Observant readers (my mom) might have noticed me complaining more about digestive issues lately.
Iâ€™ve had â€˜em since college, though theyâ€™ve been a lot better in the past few years since adopting a healthier lifestyle and finding a probiotic I loved.Â Well, that probiotic is now unavailable, and my stomach is just a hot mess as of late.
In the past, Iâ€™ve gone in a frustrating circle of: regular doctor, allergy doctor or gastro, invasive test, told itâ€™s IBS and not given much guidance on how to treat it, repeat. COOL.
I went for a physical a few weeks ago to make sure I was healthy overall, and everything came back fine, but I still felt crappy. Literally.
Too many meals out and too many Starbucks/Dunkinâ€™ breakfast sandwiches have shown in my waist and on the scale, so I figured they havenâ€™t helped my digestive system either. I knew I should take a look at what Iâ€™m eating, figure out what works and what doesnâ€™t, so I decided to see an RD yesterday. I found her through ZocDoc, of course, and she even takes my insurance!
She looked at my blood work, we talked about past medical tests and their results, and we talked about what I was doing now and how I felt. I told her that Iâ€™d been tested for celiac a few years ago, and she said if my levels were high enough for them to give me an endoscopy, it was likely I was gluten-sensitive even though the celiac test had come back negative.
â€œWould you consider trying a gluten-free diet for three weeks?â€ she asked.
â€œSure, why not?â€ I just wanted to feel better.
She worked with me to come up with several types of options for each meal time and for different scenarios, including a late night that involves wine (she gets me already) or a early night at home.
Reading my old post about celiac testing, I canâ€™t believe I cried. Although I did let loose a whole string of curses when LeticiaÂ reminded me of the lack of bagels that would be in my life. From having lots of gluten-free friends, Iâ€™ve seen that itâ€™s easier than ever to be gluten-free in NYC, so if this is a lifetime thing, Iâ€™ll just never leave NYC.
I made a promise to the RD and to myself that Iâ€™d try this for 3 weeks, so here goes nothing! It really hasnâ€™t been too bad too far. Iâ€™m also going to try my best to stay away from all of the processed gluten-free substitutes.
Gluten-free people: any advice?