Once upon a Wednesday | Wheat Patrol
First off, let me explain, I’m not coeliac. I don’t have an issue with gluten. But I am allergic to wheat.
Coeliac disease is an intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley, which leads to damage in the small intestine. Those who are gluten intolerant are also wheat intolerant.
However, wheat intolerance or allergy sufferers who don’t have a reaction to gluten are therefore able to eat grain substitutes like barley and rye without experiencing any side effects.
So while they are closely related, can you see that the two are different?
Wheat allergy symptoms are more severe than intolerance symptoms and, from experience, I can testify that they can occur immediately having eaten wheat. And those who’ve sat at a table eating a meal with me can confirm that!
For years I suffered - and I mean years. Doctors didn’t diagnose it other than confirming I wasn’t coeliac. They gave me weird prescriptions (I was willing to try anything) that did absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zip. Zappo. I felt miserable, I never knew when it would strike and it did so on many inopportune occasions. I’d miss out on activities, just in case I had a flare up and I was getting to the point where I would only feel comfortable eating at home. So, you see, it had been to controlling my life for too long.
It took an advert for allergy testing that I spotted in a local salon for me to finally get down to what my issue was. For the longest time, I’d developed my own theories about my problem and suddenly, the lady tester who sat opposite me, having done her non-intrusive testing, confirmed that wheat was my problem. Wheat is in so many foodstuffs.
Since then, I believe there are 1,000’s, 10,000’s, maybe even millions of people out there with food intolerances or allergies, that if they get to the bottom of what foodstuff was causing them to feel yuk, once they take it in hand they would see such a difference in their wellness and allow them to live life without having difficulty in breathing, skin issues, hayfever-like symptoms, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea and any other sensitive reaction they have.
I’m so pleased to see that supermarkets are working at expanding their range of gluten and wheat-free products. I actually feel quite spoilt when I visit the entire aisle of ‘Free-From’ range in our local Asda store! In restaurants, I used to feel I was making a fuss when I questioned their menu’s but they too are increasing their gluten and wheat-free dishes for those of us who have to watch these components of our diets.
If you think you may have a food intolerance or allergy, I urge you to find an allergy tester! I don’t know if the NHS provides for this but I paid privately for mine - and it wasn’t expensive, besides, once I’d had my problem confirmed and I knew what I was dealing with, it was a small price to pay. And I’m so glad I did.
Seriously, you won’t believe how different you’ll feel once you know the culprit and how to avoid it!
While I don’t belong to the medical profession, if you’d like to get in touch about this or if you have any questions, shoot me an email, I’d be happy to chat!
References: Coeliac Disease Foundation, YorkTest Laboratories and Asda. No affiliated links.