Last year I was trying to figure out what was causing me stomach aches and discomfort. I wondered if it was cheese or meat that was causing cramping and bloating, lasting a few hours and usually after eating one of the two or a combo. I thought I might not be digesting the protein, perhaps having some kind of gall bladder issue. With each event I tried to backtrack what I had eaten that day. But even on days that I would leave the cheese off a sandwich, pasta with just veggies or although I rarely eat pizza would only have veggie I could not pin point one thing…..until now.
Over the last couple months I cut wheat out of my diet. After a brief trial of this last fall I decided to try again (insert various reasons that I will not go into again here).
I have had fish tacos with cheese in corn (not wheat) tortillas. I have had plenty of brown rice, potatoes, oatmeal, basically lots of other carbs and grains….just not wheat. I have had lots of fish, chicken, bacon even a little pork chop. I have had string cheese, caprese salad, cheese on my enchiladas (again with corn tortillas).
All of this to say I hadn’t had any stomach cramps. Until a couple of weeks ago, I ate two sesame flatbread crackers as a quick snack. Two, that was all, nothing else with it. The stomach ache was quick. It lasted hours, it made sleeping virtually impossible that night.
Then last weekend Lori and I had a Sushi lunch out, there was a roll we shared and I didn’t even think about it but the shrimp in the roll was coated in panko. The stomach ache was nearly immediate.
I knew before that things like cookies and sweets would give me heartburn. Not chocolate or treats without flour, but mostly pastry of some kind. This did however make not eating my baked goods easier.
After doing some research I do believe I am allergic to wheat, or at least wheat sensitive. Simple as that, easy to avoid and difficult to avoid all at the same time. However the stomach ache is not worth even a little wheat.
No pizza, no bagels, no crackers, no bread, no cereal, no breading, no pasta (I miss pasta), no flour tortillas…it does not matter if it is ground, whole or sprouted wheat, I am sans wheat these days!!