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How awful you went through that, Noregret! I've read several accounts like Tammie's about people inadvertently getting some wheat and having really extreme responses. I didn't think I'd be one of those people. Guess what. I had to take a trip to the city 2 weeks ago and twice I ordered meals in restaurants I thought were safe--fish and broiled chicken--both came with a light dusting of flour, which I scraped off before I ate it. By the time I went to bed my back and joints were screaming in pain. Aches and pains and muscle spasm/weakness that had been completely gone for weeks now came back with a vengeance. It took about 4 days before the pain subsided. So now I am a believer that I have to be super diligent if I want to avoid that happening again. The nasty effects, whether intestinal or inflammatory, once you've been wheat/grain-free for awhile seem to be so much worse when it's reintroduced. I hope you feel all better and that the money snafu is handled. So stressful.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
If I am "wheated" - and it's always by accident and always been something as small as a crumb - it is not fun. I have to dash to the loo. My heart races too. My cluster headaches came back and stuck around for a week. Fortunately, only as a dull neck ache or stiffness. But still not fun.
Now I refuse to make sandwiches for anybody (I'm the only wheat-less person in the family for now) because if I accidently get a crumb in my mouth, I am doomed.
There's a brand of corn chips here "Juanita's" that are sooooo good and once I start, well, I can't stop!
The corn chips I do indulge in maybe once every two weeks, with little to no problem....but much wheat at all and I don't feel good pretty fast.
Sometimes, in the three weeks I've been working on leaving it behind, I've made a conscious decision to have wheat - a cookie, a bun on my hamburger, and done okay. But this much wheat? Blech, I feel awful. Very inspiring to not eat it again in the near future, LOL
Thanks for sharing.
The couple of times I fell off the wagon so to speak I got pretty bloated & tired.
I only wish I could totally cut out corn chips. My husband likes them so we have them in the house. They are organic ones w/o any 'junk' but I till feel better when I stay away from them Same with Mary's Gone Crackers - wow, they are powerful good, and soooo addictive. I sometimes grab a handful in the middle of the night when I let out the dog, and it really affects my sleep.
Now why is it that I wouldn't dream of sneaking a slice of my husband's sprouted wheat bread but I can't keep my paws off his chips and those crackers?
"We are on the outskirts of Looneyland, heading towards city center." - The Vicar of Dibley
I agree - for me anyway, it IS an addiction! and now that I've removed it, and re-introduced it- I'm reminded of why I stopped, LOL!
I'm sorry you had to go through that, but glad that you are sharing this so everyone else can learn from it.
I ate some bread 2 days ago, too, and wrote a blog about it.
You can talk to God all you want and that's great, but the changes happen when you start listening to him.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN OTHERS.
I think that your body is telling you that it does NOT like wheat!
I've found that my reactions to wheat are even worse now than when I used to eat it all the time. It was like a slow "poison" before. General achiness. But now, if I eat wheat, my immune system reacts a lot more. And I feel it a lot more!
No matter how slow you go, you are STILL lapping everybody on the couch.
You are reminding me to do the same - again and again and again! What is it with bread that starts one on the wrong foot and some of us just keep going back to it. Addiction, I guess.
"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
So, for the better part of 3 weeks, I've cut out grains - especially wheat.
I haven't lost a ton of weight, but I lost about 2 inches off my belly and over an inch on my hips!
After reading Wheat Belly, I was reminded of all the reasons I should again try to cut bread, pasta, etc and I did it.
I was feeling good, arthritis symptoms greatly diminished, my constant raging hunger was diminished, etc. Then, this weekend happened.
Due to a snafu, an electronic deposit was rejected and I had to scramble hard to get enough money to pay the rent - you know, rent is always the priority! Must have a place to live! The electronic deposit will be re-issued, but is unlikely to hit my bank before Tues or Wednesday. So this weekend there was little cash left over for food, so we've been eating what was here, and let me tell you it wasn't much. So this weekend I've dined on sandwiches, shredded wheat, and toast. The result?
By last night, my abdomen was bloated up like a balloon! Stomach cramps that had me rolling around in misery! And last but not least, gas.
I know, you needed to hear that didn't you? The point is...MISERY.This a.m. after 48 hours of wheat being the mainstay of every meal, I got up feeling about 100 years old. My joints are stiff and swollen. I am exhausted.
I believed when I cut grains and I started to feel better, had much more energy, and my stomach lost the bloat. Today, after a painful unhappy night, I REALLY, REALLY believe!
This few days of dire straights will pass, and I will again cut wheat and feel better. I CAN'T WAIT!