|Not my kind of reunion...|
After a week of walking around as a zombified, foggy-brained, heavy-limbed version of my usual self, this celiac is back in business. In particular, in the business of sharing the top four tricks I've learned about how to bounce back from a glutening.
First, know your medicines. Besides keeping up my usual probiotics and vitamins (particularly calcium and zinc, as prescribed by my doctor), two extra medicines join my regiment post-glutening. First, activated charcoal. These tablets don't look or sound like much, but when taken, they bind to toxins in the body. Although not exactly a "gluten-be-gone," many other gluten free bloggers take charcoal after a suspected glutening.
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Next, keep it simple in the kitchen - in terms of needed prep and ingredients. When my stomach feels upset and I don't have much energy, the last thing I want to do is cook. So, this last week I stuck to the basics with meals. My favorites? A baked potato stuffed with whatever leftovers I had on hand. Crock pot stews that do all the cookin' while I'm busy in class. And Earth balance's new GF and vegan Mac and cheese, which cooked in a snap.
In my glutening research (cause what's a better use of time when your lying in bed glutened than googling quick fixes?), most celiacs suggest a high nutrient, low processed diet the week after accidentally ingesting gluten. I totally agree - but if you're craving some major comfort food (gluten free pizza, anyone?), try to compromise.
In my case, I followed my usual pretty-healthy diet while embracing comfort foods (like homemade granola and Mac and cheese) by sneaking in some extra nutrients (such as turmeric powder, spinach or chopped veggies) to the base recipe.
The hardest tip for me to follow? Respect how (or even if!) your body wants to move. My main gluten symptom is extreme fatigue, so I try to give my body lots of rest. At the same time, I also know that I'll often feel better once I get moving.
|Spinach in granola? Trust me, it's delicious!|
As such, I usually compromise with some yoga, light stretching (especially helpful for an upset tummy!), and slow stationary bike sessions (mostly motivated last week by my upcoming Politics Midterm!). Everyone's glutened experience is different - and their activity levels should reflect that.
Finally, keep you friends and family in the loop - and let them help however they can. While I try not to whine about my celiac problems (I got 99 problems and gluten makes up 98 of them...), I've learned that sharing is caring. Partly because then my roomies and boyfriend won't take it personally if I snap at them or fall asleep while they're talking. Mostly because I know they care about me and want to help.
|Not this kind of yoga...|
What does that help look like? No one (that I've met at least!) knows how to totally vanquish gluten problems, but friends can help to distract and comfort. Cuddle sessions on the couch, Netflix marathons or adorable get-well cards (like the one my mom sent) are all highly recommended! And while I was wary about telling my boss, it let her understand why I was slower (and more spaced out) at work than usual.
Surviving being glutened is never easy. The longer I've been gluten free, though, the more recovery tips I've picked up. And one guarantee? By the time I return to "normal," I'm even more grateful for my diagnosis and access to a gluten free diet.
Because gluten and me? That's more of a Hollywood horror story than a romance!
What are some of your tips to recover from being glutened? Comment below!