Can you remember the last gluten filled meal that you ate before gluten became your most loathed enemy? Did you know at the time that it was going to be your last?
I remember my final glutenous meal very clearly. It was the morning before I headed to the hospital to find out the results from my endoscopy. The idea that I may have something called celiac disease had been around for a while. I had almost all of the symptoms but they wanted to make sure this was the answer to my problems before I started my gluten free diet.
I was about 90% certain that morning that this was going to be the last bowl of gluten that I ever ate so I made sure it was one to remember. Before I left my apartment I ate a bowl of frosted flakes, corn flakes, rice krispies, shreddies and grape nuts. I used to love mixing all my favourites into the one bowl and that morning was no exception. It was a huge bowl of cereal! Of course I didn’t feel the best waiting to speak to my doctor after consuming all this gluten but it had to be done, I needed a final goodbye.
We have the results from your biopsy…celiac disease….gluten free diet from now on.
That huge bowl of cereal was the last gluten I ever (intentionally) ate. On the way home from the hospital my dad and I stopped at Tesco (a huge supermarket chain in the UK) and headed straight to the gluten free section. At this time my knowledge of gluten free grocery shopping was very limited. They had three different boxes of gluten free cereal. My dad bought me one of each and that evening I had my first bowl of gluten free cereal. It wasn’t the same, but it wasn’t so bad.
What was your final glutenous meal before you began your gluten free diet? Share your stories in the comments below..