I’ve been educating myself on HAES for quite some time, but still knew that my body was not craving healthy foods. Then celiac came into the picture. A-ha! This is why I’m constantly hungry…my intestine isn’t actually absorbing anything!
In my last year of college (ugh…over a decade ago), I thought I had an ulcer – kept cutting out different foods from my diet until I was down to reduced-sodium saltines. And those were still running straight through me. Hindsight being what it is, this should have been a flashing strobe light to test for celiac disease (I’m pretty sure the off-brand crackers were full of gluten). Instead I had a hydrogen breath test, endoscopy and colonoscopy. All of which came up with nothing, so yay, I was diagnosed with IBS.
It probably would have went on forever, until I moved to Minnesota and the new doctor told me “a diagnosis of IBS makes me a little uncomfortable. Do you think you’re sensitive to wheat?” Without knowing anything about going gluten-free, I stopped eating bread for a couple of weeks without any difference. And that was that.
After getting the swine flu in the fall of 2009, my, ahem, side-effects of gluten intolerance were worse. Like, misjudging-a-fart worse. So I started reading (and reading and reading and reading) and got some tests, and this fun new adventure begins.
The whole problem is this: I’m lazy. And I hate cooking. It seems that cooking is critical to going gluten-free. Thus this blog. If I’m going to be eating a lot of gluten-free convenience foods, I’m going to need to keep track of which ones don’t taste like sawdust sprinkled with splenda.