All posts tagged: gluten

Anxiety, panic attacks and living with Hashimoto’s

For the past few weeks, I have been hiding a big autoimmune flare-up. I say hiding, because I when I have these flare-ups I tend to be much quieter – online and off. Every twinge, ache and feeling in my body is exaggerated. Every one of my senses feels heightened. I have become brilliant at hiding it, but I can’t be around too many people when I feel this way. I have Hashimoto’s – an autoimmune condition that attacks my thyroid. The antibodies that are responsible for this were discovered after my second miscarriage. I have been taming these antibodies with a gluten-free diet for 2-years, but every now and again they rear their ugly head and wreak havoc on my body. I could feel them coming towards the end of the Easter school holidays. I’d had a few late nights, drinking red wine with family and friends and eating way too much of the kids’ chocolate stash. I am usually so strict about never having gluten, but there were a few chocolate eggs that I …

Gluten – no grain, no pain!

Switching to gluten-free will be a breeze, I thought.  I’ll just buy the gluten-free bread and pasta, I said.  It will be just like being on the Atkins but with rice and potatoes allowed on the side, I joked. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Although, I was not laughing 3-weeks into my new regime when I ordered potted shrimp in a restaurant and had to drive home with a burning, blistering tongue, because one of the ingredients they used was Worcester sauce, which contains gluten. A week of painkillers and iglu followed. The next time I ate out, I ordered steak and chips because potatoes do not contain gluten… unfortunately, the burning mouth and blistering tongue reliably informed me that sadly, chips sometimes do. The frozen kinds are often coated in flour to stop them sticking together.  The chip shop kind are often fried in the same oil as the battered fish, and the french kind can often be seasoned with gluten containing ingredients. Even if you slice and fry your own potatoes at home, soaking them in malt …