Are You an Ambassador of Gastric Upsets?
I’ve recently started hanging out with a new group of people. They’re very nice, as normal as they come. But I’m different. I’ve tried to avoid letting others know of “my condition” but inevitable when it comes to human’s food is an important part of the environment. The situation has now honored me with the role of ambassador for gastric upsets (this title is preferable to many other possibilities you could imagine).
Just one mention of the problem of gluten intolerance and I’m the main focus for countless stories of stomach ailments and bathroom plagues. I’ve been called on for advice on all sorts of situations. “Do you think my dog might have a gluten problem? She’s starting to poop in the house.” “My mother-in-law has terrible gas, no one wants to sit near her at holidays and the kids are always making fun of her, maybe she should stop eating bread.” “My sister said her neighbor’s goats have that problem.” Funny, I thought goats ate grass.
Often people talk about themselves, and this makes it a bit easier. The stories feel common to me, like not feeling bad until an hour or more after you eat; gas, diarrhea, upset stomach. But when I suggest they try not eating bread, pasta, and cookies for a month to see if they feel better, the problem can’t possibly be gluten. It must be too much fast food or eating too much meat. I know how they feel, I also know how I feel and I’m so much better off without the stuff.
Gluten and carbs are a staple of the American diet. The thought of giving that up is too hard for even those feeling bad to contemplate. I will tell you this; if you try it you won’t go back. Well, yes you will, we all do, but it won’t be for long; it feels too good to live a life free of stomach ailments and bathroom plagues, even if you end up the ambassador of gastric upsets.
About the Contributor:
Gail has worked in the health care industry for over 30 years. In her personal life she has experience with a gluten free diet, a lactose free diet and a vegetarian diet, and found them all beneficial in their own way. Currently Gail is working on building an on-line grocery store which will offer unique gluten free products created by small businesses which are touched by the disease. They need to reach more of the people who need them. Look for her on-line store Gail’s Gluten Free coming in January 2012. Follow Gail on Twitter.
Thoughts from Nancy Olson:
I totally get when you think someone else might have an issue with gluten! I think we all can pin point the symptoms of a gluten issue and some that we have the thoughts about have heard of Celiac or gluten intolerance but are in denial or they just don’t want to have to watch what they eat so they go on living the life they have always lived. Sad but true!