Literally…in this case, the truth about my wheat allergy. Over the last 2 weeks, it has been confirmed that I am indeed allergic to wheat. Over the last few months, I have tried to incorporate small amounts of wheat into my diet. THat seemed to be going fine, so about 2 weeks ago, I decided to begin adding more wheat products to my diet. Suddenly able to eat so many foods that I could not enjoy before (since last finding out that wheat is a no-no for me), I was in chewy-carb heaven. But my bliss could only last so long. In retrospect, I can now see that my body has been experiencing averse reactions to the wheat. To be more precise, I have had stomach pains, muscle aches, and flu-like symptoms for the last 2 weeks. They got progressively worse until I had full-blown hay fever. Additionally, I have had extreme fatigue, rashes, and severe depressive episodes. It took me a while to put two and two together, but I am sure of it now.
The only downside is that this means no more Ezekiel Bread, wheat-based wraps, cereal!, granola made with wheat, baked goods, crackers, pretzels, etc. I need to go back to the wheat-free diet.
This is disappointing because I thought I could be normal again, but the pain I have been in these last couple weeks is not normal! Part of the reason I wanted to reincorporate “normal” wheat foods is because I grew self-conscious about my dietary needs again. I had successfully embraced it before, but in recent months, my self-confidence regarding my diet shattered, and I didn’t want to be ‘different’ anymore. I think this was a result of recent stress.
This has been a major setback, but I can recover from it. At least i know how to eliminate the havoc thas was wrought on my body over the last few months! And honestly, I enjoy the wheat-free diet. I like my sweet potatoes and brown rice, and I have not been eating them recently AT ALL! I’m going to change that tonight with a trip to TRader Joe’s!
Anyway, time for a super small lunch since I cannot handle much food right now. My tummy is hurting from the intense wheat consumption yesterday!