I miss you gluten

It’s blogapalooza! What does that mean, you ask? Once a month, ChicagoNow bloggers have one hour to create a post and all must publish at the same time. The topic this month is to write about something in my life that I’ve given up but wish I still did. Well, here I go…

I love playing any sport. I used to play baseball, softball, bowled, skied, tennis…you name it, I played it. Wait, that’s not true. I have never run any long distance, and by long distance I mean anything greater than the 100 yard dash. To me, running is as exciting as watching paint dry but I know many people that feel running is the best thing since sliced bread.

I was all prepared to write today on how I miss playing all my favorite sports, damn arthritis! But then I had to make that analogy between running and bread. As I typed the word bread my mouth actually began to water. While I do miss playing all my favorite sports, what I miss even more is gluten. I miss a nice warm piece of sourdough bread with butter just melted and beginning to drip down the side. I crave Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza with the thick crust. I miss real Oreo cookies, just the outside part, never liked the middle. The last thing I miss is a real good hamburger bun which doesn’t fall apart when it gets soaked with the delicious juices of my medium-rare burger.

I have been gluten-free for 3 years, not because I have Celiac disease but because I am gluten intolerant. When I took gluten out of my diet, my Crohn’s and inflammatory arthritis dramatically improved. In fact, I was able to decrease the number of medications I was taking which has been fantastic. While I still have some flare-ups in my symptoms, these come far less often. I have even been able to golf a little bit this year which makes me very happy.

Even though I feel so much better off gluten, I miss it… a lot. You may be wondering why I don’t cheat once in a while since I won’t die if I eat some. The answer is simple. I did eat some gluten one night after being gluten-free for 3 months…I had Lou Malnati’s pizza…it was delicious…I got sick. I knew that was a possibility but I didn’t care, I wanted pizza.

I probably could have a cracker and be fine, however, that may lead to 2 crackers, then a slice of bread, and so on and so on. That is what scares me the most so I just do not eat it anymore. Yes, I miss gluten, but what I do not miss is constant pain from my arthritis and Crohn’s disease and that is worth all the bread in world.

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    I am a nurse practitioner who not only treats patients, but has had chronic illnesses including cancer so I understand how frustrating medicine can be. But through all this, I have never lost my sense of humor and my ability to make people laugh. I love to cook, and since becoming gluten-free a year ago, I have recipes for everyone's tastes whether it be healthy, decadent, vegetarian, or gluten-free. My philosophy is all about health, food, laughter and life!

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