I went out to eat on Saturday, had part of a prepared salad, and didn’t think a thing about it because I was sure the dressing was fresh. Not an hour later I was laying in bed in fetal position, my head totally fuzzy from dehydration and hurting, my stomach cramping. I was incapacitated for the rest of the day.
I didn’t have any other symptoms I know are associated with gluten, for me, like bloating, or stuffy nose. Plus I knew exactly what I’d eaten up until that point for the last two days. No gluten in sight. This was definitely a gum-related thing. It hit fast and hard.
I feel like gluten is hard on my entire body (gums just affect my stomach, and, by association, my head). But gums hit me faster (within 2 hours, as opposed to the 12-24 that gluten tends to take). Gluten… Well, I can easily avoid that. Tell servers not to serve me wheat. It’s not too difficult for them. Well, most of the time. But gum?
I was at the local health food store yesterday and happened to ask if they had a pill to help digest gums (like they do for gluten – I bought it in case of emergency). She looked at me like I was crazy. “Xanthan gum,” I said. “I’m crazy allergic.”
“But…” she replied. “It’s in everything!”
Yeah, I know.
By the way I baked a ton this weekend. I have a bread recipe coming your way as soon as I can take decent photos. I made GF cupcakes that were just ok (so no recipe, sorry). I’ll be making GF churros for my impending trip to Disneyland. I will share, I promise. I just have to get organized!