I got glutened again this week.
My ‘glutening’ experiences tend to be pretty varied, only the dreaded brain fog seems to be a consistent factor, and this week it was the turn of crippling stomach cramps where I do feel as though I have been through an almighty fist fight. It’s not fun, we’ve all been there, and I don’t like being off work because of it. Stupid as it sounds, I will not let coeliac disease change how I live my every day life. Or at least I try not to let it.
POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!
Saying that, my attitude to eating out does change. Eating food I haven’t prepared, which is outside of my cross-contamination control, I don’t like it. And that’s a shame because soon I worry I will never dine out, and that’s just rubbish.
So Monday and Tuesday this week, there I was, at my desk, hunched over wishing I was at home in bed with a hot water bottle.
Instead I resorted to a week long (still going) diet of packet rice and peppermint tea.
I’ve also started experimenting with ginger tea but so far I must confess, I’m not a fan. This is probably due to a fault of my own, I think I’m making it too strong, it burns my throat.
I am one of those people who will eat even if feeling lousy, because I feel more lousy if I don’t eat (and I’m probably more grumpy too). But I think I’m pretty sensible about it. I resort to only eating food that I KNOW is 100% safe, totally gluten free, and even if a little bit boring, guaranteed to speed up my recovery. For me, that’s rice. Good thing I love the stuff.
Another good factor on the rice front is it’s pretty good for you, and being that I am now gall-bladder-less I can’t eat anything too high in fat or rich. That doesn’t like me either, as much as I may like it.
So here I am, eating my rice, drinking my peppermint tea, and wondering if there is anything else I could, or should be doing to recover from a glutening episode… and what better way to find out than to share and ask the gluten free community, what they do.
So please, comment at the bottom of this post and I will add it to my list of ‘I’ve been glutened’ remedies. Hopefully it will be a useful list to so many of us who are looking for that one little thing to feel better when we’ve inadvertently eaten something we shouldn’t have.
NB: These are by no means working remedies for all, everyone is different so find the one that works best for you
- Buscopan tablets
- Chamomile tea
- Crystallised ginger
- DGL chewable liquorice tablets
- Exercise (like yoga)
- Ginger tea
- Ginger ale
- Fresh mint tea
- Hot water bottle
- Hot water & lemon
- Lemon & ginger tea
- Peppermint tablets
- Peppermint tea
- Peppermint oil
- Pepto bismol
- Plain, simple food (rice, scrambled egg, steamed fish)
- Probiotic tablets
- Protein shakes
- Raw veg
- Smoothies / veggie juices