My Gluten Free Story

Back in August 2013, Udi’s Gluten Free Brand asked customers to share their story of their GFF (Gluten Free Friend) support system.

Here is my story.

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My fiancé is my GFF. He has no problem eating what I eat most of the time and is understanding when it comes to my food sensitivities. I love experimenting and my fiancé encourages it (because he loves taste testing!).

About 6 years ago, I wondered why I would get so deliriously sleepy after I ate soft, white Italian bread loaf bread. I would realize I would be wide awake in the middle of the day, but nearly 5 minutes after eating white bread, fluffy pizza slice or even pancakes I would fall asleep so fast!

I googled “why do I fall asleep after eating bread?” and found many links mentioning being “glutened”.

I would feel almost as if I were drunk after eating gluten. My brain would get foggy, I would lose all energy and had extremely hard time digesting food.  Eating bread would make me pass out for about a 30-minute nap and I would wake up craving more sweets and sugars. The build up of the gluten in my body would either result in horrific cramps and constipation or I would have sick stomach and terrible diarrhea and feel like staying in bed for days.

I am grateful I learned what was making me feel so lethargic. It is a agonizing feeling being full and wanting to sleep all the time.

Gluten really messed up my daily routine, to the point I was emotionally depressed, unemployed and physically uncomfortable in my own skin (and especially clothes). I have flipped through trying many kinds of diets (from raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free), and it was not until I quit eating gluten, that I lost a lot of weight and felt confident enough to become more active in life and keeping track of my health.

I never went to doctor for these concerns, until I had a miscarriage. It was then a doctor told me I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). It all made sense to me then. Though it is hard to learn I have health concerns to be extra cautious about, I am grateful to find supportive articles and groups online and have friends and supportive fiancé. I see hope there is hope for women like myself to one day be a mother by following a gluten-free, low sugar diet and to be surrounded by love for myself and environment in which I live in.

I am learning more about food everyday, which I have always been passionate about being a daughter of a chef. I have taken my experience to my last job and was able to help provide and discover many gluten-free options in Indian Cuisine.

I aspire to collect and create recipes for cuisine all over the world so all may be happy and not feel left out at the dinner table.

I hope all may realize that just because things like Tums and Pepto-Bismal exist, that society should not be consuming them daily! It’s time to stop the symptoms instead of just medicating them.

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