|Fresh pumpkin and a pecan/hazelnut crust.|
I had no reactions, be it positive or negative. Then on Christmas morning, with a cup of coffee, I had a chunk of Mom's pecan dark/white chocolate bark.
Within 30 minutes, I experienced a sugar buzz! It was hard to describe, but it felt kinda like an "out of body" experience. This rush lasted about 20 minutes and then I was back to normal. Luckily, I did not experience the "crash" that usually follows.
Since Christmas day, I have still limited my sugar consumption to Paleo-approved sugars, i.e. honey and maple sugar, and have not had much. This will continue to be the plan from here on out, with the exception of race nutrition, which will include gels and Rapidade. I really don't have a craving for sugar. I find that I can satisfy my sweet tooth with fruit and the Pomegranate juice "popsicles" that my daughter and I enjoy on occasion for a bedtime snack.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was fearful of having "glutened" myself or perhaps having an issue with a FODMAP. Well, today is day 9 of being glutened. Over Christmas weekend, my GI issues continued to escalate into full blown glutening: nausea, bloating, fatigue, difficulty sleeping,and irritability. The only food I could track this to would be the raw cashews. I have not eaten at a restaurant for 8 weeks nor have I been eating any processed foods. I have been buying these in bulk from Whole Foods for the past 6 months. The allergy statement did not mention the possibility of being processed in a facility that also handles wheat and the produce manager even assured me so. However, after researching "bulk nuts", I have discovered that, according to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act
If a food is potentially cross-contaminated with one of these allergens during production, packaging or storage, the company is not required to include this information on the package, and the federal government does not have standards for cross-contamination statements. It is a company's choice whether or not to include this information, and how to word it.
You would think that after 2 years of being "gluten-free," I would have all this figured out. So now, based on past experience, I probably have another 3-4 weeks of feeling like shit! I am hoping for a small miracle that by being Whole 30 for a month, I might get over this glutening a little quicker. Next Saturday is the first race of The Snake and to do well, you must be at the top of your game. Nothing like a challenge!
I was happy to run across this website. They have certified gluten-free nuts! A little more expensive, but so worth it. I have already placed an order for 4 pounds of cashews. Yep, I love me some cashews!
One thing that does particularly concern me is how irritable, short-tempered, and mildly depressed I have become since being glutened. I do believe this crap messes with my mind as well as my GI tract. After 2 1/2 weeks of being on the Whole 30 plan, my mind was clear and full of happy thoughts and feelings. I was even tempered and it took a hell of a lot to get me riled. And now, it doesn't take much to upset me. And THAT is really SCARY. It is a wake up call to me that gluten and other grains could lead to serious depression in the right person. Could "gluten" be a cause for the increase in mental illness in our society today?
As far as reintroducing any more "foods" back into my diet, probably not until I get over this glutening.