For the last month, I've been indulging. Unashamedly indulging.
You see earlier this year, under the supervision of a dietician, I went off gluten. It initially started off as a short trial to see how I'd feel and as I very quickly noticed a dramatic difference to daily stomach aches and energy levels, I stuck with it. At the time The Man was still in the middle of treatment so neither my doctor nor dietician wanted to put me through proper testing then.
Well, the time for tests is almost nigh. To get accurate results however I needed to be back on gluten for a month.
Then and there I decided that if I was going to have to eat food that was potentially going to make me feel unwell, then I was going to really enjoy the eating part. I was going to have a joyous farewell party for all the foods that I may not eat for either a while, or ever again, depending on test results.
Somehow I don't think that it was quite what my doctor had in mind, but I confess, somedays I've been eating my gluten quota in biscuits. Well, biscuits, pasta, scones, waffles and a not-so-healthy breakfast cereal. I've enjoyed the freedom of eating at a restaurants without having to search out a little "gf" notation. I've loved being able to just order fish and chips from any takeaway shop. It's been great being able to catch up with a friend for a bite to eat without having to worry about food restrictions. Grocery shopping has been fun, not having to read every label.
I now have only a few days left of my "free" diet and I realised, that for the most part, I forgot the sandwiches! So this week is all about the sandwiches, delicious fillings loaded on freshly baked bread. Be it a gourmet lamb and haloumi or a simple vegemite sandwich, I'm going to enjoy every single bite.
***Update - alas, it was indeed my last week of gluten eating. Tests revealed that I was coeliac so it's now onto a gluten free diet and hopefully I should be feeling better soon ***