten free.  It may be something else for you.  Have you allowed yourself the chance to grieve?  What did that look like for you?  What are the lessons in your health challenge?

It would be great to hear your comments below.  Like and share this post.

Let today be your day! Talk soon,

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7 Essential Habits of a Gluten Free Warrior

10 thoughts on “I was glutened in my gluten free living!

  1. Sara

    Oh gosh, I am SO SORRY you were glutened – you have a very good attitude about it. But boy oh boy it can be dehabilitating for DAYS. My sister looks like she’s 8 months pregnant for a week or two afterwards.
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Erin Hatton

    Wow, thanks for sharing. Being vulnerable like that can help educate others about the realities of gluten intolerance. I like the idea of having to grieve for things we don’t always think of as needing a grieving process. It makes me wonder – what haven’t I grieved in my life? Great post! 🙂

  3. Kay Kauffman

    I’m so sorry this happened to you! I’m very grateful that neither I nor anyone else in my family has any food sensitivities to deal with – we have a picky eater and that’s difficult enough. But to have to give up foods you love because they truly don’t love you back must be incredibly hard. Thank you for sharing this perspective – I think it’s one people tend to forget.

  4. Joy Healey

    Hi Wendy

    Well done for being able to take such a positive approach to a challenge that’s causing you so much pain and trouble.

    When I was at college we had to do just a month on a gluten-free diet, and having gone through that I’m full of admiration for anyone who can maintain it.


  5. Bonnie Gean

    I take it you can’t have nuts either? Is there a place to go where I can find more information about becoming gluten free? I have no idea what it entails, Wendy.

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Hi Bonnie Gean, I eat a small amount of Raw nuts. Here is a link to the Gluten Free quiz: //peterosborne.infusionsoft.com/go/quiz/wendyb/ This will help you see where you are at. One of the easiest things to do is remove all wheat, grains, gluten for 1 month. Make a log of how you feel when you begin and how you feel each day for that month. Let me know if I can help. Best Regards, Wendy

  6. Toni Nelson

    Hope you are feeling much better now! My friend has two children who can’t handle gluten. The change in them since they have stopped using gluten is amazing.

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Yes, the changes in how I feel are quite amazing! Thanks for connecting. Best Regards, Wendy


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