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On Monday of this week we reintroduced wheat into my diet. I've been meaning to write this post since then. Friends have been asking how it's been going. I haven't been updating on Facebook as much as usual (mostly because I am trying to unplug more this year). But, the main reason I haven't updated on how it is going is because I really don't know.
I know one thing. For the last five days I've had gastrointestinal issues the likes of which I haven't seen in quite a while (maybe seven or so months??). I'll spare you all the details, but I feel like there are fireworks going off in my stomach, I have horrible cramping and pain, and I've had a headache off and on. I've gained two pounds. I'm bloated and can't fit into jeans I've been wearing (with a little room) for the last four months. I'm in more physical pain than I have been in awhile too, although I've been in pain ever since I went to the chiropractor in August and they messed me up even more than I was when going in. I'd read before that I would probably feel poorly as I reintroduced the wheat. Is it normal to feel this bad though? I have no idea. It has gotten a little better in the last day or so, but I still feel horrible. Is it temporary? I can only hope. If I continue to feel poorly, I guess I'll look into finding out if I *I* have a gluten intolerance.
And Bubby? I really can't tell with him. When we reintroduced last time, it was obvious within two days that he had a problem with wheat. His poops were green, mucousy, and blood-streaked. I told Glenn I feel like I'm the Poop Police (which Beanie overheard and said, "what's the poop police??"). I mean, it's poop. And breastmilk-no-solids-yet baby poop to boot. It's obviously not to the point we were at last time, so that is good. He has been a little crankier, but nothing that really stands out. Babies have cranky days, right? Since I've reintroduced so slowly (and even more slowly than planned since I feel so crappy) I wonder if it'll take a bit longer to really impact him. We shall see.
The actual reintroduction has been a bit anti-climactic. If there's one area you can really find good tasting food in, it's gluten-free. I've become quite good at adapting gluten recipes. I like the taste of quinoa or rice pasta. And, the things I really want to eat, like a doughnut or a big tasty cupcake from PCC -- hard to find without dairy or soy. Most all vegan tasty treats are made with soy. So, really, all I've had is some bread. And, even that you have to watch because many sandwich breads contain dairy and/or soy. We bough some Dave's Killer Bread at Costco. I had a Sin Dawg for breakfast. I had a beer from the Pelican Brewery in Oregon (that was probably the most exciting as the first time we went I was pregnant with Bubby and the second time I was avoiding wheat, so we bought some and brought it home for me). Some fancy baked bread with our pasta, although I still ate brown rice pasta. I imagine I'll still be baking a lot.
I'm glad we reintroduced since Bubby seems to be doing a lot better with it. It's nice to have the reassurance that he may not always have food sensitivities. I guess I'm also glad because it might have opened a door into figuring out what has been wrong with my GI system (since I've been to the doctor in the past for it and had differing opinions).
I feel like right now we're still in wait-and-see mode, so keep on wishing us luck.