Gluten intolerance: No more pizza and pasta?
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It can be extremely challenging to identify foods you need to avoid when you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Especially as a vegan it’s kind of tricky. But it’s absolutely doable. I constantly hear people say that they could never not eat gluten. But hey, if you have to do it, you have no choice. I feel extremely tired after eating gluten, furthermore I struggle with stomach aches and digestive problems. It’s really not that hard once you figure out what you can and cannot eat. There is a recplacement for nearly everthing.
How did I found out that I should avoid gluten?
Actually it’s super easy. I took the test by Pinnertest and they send you a kit with instructions. When you receive the kit, then you pricks you with a pricker they provide. Doesn’t hurt at all, btw! After you get pricked, you press that finger onto the sheet to get some blood on it. Finally, you send it back in the addressed envelope. I received my results 10 days later via email.
If you want to be tested for gluten, you must make sure to eat it the week before the test. I didn’t know this in advance but since I thought I had no problems with gluten anyway I ate it of course. If you’re already eating a bit or a lot of gluten and curious to see if you’re food intolerant to it, I recommend getting testing for it.
Which symptoms do gluten intolerance people have?
Gluten is a group of proteins that is often found in foods that are made from wheat and other grains (barley and rye). When you have a gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, your body will produce a negative response after consuming gluten.
When you have a gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
- chronic fatigue
- tingling and numbness in arms and legs
- headaches and migraines
- digestive problems including
- higher risk of autoimmune diseases
Pinnertest tested over 200 different groceries (use the code ANIAHIMSA to get 60 dollar off + free worldwide shipping)*. The results will be separated in green and red columns. Red column = avoid. Furthrmore, there are 3 different categories for red.
– 1 degree (low reaction)
– 2 degree (moderate reaction)
– 3 degree (high reaction)
“The red column indicates you have an intolerance to these particular foods and it is suggested that you should try to eliminate them completely from your diet.”
Gluten was on degree 3, which means I should avoid it whenever possible.
Everything makes sense
When I think back to my childhood and youth as a teenager, I can remember that I struggled a lot with stomach cramps. Not daily but quite often. By the time I moved out and had my own apartment it got better. Probably because I started to cook for myself. My diet got healthier anyway which was also connected with eating less gluten. But still, I ate a lot of whole grain foods which wasn’t better for the gluten intolerance, actually quite the opposite.
Since the pain was always in my gut I already thought that it problably has to do with something I eat regularly. But never ever did I think about gluten.
Only when I got the results from the Pinnertest it made sense for me. Of course it’s been a shock too. But in the end I’m happy I took it. Knowing what food intolerances you have is so important. Now I’m aware of the groceries I can’t eat anymore or shouldn’t eat every day. This is a very important point too. Being on a gluten free diet from now on doesn’t mean I can’t have pizza or pasta no more. I won’t have it often, of course, but it’s also clear that there will come situations in my life where I have no other choice (especially when eating out, etc).
Vegan und gluten free – does it work?
Good news: YES! I was afraid too but now, after nearly 5 weeks on a gluten free diet, I can totally say I don’t really miss a thing. Ok, maybe bread. But for the rest I’m totally fine. I’ve been experimenting a lot in the kitchen with new recipes and ingredients. I already uploaded my favourite gluten free pasta for you btw.! 🙂
I was thinking about writing a blog post about wheat alternatives, especially flour. Would you be interested in it? Let me know!
Lots of love,