Gluten free pregnancy and things I’m liking

I have been trying to be open-minded and flexible about gluten free foods while I’m in my first trimester of this pregnancy and REALLY having a hard time finding food to eat (food aversions).  I’ve lost a few pounds this week and have had a few misses.  I read on another blog that POPchips could be good (the way that people who don’t have Celiacs eat Saltines to calm the belly).  Well, they didn’t end up doing very well in my body.  I had a reminder that I’m still supersensitive to cross-reactive foods such as corn because I got stomach cramps and diarrhea as though I had actually eaten Saltines.  My dermatitis herpetiformis rash even appeared.  Yikes! (Part of me wondered is it just cross-reactivity or is it sensitivity to trace amounts of gluten…aka the peanut m&ms I had on Friday???)

This study suggests that corn can cause cross-reactivity to Celiacs for a number of reasons.  I haven’t had corn really at all since last May, and I’m going to take this experience as an indicator that I should stay away from it right now.

Things that I AM liking:

  1. Twinings Lemon Ginger Tea – great for soothing the stomach
  2. Stonyfield French Vanilla yogurt – good for restoring probiotic flora (I either get lowfat or the baby whole milk version to get in healthy fats)
  3. Lundberg basmati rice – soothing for my stomach, easy to digest
  4. Eos lip balm
  5. Dessert Essence Cleansing facial pads
  6. Klean Kanteen 64 oz. stainless steel wide mouth water bottle (staying hydrated all day is so important — Especially if I have any GI issues)
  7. Udi’s gluten free bagels

The New York Times posted an article last week entitled, A Big Bet on Gluten Free.  The article struck me for a few different reasons.  On the one hand, I’m so grateful that there are so many gluten free options because of this craze.  On the other, the reality is that I can’t eat everything that’s gluten free and many people conflate gluten free with fad dieting and don’t understand my disease or why I need to take certain precautions to avoid getting sick.  Like, diabetes, many autoimmune diseases are just in the process of gaining visibility by the general public and I am glad that I am able to have perspective.  I am glad I can be grateful for the little things that are improving for people with Celiacs Disease, today.

What are your thoughts about this gluten free craze?  Do you find people more or less supportive of you because of it?

Be well!

 

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