Monday, October 11, 2010

My Month of Gluten, My Week of Sandwiches

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 ***

12 comments:

Catherine Denton said...

My Mom sent me home a loaf of homemade sourdough bread today and I made myself a thick, delicious sandwich for supper tonight. Enjoy your eating!
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Hot Fudge said...

I'm reading this as I munch my way through a sourdough bread sandwich with ham and mustard. Mmmm .... Best of luck with the tests.

Sandrine said...

OH good luck with the test, I hope all this festive "gluteny" food do not give you too much trouble in the mean time...the thought of nice bread hmmmmm xx

flossy-p said...

I would be stocking up on bread rolls and cake if I were you :)
Enjoy your gluten gluttony, and good luck with the tests.

p.s. We'll be in Brisbane for 4 1/2 days, including the Finders Keepers market days! Booked our accom last week, and are both so excited!

momijitomitsukoshi said...

There seems to be tonnes of GF food around these days. I'm sure it must be very healthy and tasty, but sad to miss out on all the unhealthy treats, like cakes and creamy pastas. Make the most of your freedom!

Karin said...

Hope you've enjoyed it! Sounds like a very fun month for you. :-) I hope the tests go well.

humel said...

Good luck with those tests - I hope they're conclusive. And I'm glad you've had such fun keeping up the gluten levels! :-)

hot toffee said...

Enjoy Melanie x could you have a beer for me? :)

BumbleVee said...

well, if you don't feel sick after eating plenty of gluten.... maybe it has nothing to do with that anyway....

and hey Melanie.... how can I make one of those Flickr mosaics? I used to be able to find a page that I thought had some way of doing it...but, now....not? Any suggestions? do I have to download some gadget? I hope not... but... any help will be appreciated....

HayleyK said...

Happy Blogtoberfest! I am on a mission to comment and follow all the blogs in Blogtoberfest! Maybe you could comment and follow me as well! Cheers!

kp said...

do hope you're enjoying those sandwiches! and hope that something useful comes out of the whole process...after much experimenting with gluten-free breads my conclusion is that sol breads gluten-free megagrain is about as good as it gets (if you get to that point).

Irmhild said...

yum, the possibilities! enjoy it! and if you're feeling OK at the moment, maybe it wasn't the gluten, maybe it was wheat or something else, that's easier to avoid!

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