Glutening Leftovers

Since being glutened by the curry paste I have been having a lot of digestive issues. I tried just stopping any dairy and being super vigilant about my safety. Yet, I continued to suffer. I’d also begun taking in green smoothies in the mornings, but I think those may have only exacerbated the problem by being tough for my tortured intestines to handle. I’ve also run across a few other people with Celiac disease who can’t digest raw spinach very well. I must be in that camp.

So, this week I’m back to eating like I am in the first phases of an elimination diet. However, I am doing it in a modified way. I know my body can handle chicken, papaya, and pineapple all of which are often not in the first phase. Yet, I think the enzymes in pineapple and papaya will do my body good.

Even with these modifications it’s still not super easy to come up with what to eat. My lunch today was less than pleasing. I had leftover teff-o-lenta (basically a teff polenta) and some avocado. Unfortunately part of the avocado had gone bad (that gray color), so there wasn’t a lot of it to cut the garlic I’d put in the teff. I couldn’t eat that much of either thing anyway. It jus wasn’t that appetizing.

However, I do have some good things going with food. I roasted a chicken last night. Yum. I slightly overcooked it, but it was still tasty. For breakfasts this week I’ve whipped up a huge bowl of fruit salad. It’s delicious. My house guest brought up some mature, fresh coconut meat around mid-morning. That was a good snack. And, tonight, I’ll be carrying some teff injera, sunflower butter, and ┬ámaybe avocado to Devin’s music gig. I’m also going to pack an apple for dessert.

I am starting to feel better after more than a week of sitting on the toilet and curled up with stomach cramps. Let’s hope I keep getting better. Devin and I are supposed to go traveling soon, and I’d really like to be well for that.

Despite my small troubles, life is still good. I am glad to be where I am, and I am glad that I know how to heal myself. I am also glad to have the resources to do so.

Be well!

6 thoughts on “Glutening Leftovers”

  1. Hi Amanda, Sorry to hear u are not feeling well. I know the pain of being glutened! I describe it as having the “gluten flu.” My holistic dietician recommended some healing foods to eat when I am glutened (foods that are easily digested so as to give your wrecked digestive track a rest). These are easy to digest and have loads of nutrients in them: a baked sweet potato drizzled in a little extra virgin olive oil OR topped with 1/3 cup organic canned coconut milk, 1/2 avocado with 1/2 to 1 whole banana mashed together (i put mine in my magic bullet blender with a smidgeon of water and turn it into a pudding-like texture. It’s delicious!), cooked veggies with quinoa, (raw veggies are too hard to digest when tummy is inflamed she said), some fresh fruit with either 1/4 cup coconut milk (I use Thai Kitchen’s organic) on top OR topped with 2 T. nut butter, or a smoothie consisting of 1/3 – 1/2 c. coconut milk, some fresh or frozen berries, and a little water (to thin mixture), blended until smooth. If you eat meat she recommends choosing ground meats, like ground turkey or chicken, for easier digestion. Hope this helps and feel better soon! ((HUGGS)) Nikki

    1. Thank you Nikki. It sounds like I am eating the majority of what’s on your list, and yet I still woke up this morning from stomach pain. It was like feeling my poo move through my body. Like constipation (as opposed to the D I had been having). I so wish this would settle. It makes me feel as though I am still doing something wrong.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear you have been ill. I Hope that you heal quickly! How did you determine your elimination diet? My go to foods are chicken, brown rice and green beans. Did I miss a post. How did you get contaminated? Take care and know that you are a great blessing to many!

    1. The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen website has a lot of good information available, and more in their books. I’d done one back before I started eating gluten free as well, so I had some idea of what to do.

      Your go to foods sound good too. I’m avoiding most grains right now, including rice, as I’ve read that many of them can be cross reactive.

      Here’s the post about how I was glutened.

      Thank you for your kind words!

  3. I hope you keep getting well and are better by the time you and Devin travel! It’s funny, I saw chicken and papaya and instantly thought Chicken Papaya! :D I’ve been making that a lot lately since I can get REAL green papaya here.

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