As celiacs we are all (hopefully!) on a strict gluten free diet but even when we are as careful as we can be sometimes we make mistakes.
Not all celiacs feel the same way when they are accidentally glutened. Some feel like they’re dying, others basically just like crap and some, nothing at all. Whether loud or silent, accidentally eating gluten isn’t good. As a follow on from yesterday’s So You Accidentally Ate Gluten Post I thought it would be interesting to see how you deal with one of the most horrible parts of being celiac, being glutened (or glutenated as I prefer to call it).
We all do different things to make ourselves feel better. Yesterday I asked my Twitter and Facebook followers ‘What makes you feel better after you accidentally eat gluten?’ Some of these things I do already and others I will try IF (I’m perhaps being a little over confident here) I ever accidentally get contaminated by evil gluten again in the future. Hopefully it will give you some ideas to try too. I’m yet to find a magical cure which takes away the symptoms I suffer after accidentally eating gluten but I have some things that I do which ease the aches and pains. This is what you said.
- Rest, rest and more rest.
- Go to bed and sleep it off
- Drink plenty of fluids!
- Relax with a hot water bottle
- Rehydrate with coconut water
- Aloe Vera juice
- Peppermint tea
- Eat lots of fruit and veggies
- Anti spasm and anti nausea meds
- Ginger tablets
- Stick to food I’m 100% sure is safe
- Lemonade/7up to reduce stomach pains
- Redbull to get some of that lost energy back.
- Coke to give energy and also help to burp out some bloatedness
These are my methods of reducing/coping with post glutenation aches and pains…
I do my best to relax. I try not to push myself to do more than I have to. When I feel as terrible as I do after being accidentally exposed to gluten I don’t need any additional stress. As someone who LOVES running I find it really difficult to take more than a day or two away from at least a short run I try to tell myself I’ll be better off and I’ll heal faster if I just relax. Once I’ve convinced myself I’ll sit on the couch and watch a few episodes of House with a cup of tea. I’m also very lucky to have a wonderful, kind husband who will cook my gluten free dinner for me when I feel like this.
I get extra sleep. When I accidentally eat gluten I suffer from extreme fatigue and tiredness so sometimes the best thing to do really is to just go to bed and sleep it off. I’ve been known to be out cold for 12 hours after being glutened but I often feel a lot better after an extra long sleep like this.
I drink lots of water. Getting extra fluids after eating gluten can only be a good thing. Water helps rid my body of toxins and keeps me as refreshed and alert as I can be in my foggy state.
I only eat food I’m 100% sure about. It’s not that I risk things normally but there are often more risks than there should be when it comes to eating gluten free. I’m 100% sure that fresh fruit and veg, potatoes, etc are gluten free so these are what I”ll eat when I’m getting over being accidentally glutenated. I’ll also continue to eat the products I’m used to eating which I know are produced in a completely gluten free facility.
I drink tea. When I have achy muscles and a sore stomach a lovely warm cup of tea is my drink of choice. Drinking something warm, especially if it’s herbal like Chamomile or ginger, can help settle my stomach and eases muscle pains. Breakfast tea with ginger or honey is also good.
I’m all about coconut water. I’m a huge fan of coconut water these days. It’s great post race for getting all those vitamins and minerals back in and it’s great post accidental gluten consumption for many of the same reasons.
I drink ginger beer. Back to the idea that ginger can help settle aches and pains, sometimes I’ll have a ginger beer or ale…as you can see A LOT of fluids are on my post glutenation menu.
I eat fruit and veg. I tend to feel better when I eat healthy, fresh foods in general so it makes sense that fruit and veg are some of the things I eat a lot of when I find myself accidentally glutenated. I also like that I can get addition water and stay hydrated from fruits.
I take a hot bath or shower. This helps me to relax and again also helps reduce those nasty muscle aches and tummy pains.
I go out for a walk. I’ m a big believer that going for a walk can be a great help in clearing your head and personally getting some fresh air helps me to heal faster. It also gets me out and about and thinking about something else rather than feeling sorry for myself.
I remember that the fog will clear. When I accidentally eat gluten I feel awful. When I feel this way sometimes it’s hard to see past the fog but one of the best ways to get through the nasty symptoms is to remember that in a few days or so the symptoms will fade and I’ll feel like myself again.
What do you do to feel better after you’ve been glutened? Have you found something which helps? Many celiacs are looking for answers or at least new strategies to try! Please share your ideas in the comments below..