Thursday, August 02, 2007

gluten glutony


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A few months ago, my primary care physician Dr. M. asked me to consider adopting a gluten-free diet for a month. She speculates a gluten allergy could be responsible for my migraines, depression and mild IBS.

I thought it sounded like an excellent idea at the time and had every intention of pursuing this change in that moment. However, something happened between the appointment and putting this plan into action.

I dove head first into what can only be described as a gluten binge. I started eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every single day. I ate (gasp) Chicken McNuggets, English muffins, potato chips and cereal. Instead of cutting back on items containing gluten, I was eating more of them than ever.

I was initially appalled at my behavior. But maybe there is something to be said for my reluctance. The New York Times thinks so:

Jury is Still Out on Gluten, the Latest Dietary Villain

I guess my initial reaction was some kind of immature rebellion against doing something that will no doubt be difficult. But I think I owe it to myself to see it will help me feel better. I've tried much crazier things. Why not this? And I'm thinking a reduction might be an adequate start, which is much less daunting than a cold-turkey gluten shut out.

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