You would think that after being a celiac and gluten-free for 30 years, I could take care of myself at a family reunion and not get sick. Well that wasn’t the case last weekend.
We went to Gettysburg to my husband’s sister’s farm for a big family reunion, 54 of us to be exact, and not everyone could make it. So it could have been even bigger.
Most of the food was brought by family members. I brought most of my own gluten-free food for myself, for two reasons.
- I didn’t want to be sick all weekend, and
- I had just started a low carb diet and didn’t want to go off of it too much for the weekend.
So I really thought I had it covered. Plus my sister-in-law has a grandchild who is gluten-free as well. I should have inquired more thoroughly, but you know what they say about hindsight…always being 20/20.
I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but by Saturday afternoon, I was spending a lot of my reunion time in the bathroom, and by Saturday evening, I had severe stomach cramps. To the extent that I couldn’t sleep. I haven’t been that sick in a very long time.
I had forgotten about the gluten-filled exhaustion you get and the brain fog.
So why am I telling you all this? Because I want you to know that no matter how long you’ve been gluten-free, or how careful you are, you can still get glutened by cross-contamination. That is the only explanation I can think of for my getting glutened.