It was “Christmas Morning” (we had it a couple days late) at my in laws and we were opening presents.

I snuck back to the kitchen to get another waffle because they were so yummy.

As I was eating it my MIL asks … “are you sure that is one of the gluten free waffles???”

I froze and spat it out and ran over to check … but the damage had already been done. I had taken a glutenous waffle by mistake!

I kept thinking to myself “How the heck did I not notice?” The gluten free waffles weren’t as brown AND there wasn’t as many leftover after I had eaten them, so I should have realized!

The holidays are hard when it comes to allergies! There is so much food around that is more likely to have come in contact with gluten (or whatever allergy/sensitivity you may have.)

I am lucky to have a family is that is so aware of what I can and can’t eat and even are sometimes even one step ahead of me! On top of that - my MIL always makes sure there is something GF for me to eat and is so willing to try new things!

As a result of the waffle incident…

I was exhausted

my head hurt

I had terrible stomach pains

I felt extremely nauseous

and I looked pregnant…..

(if you want a visual - we went to a movie and I went to the bathroom quick before it started. When I returned my husband pointed out that my pants were still undone … I was so bloated I couldn’t do them up!)

I’ll spare you some other details.

Luckily, by following my usual routine below I was feeling better pretty soon!

  • REST - It takes extra work for your body to heal so give your body time to rest while its working over time to get the gluten out of your system.

  • Digestzen from doTERRA (one of my FAVOURITE essential oil blends. If you want to give it a try, email me so I can help you get the best value.)

  • Drink lots of water - fluids will help flush your system and keep you hydrated if you're vomiting or have diarrhea. If you are vomiting or have diarrhea you can also try coconut water to replace electrolytes that may have been lost.

  • Avoid dairy (I already do this, but am extra careful once I have had gluten) it is harder for your body to digest properly when the digestive system and enzymes have been compromised due to gluten. (The vili in the gut are in no shape to digest yet.)

  • Eat foods that are gentle on your system - soups, easier to digest foods such as green smoothies, sauerkraut, bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and scrambled eggs. All in all, make sure your diet is pretty bland and plain for the next couple days.

  • Heating pad or warm wheatie bag- Heat is very soothing when you’re experiencing pain anywhere in your body and it works for the digestive system as well. Apply the heat to your abdomen as needed to ease your pain.

  • Digestive enzymes - I usually take these on a regular basis, however it is extra helpful a few days after being exposed to gluten. When you’ve been exposed to gluten, your small intestine will most likely become inflamed and will not be functioning optimally for digestion. A good quality digestive enzyme will give you a boost of those enzymes for optimal digestion. Digestive enzymes can be helpful to decrease the symptoms of increased gas, bloating, and diarrhea that can come from undigested food. 

  • Herbal tea - I like peppermint: especially for gas, bloating, and stomach pain. I personally don’t like ginger tea however it is helpful if you’re experiencing nausea or diarrhea.

  • Bone broth - is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline. The gelatin in bone broth protects and supports the mucosal lining of the digestive tract that may be affected when you are glutened.

  • Probiotics - these are very helpful to get your gut health back on track - it promotes the growth of good gut bacteria to restore what gluten has depleted. If you already take a good quality probiotic daily, you might want to increase your dose for a week or two to support your GI tract with beneficial bacteria.

    Now tell me, what are your go to’s when you have been glutened?