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goldilocks wrote:First time eating wheat/gluten today! Any adverse symptoms from that? Wow, you'll be so lucky if you can eat gluten!
moonwatcher wrote:Just a suggestion, veganteen, but I see you are eating a lot of raw bananas. In Dr. Barnard's Foods That Fight Pain, bananas are on a list of common triggers along with meat, wheat, dairy, chocolate, soy, tomatoes, citrus fruit and a few others I'm probably forgetting. One of the things I deal with is fibromyalgia and I find that raw banana can trigger an inflammation response for me. So do the larger citrus fruits like orange and grapefruit. He says these same foods can be triggers in various auto-immune conditions. You might want to take the book out of the library and see if any of it speaks to you. He doesn't have a chapter on lupus or multiple sclerosis (which I also have) but I still found it helpful in working the puzzle of sorting things out for myself.
This might seem weird but baked and toasted, deeply browned grains also seem to trigger more pain for me, or make it more difficult for pain to resolve. They also are harder to digest for me than whole, steamed grains. I also have to avoid gluten.
I also want to lend my best wishes to your efforts--good luck, it is great you are willing to be a food detective in this way.
goldilocks wrote:It makes sense to me that your bloating and knuckle pain might be due to gluten. You didn't have either of those symptoms before you ate the wheat flour, and you got both after you consumed the wheat.
I know regular oats have a very tiny amount of gluten, and I buy gluten-free oats since I have celiac disease. But I do sometimes eat regular oats and oat bran, and I've never noticed any adverse symptoms from them, so I think the amount of gluten is really really small. I'm pretty sensitive too. And since you were eating regular oats previously and you were pain-free and bloating-free, I'd guess it is not oats.
I'd also guess that bananas are not a problem for you giving that you were eating them and feeling fine earlier this week. But obviously you won't know for sure until you test them carefully.