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Making Changes

I’ve been eating gluten-free for a “test week”, er my gastroenterologist’s suggestion, for 4 days now. I really hate to admit that I am feeling somewhat better. My stomach pains have definitely subsided, except for when I slipped up. Yeah, yeah… I couldn’t go four days without slipping, and I’m not proud of that. Apparently gluten is delicious, and my body loves it. Incidentally, I am the only one in my family who is going gluten free at this time. We wanted to test it out on me before making a major family transition. I’m not sure if we’ll continue this way, or everyone will make the change, especially given the fact that my kids can be a bit on the picky side, and Ziggy has his own set of dietary issues.
It’s been a rough four days. Definitely more rough than I thought it would be. The other night I had salmon with brown rice. I used to love fish and seafood… that’s somewhat of a requirement of growing up in New England, right? Apparently, I’ve gotten more picky as I’ve gotten older. I had a massively hard time getting the salmon down, and then the rice started to taste “fishy”, so it was an unpleasant meal. Luckily, one of the kids got up to hug his Daddy, and when my husband lifted his arm to wrap around that boy, his hand hit his glass of soda, and most of it went into my lap. Hey, dinner over for me! I wasn’t complaining!
I’m thankful that my grocery stores have gluten free sections, and are implementing more clear labeling systems on shelves. It definitely makes shopping easier.

I’m still researching and learning what I can and what I cannot eat. It’s a major change, but if I am able to live without abdominal pain and discomfort, then it’s worth it.

It’s just frustrating because I have so many food allergies, including bananas, melons, avocados, onions, kiwi, certain raw veggies, and more. Those allergies all seemed to develop in my teens. I became lactose intolerant after I gave up dairy while nursing my lactose intolerant Ziggy. Thankfully I can take a Lactaid pill so I can enjoy cheese. We often joke that because I keep having to give up foods, soon there won’t be much that I will be able to eat. We joke, but it’s becoming a real fear. Hopefully the changes get easier, because right now I’m having a hard time. I want a sandwich on gluten-filled bread, and macaroni and cheese.

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