It’s Coeliac Awareness Week at the moment, you can find out a bit more on this post.
I’m blogging a few recipes and ideas about how you can support friends and family who can’t have gluten. My sister Deborah is intolerant to wheat, and although that’s not anywhere near as bad as having coeliac disease, she does have to be careful about avoiding wheat.
Here is her story.
Oh, so what happens to you?
The above question is one I am asked each time I admit to being on a ‘gluten-free’ diet, and it’s an embarrassing one to answer. In fact, I am intolerant to wheat, not all gluten, but if I say ‘gluten-free’ it means I avoid wheat automatically. To explain what happens to me when I eat wheat, I’ll tell you about leaving school.
I don’t remember having any problems with my digestion until I left school. At university, both in the UK and the USA, I had to develop my awareness skills to include locating my nearest toilet – not the height of cool! I was diagnosed with IBS around that time, but the suggested remedy didn’t work. At uni, a different doctor suggested I might look at my diet. She suggested I might be sensitive to lactose or wheat and that perhaps 6-weeks off dairy products might make things clearer, followed by 6-weeks off wheat. I went for a couple of weeks without cheese, ice cream, milk, chocolate and all my other favourite things, went home and to my mum’s horror, had lost about a stone in weight – I was on the loo for a lot of the two weeks and not because I was reading a really good book. So the day after I got home, I switched to avoiding wheat and gradually built up my dairy intake again. And I was better. Continue reading