So, who knew there was gluten in soy sauce?! Not us. We did a big No-No and assumed Chicken Fried Rice would be okay to eat. Three hours and several trips to the bathroom later, we decided to google “is chicken fried rice gluten-free?” and lo and behold, not so. Talk about a miserable night. There was vomiting. And miserable leg pain. Even my son made several trips to the bathroom (though he didn’t vomit, thank goodness). Then, this morning, I was headed down to the motel breakfast and saw the waffle-maker. “I’d give anything to have a waffle,” I thought. Then I remembered last night. “Well, maybe not,” I corrected myself as I grabbed our yogurt and hardboiled eggs. Thank goodness for the doctor that suggested to my sister that she try going gluten-free, and thank goodness for my sister who has become passionate enough about it to suggest we try it. I’m sold!!
My sister just found out she is gluten-intolerant (she hasn’t been tested for Celiac’s disease yet). So, my mom and son and I are all going gluten-free in order to find out if it’s possibly the cause of some of our problems – fibromyalgia, depression, etc. We are two days in and finding it very challenging. Two things make it especially hard right now: we are not at home, we’re on a trip; my son is three and a very picky eater as it is. So we’re getting creative, learning as we go, and hopefully we’ll figure it out. So far I haven’t noticed any changes but I didn’t expect such drastic results as my sister had (she felt better in two days). I’m reading a book for “dummies” about gluten-free living and it’s my understanding that repairing the villi in the small intestine can take a while, and really, I can’t expect to feel better until those are working properly, right? Anyway, it’s lots of salads and bun-less burgers and chicken breasts right now. We did buy some gluten-free snacks for our hotel room, but just because they’re gluten-free doesn’t mean they’re calorie- or guilt-free. They are good alternatives for my son, however, and keep us going between salads. When we get home, we’ll be able to cook healthy gluten-free meals and feel less like we’re starving. Wish us luck, in the mean time!