When I started this blog, I wanted to share what our journey was like as we went through this lifestyle overhaul. I wanted to share the good, the bad and the downright disgusting. Partly because I wanted a place to go back and be able to look at our journey as we progressed, but also to help the people around us to understand what this thing is all about.
With that being said, let’s just jump right in.
For about a month, Eric and I have been traveling to either San Antonio or Austin to grocery shop. They’re the only 2 places remotely near us that offer something (mostly me) we can eat under our dietary restrictions. They’re also the only 2 cities near us that carry our expensive $4.99/half gallon of milk.
His first trip to Sprouts
Despite the hype, Trader Joe’s had very few things that I could eat. I was seriously sad. Before the restrictions, life was grand at Trader Joe’s. And then I had to read every. single. label. Do you realize how many products contain some type of soy?!?! It’s almost a staple in gf food. 😭. I did find this fabulous find though:
Not pictured is this caramel coffee flavored granola we bought for Eric, the coffee lover. He was sooo excited to try it. He took a handful, and within an hour, his demeanor changed. The brain fog was back. His stomach started hurting. He felt nauseous and grumpy. This was the first taste of what being glutened was like.
Sprouts, on the other hand, has been wonderful to us. They have easy GF labels to help navigate your shopping experience. They also carry serious deliciousness.
I may or may not have eaten the whole bag in 3 days…14 chips is 1 serving size.
Knowing all of this, we knew that our trip into the stores was a reconnaissance mission. Scout the stores and see if they’re really worth the drive to and from, especially with how tight our budget is right now.
After all of this came our 2nd hurdle: our first trip out of town having to maintain these eating patterns. Friday & Saturday had me prepping for the trip with food and snacks that we could keep in the refrigerator in our room. Sunday, we had the option of doing the continental breakfast. I thought, why not?!?
Weeeellllll, I can tell you why not. There’s no way for you to read or even get someone that knows the ingredients in that food. I thought I was safe. Eric thought it wasn’t going to make him a zombie. We were both oh so wrong. Within an hour my tummy was gurgling and I was laying down with dizzy spells, moodiness and the beginnings of an almost migraine. Within 30 minutes, Eric began to feel his stomach cramp up, the bathroom was our favorite room, and the brain fog became intense and painful to watch.
I share all this to say…
Imagine that reaction with almost every. single. bite. You’re scared to eat because it either makes you hurl, makes you poo gushing diarrhea, or both. On top of that, you become dizzy, start shaking, begin to stare and become unresponsive to stimuli around you. And then, your mood takes a dive and anger hits, with a mix of depression and bouts of crying. And after all of that, this blinding migraine hits in the exact same spot. And it doesn’t go away until every single illegal thing that you have eaten gets forced out of your body.
THAT is what being glutened is like. That’s why we’ve chosen to stay home rather than go out with friends. It’s why I can’t eat at functions, gatherings and parties anymore. It’s why we drive so far away to buy food that does not have the top 8 allergens.
That is also why we chose to change. Sitting in the doctor’s office, listening to everything, and realizing that…it all finally made sense. Once we started eliminating so many of the things/foods, the issues diminished and/or became non-existent. And when I accidentally consume something I shouldn’t, the cycle happens all over again.
Welcome to this crazy thing called our life.
With big hugs!