Are you yearning for an update on my dietary habits? If so, then (a) why? and (b) you’re in luck, since it’s that time again!
As you may recall, I decided to try cutting gluten entirely out of my diet for a month, as an experiment to see if/how it would help my Complainer Belly Syndrome (that is the technical medical name). It has now been a month.
Did it work?
As far as I can tell… yes. I did not have a single incidence of Whiny Ol’ Belly Disorder during the entire month. (This is all guesswork and correlation, rather than Clear Solid Scientific Facts, but unfortunately, with gluten sensitivity, that’s the best one can do.)
I’m actually going to start eating gluten again: at least one serving per day for the next two weeks. Then, I’m going to go tested for celiac disease, just to make sure that’s not on the table. (The test won’t work unless one has been eating gluten, as it relies on measuring the body’s antibody reaction.)
If the test is negative, I’ll still probably assume that I’m gluten sensitive, and will go back to a gluten-free diet after I’ve taken the test.* If, by some fluke of nature, the test is positive, then I will have to buy all new cookware, stare suspiciously at envelope rubber, etc.
*If I feel exactly as good with gluten back in my diet as I did without it, then I will question everything, worry incessantly, and ponder deeply.
It’s all very complicated.