We’ve embarked on a slightly different adventure in the past week. Buttercup* has had some pretty life altering symptoms for quite some time. One of them seemed to come to a head a little over a week ago. I’m pretty sure my family is sick to death of hearing me tell them about food allergies, etc., but I felt very strongly that we have nothing to lose in drastically changing her diet, so I suggested it to Aunt Guardian.
Long story shortened, Aunt Buttercup* went GFCF, msg free, and aspartame free last week. Because of certain family events, my Mom has Buttercup* for two weeks in a row instead of one week on and one week off. This is her second week. It was almost ideal that we could work together during my week. Hopefully by the time she goes back to Aunt Guardian’s, the trauma of having to prepare for a special diet will be passed. Aunt Guardian is a brick, but she does a lot and it does take a lot of effort to get started with the GF diet.
Anyway, last Wednesday, I talked to my Mom and she was very happy to report that she had been eating GF with Buttercup*, and one of her own symptoms had gone away!
I know that the thought of eliminating a major ingredient from her diet has seemed like a drag, but I am so glad my Mom has gone with it and is seeing a physical improvement in herself! It’s also nice to know that I probably got the gluten sensitivity from her side of the family, so I can send out a mass email to my Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins and suggest that they consider whether or not they may have a gluten issue.
There is a reason I have been on my parents to consider the possibility of a gluten issue there. Celiac Disease is linked to gall bladder disease. Both of my parents have had their gall bladders removed, and both of them have other digestive issues. I hope my Mom enjoys life without a stomach ache and gut cramps enough to stick with the diet. Maybe my Dad will jump on the band wagon and feel better, too. If both of my parents start feeling better, maybe my sister will give it a shot for her and her family’s sake.
Going GF is no picnic, but it is so nice to feel better. I used to cheat all the time and have eggs even though I knew I was allergic, but I feel so much better since eliminating the sources of my misery that I will never go back.