Celiac Disease - What, no more bagels?
Monday, July 01, 2013
I am waiting for test results to find out whether or not I have celiac disease. Apparently, I have the blood alleles associated with the condition, and I've found that, perhaps wheat could be the source of several of my health issues which I thought previously unrelated. Things like a high resting heart rate, severe stomach pain, general fatigue. Who knew that wheat - the ultimate whole grain goodness - could do this to someone? Apparently, lots of people did, as one in about every 130 something people have this condition. Why was I the last to get the memo?
I started tweaking my diet a bit. Funny thing is that you don't realize how much gluten we consume in daily life until we no longer can. It is hidden in everything, seriously, I had to buy special soy sauce. As you can probably tell, I'm a bit upset about my diagnosis. I enjoy my whole grains. I don't eat a lot of white bread or refined flour, I ate whole grains, and lots of them. I was starting to bake on a regular basis. And, calorie for calorie, whole grain bread products are packed with more nutrition than many of the gluten free counter parts.
It is alright, though. I'm starting to read up on and learn about celiac, and what is safe and what isn't. What I'm really lacking for is lunch and snack ideas. I've picked up eggs, fruit, corn tortillas, some salsa, hummus, baked corn tortilla chips, too. I've also found that Kind Bars are gluten free, delicious, and pretty filling. However, gluten free seems to be a difficult diet for calorie counters, especially as far as snack and travel foods go. Also, it doesn't seem terribly budget friendly.
Why am I posting this? I promise, I don't intend to complain, but to seek help. If any other gluten free people happen upon this blog, please feel free to leave tips, snack ideas, lunch ideas, and gluten free products in the comments (or on my page) that won't break the piggie bank. I'm not that picky of an eater, and I enjoy a variety of foods - I hope that I still can while slipping into this new diet change.