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Well, here I am on day 56 of my gluten-free journey!  I think the main thing I was hoping to see happen, if anything, was for the rash I had on my face to go away.  I’d heard that gluten intolerance can manifest as a rash.  Well, it has been about two weeks since I’ve seen the rash.  Part of me is ecstatic.  The other part is bummed, because I love bread!  Gluten didn’t really impact my digestion at all, so I was really hoping I didn’t have an issue with it like my brother and sister.  Though, it is genetic, so the odds were against me.  I’m not completely convinced yet.  I guess the next thing for me to do is to reintegrate gluten in my diet and see if the rash reappears. I think I’ll give it a little more time before I test it.  I also want to wait until I’ve gone through an entire menstrual cycle in case the rash is related to my hormones somehow.

Managing my diet has still been relatively simple.  My staple meal has been some variation of a quesadilla using the brown rice tortillas by Food for Life that I mentioned in my last gluten-free blog.

Following this diet really only becomes challenging when I’m at a restaurant and I need to ask if anything contains gluten.  Where I dine it’s mostly soy sauce that is the culprit.  However, it can also be found in soups and sauces as a thickening agent such as modified food starch, in ketchup, malt vinegar, and all sorts of things.  I don’t think I’m super sensitive like some people are.  If you find that you are extremely sensitive to gluten, I located this awesome card you can order.  You can show it to your server when dining out; it lists all the things  you can’t have and it alerts them to your allergy so the kitchen can ensure no cross contaimination.  Here’s the link: Gluten-Free Dining Cards by Triumph Dining (Restaurant Cards – Covers 10 Languages)

Gluten-Free Dining Cards by Triumph Dining

I found the card above on this site called: Gluten Free Mall.  What I love about this site is when I created an account it allowed me to tell them what I wanted filtered out.  So, I checked a couple boxes to tell them that I don’t want to see any products that contain milk or eggs, in addition to gluten.  They also give you an option for nuts, soy, and corn.  What a great idea!  Now I can search for gluten free items and they will simply not show me anything that isn’t also vegan.  It’s the little things that excite me.

The site above has a gluten-free bread that is also vegan called Dr. Schar Multigrain Gluten-Free Bread (Sandwich), I’m going to ask my local health food store Jimbo’s to order it for me so I can try it out.  Here’s a picture:

Dr. Schar Multigrain Gluten-Free Bread (Sandwich)

I’m still determining just how sensitive I am.  Some people I’ve talked to with gluten intolerance can actually have sprouted bread such as Ezekial from Food for Life.  It contains gluten, but something about its sprouted nature doesn’t seem to upset them.  I’m hoping I can still enjoy sprouted bread.

So, I will continue with my gluten-free diet for a couple more weeks before I try eating some bread to see what happens.  I think I’ll start with Ezekial and go from there.

Thank you for coming on this journey with me!

Love, Light, and Aliveness

Krista