How a little thing called gluten can play havoc on little tummies
Warning: don’t read this if you’re still eating your breakfast...
When I was pregnant I suffered from severe stomach cramps.
Being of stubborn mind, I thought I could do a self-diagnosis without my doctor.
It was either irritable bowel syndrome or gastroenteritis or giardia or Coeliac disease or constipation.
How clever am I to work that out?
I ended up seeing my doctor, but not without first trying a gluten-free diet which is what those with Coeliac disease must do.
And it was not easy.
In fact, I realised that almost everything I ate contained gluten, not just bread and pasta.
There’s gluten in biscuits, soy sauce, stock, barbecue sauce, sausages, crackers, gravy powder, Vegemite, meusli bars, breakfast cereals, pastries, Milo and salad dressings.
And there can be hidden gluten in everything from baked beans, to toothpaste, to lipstick!
I could no longer enjoy a muffin with my morning coffee, or get a takeaway pizza on the weekend.
But instead I frequented the health food shops and health food aisles of the supermarkets to stock up on gluten-free products.
While I don’t have Coeliac disease, my little diet experiment was a huge eye-opener.