Friday, November 26, 2010

Gluten-Free? Oh my!

Just when you think life can't get any stranger, it does. Well, strange might not be the right word. For those of you who don't know me, I've been battling some very horrible health attacks the past few years. They are called vasovagal attacks.  I won't give you all the gory details. Suffice it to say I was taken to emergency six times in an ambulance, because no one was sure what was happening. It looked like I was having a heart attack. I wasn't. It felt like I was going to die each time, but I didn't. I kept hoping I would and get it over with. I didn't want to keep going through the attacks.

I recently went to a doctor who is both a MD and a Naturopath. He thought what I was having was a severe reaction to a food allergy. Egads! Food allergy? But it kind of made sense. Several of the attacks came not too long after eating. The doctor had me take a test where my blood was sent to a lab and tested for reactions to all kinds of food.

I got the results this past Tuesday. Whoa baby! I'm allergic to more than one food - barley, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, Swiss cheese, garlic, ginger, gluten, grapes, malt, white potatoes, rye, wheat, baker yeast, and yogurt. How can that be? No more bread. No more wine. But those are a God-given right! (See picture above.) No more mashed potatoes. No more beer. No more pizza. No more pizza? Anything but that.

Well guess what. It isn't as bad as it seems. There's a whole other world out there. It's called "gluten-free." There's gluten-free pizza. There's gluten-free beer. (I hope this doesn't sound like I'm a lush or something. I don't drink that often. But if you're going to have pizza, you have to have beer. Besides, the Bible says drunkedness is wrong, not drinking. It even says, "a little wine is good for the stomach.") There are all kinds of blogs with recipes for people who have to follow gluten-free diets, too. I'm not alone in the world! Yay! There's even an added benefit. I may finally lose weight. :O)


  1. YIKES! That's a bunch of stuff!!!!! Staples of life kinda stuff!!!!

    BUT, now you know. That must be a HUGE relief for you. I've heard of that gluten thing, but never paid any attention to it. Apparently it's something to be aware of for all of us. I'm going to check out GOOGLE and see what it says. Maybe it's that 'bloaty' feeling????

    GLAD you are on a new plan and I hope it works well for you. And yes, a beer with a pizza is a must. It just makes everything taste better!


  2. Wow, glad you went to that new doctor and found the cause. That would be difficult, all but the cottage cheese that is :o)

  3. yikes, the attacks sound horrible...but Im glad they figured it out, and you can still have your pizza and beer:)


  4. Oh! dear Bill, I didn't know you'd been having those horrible attacks. Must have been awful.
    I'm so glad they've finally found what it is. It'll take a while to get used to the new diet but it'll be worth it. Hope you feel bettefr reals soon.
    Hugs xx

  5. We have a store here in town called GF Joes that sells only gluten free foods. They have an online shop as well here's there link.

    and their online shop is at

    No wine... ouch! How about Mead or berry wines?