Bread Bitch

Everything I’ve tried to write for this blog so far, I’ve read back and rejected, so this time I’m just going to write something, hope it’s not too awful and just post it, in the hope that someone other than my Mum, boyfriend and a few supportive friends might read it. Thanks for sticking with me so far!

I was ‘diagnosed’ with Coeliac disease in January 2013 – the inverted commas are there because I never went through with the full test. To be tested (which most of you reading this will already know) you have to spend 6 weeks eating a high gluten diet. I lasted about 6 days and pretty much had a full scale meltdown. Ā Not only were there the physical symptoms of bloating, upset stomach and headaches, but it also caused my anxiety levels to peak and periods of IRRATIONAL ANGER!

If you follow me on twitter, you may have noticed that my header description (is that what it’s called?) bares an uncanny resemblance to that of Bruce Banner – The Hulk. Basically, that is how Gluten makes me feel – I swell up and I get really pissed of – really quickly, often followed by nasty feelings of depression and anxiety – not nice! Was interested to read recently that I’m not alone in this – take a look at Jane Anderson’s blog – I’m not sure how wide this study was, but it’s nice to know someone is looking into it!

Having been living on a gluten free diet for around 15months now, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not all that bad. It doesn’t have to be difficult. It doesn’t need to be expensive. It does mean a bit of extra self-control and it does mean planning ahead if you’re going on a long train journey, but it is manageable.

Oh yes, and friends and loved ones will think you’re the biggest fuss-pot on the planet, that you’re making it up, that it isn’t that bad. But they learn. They don’t like me when I’m angry.

3 comments

  1. I’m fascinated by your emotional reactions to gluten. I think I might have to have a good look at my moods and gluten intake.

    A great start, hon. Keep going!

  2. Great post, and well done for getting into it!

    I’ve been swimming deeply in this nutrition stuff for a while now while trying to heal my diastasis and recover from childbirth generally. I’ll be honest, I meet a lot more than 1 in 100 people who claim to be coeliac, and that’s where the misunderstanding from friends and family stems from, I think. Of course people have all sorts of digestive and emotional issues which can be attributed to diet – and we eat, as a society, far more grains than we probably ought to – but it’s this fad for being gluten-free that undermines the validity of genuine coeliac disease, the effects of which are really debilitating. Ignore the nay-sayers. They just don’t understand it.

    The upside of all this is that, if you can get away from all the processed crap marketed as “healthy” gluten-free food, you will probably be living healthier than 90% of the population! With a protein heavy, low-ish grain, low sugar, fresh diet, you will be some sort of ass-kicking Buddhist ninja. šŸ™‚

    To cheer you up, here is a little gem I heard this week. Somebody told me that I should be using whole seeds instead of ground seeds. When I pointed out that tiny, whole seeds are passed through the digestive system intact and come right out the other end unless you grind them up first, the person replied, “But you need to eat WHOLE GRAINS!” #foreheadslap

    Nutrition: complicated and a pain in the ass, but ultimately worth it. šŸ˜‰

  3. Ha ha … long train journeys are officially the hardest! Everything marked “healthy” in good old M&S at the Station – simply isn’t!!! Great start to the blog Kate … keep posting … x

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