Saturday, June 26, 2010

Question: How do YOU heal your belly when you are "glutened"?

It's been a busy week.  It was the last week of 4th grade for my daughter.  Which means the last week of freedom for mom until September, so I was busy getting "things" done before school was out.  I don't think I finished half of the "things" on my list.  Mostly because I felt sick.

This seems to happen every few months and lasts for a week or more.  The belly ache.  Feels like someone put my intestines in a vice and keeps cranking it tighter.

I can never really pin down the reason it happens.  Did I get glutened?  Was it the greasy burger I ate?  Am I eating out in restaurants too often?  Is it stress?  Am I allergic or intolerant to another food?  I don't know, but I'd sure like to figure it out.

So, this week I began the task of writing down everything I eat.  I probably began too late to figure out the source this time, as I already had the belly ache, but I'm hoping that eventually I can find the answer.  I've read that corn gluten can be a problem for some Celiacs or maybe dairy (I already use soy milk).  I'm also trying to cut out (or at least down) on the diet soda.  Yes, I know it's bad for me, but I have trouble giving it up.  :(

I've been downing the Pepto Bismal in the meantime and trying to eat very carefully.  I need to heal my tummy and feel better.  Which got me to thinking....what do other Celiacs do when they get glutened?

So here are my questions for you all...

When you get glutened, what do you do to feel better?  What do you eat while you're healing?  What medications if any do you use?  How long do your symptoms last?

I would love any advice you may have to give.

Thanks.  And I hope you are having a great gluten-free weekend!


Erin said...

Hey Lisa!
After I've been glutened, there are a couple things I do to try and speed along the process. Unfortunately, the only real "cure" is time until it gets out of your system.
Having said that though, I drink lots of water, take digestive enzymes, and if I'm feeling really horrific I'll take activated charcoal. Then I make sure I'm on a good probiotic.
Food wise, fruits and veg, and maybe some eggs. I find these easiest to digest. If you can tolerate dairy, some greek yogurt as well.
Hope this helps and you feel better soon!

Lisa said...

Thanks so much Erin! I find that after 2+ years of being gluten-free, it seems I still have so much to learn.

If you don't mind me asking, what kind of digestive enzymes and probiotics you take? I'm always afraid to experiment with supplements and would appreciate your recomendations.

Great idea about the greek yogurt. I have some in the fridge and I'm going to have some this afternoon!

Thanks again. :)