How to Stop Gluten Contamination
Accidental gluten contamination (also known as cross-contamination or cross-contact) causes the majority of glutenings in people who strictly follow a gluten-free diet.
I know first-hand the impact of accidental gluten contamination, and I am excited to share with you a new resource for comprehensive information about how to stop gluten contamination.
How to Stop Gluten Contamination is an archive-of-sorts focused entirely on the subject of gluten contamination. It breaks down Positively Free™ blog posts by category and topic for your convenience. You can choose to view select topics or browse the whole archive so you can get answers to your gluten contamination questions.
For folks who are newer to learning about living gluten-free, please allow me to share a personal account of how accidental gluten contamination has affected me. (If you just want the link to the new page, please scroll to the bottom!)
Three weeks ago, I got glutened.
Five or six bites of a contaminated dish from a gluten-free menu sent the most gluten through my system in 8+ years. Needless to say, I’ve been pretty sick for the past three weeks. I’ve been trying to take it easy and focus on self-care. I’m finally starting to come out of the gluten fog, but I’m still feeling the gluten working on me, and it’s brought up a lot of unexpected emotions:
Gluten paranoia anxiety has cropped up again. My confidence in “the system” is shaken. Anyone with gluten issues knows eating out always poses a potential risk of getting sick, but it’s gotten so much easier to find gluten-free options at restaurants that I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security. This dinner was a wake-up call for me. It reminded me (again) just how quickly a simple night out can wreak havoc on your body and mind.
That it happened. That three weeks of my life (and work) have been greatly affected. That it wasn’t handled well at the restaurant. That the “trend” of gluten-free has overshadowed real medical necessity of this lifestyle.
We happened to be eating out with my husband’s coworker and his family. They are aware of my gluten issue, but not intimately so. By the end of the evening, they received a thorough education on the subject. I don’t know about you, but I just want to “feel normal” when eating out. Having to discuss all of my gluten issues in public felt humiliating. (It shouldn’t have…but it did.)
If nothing else, this experience helped remind me how much my life has changed (for the better!) since I started living gluten-free. I am so grateful for my husband who handled the awkward situation at the restaurant, followed up with the owner a week later, and took over my share of child and house responsibilities so that I could focus on getting better as fast as possible. (By the way, he is working on a post for you about his experience living with a gluten-free partner, but he got sidetracked taking care of me! His post should be out soon. Feel free to comment below or email me if you have a last-minute question for him.)
What helps you feel better after you’ve been glutened?
I’d love to hear your tips!