Bye-Bye Bagel; You Will Be Missed
Have you ever felt sick, nauseous, and bloated immediately after eating? How about every time you eat?
A friend of mine recently identified the culprit behind her ongoing digestive problems and upset stomach: wheat—a truly sorrowful discovery as her favorite foods include pizza, bagels, and pita bread.
Medications can reduce signs and symptoms, but the only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid wheat altogether. In addition to sacrificing her favorite foods, now she must proceed with caution when dining out. While it seems like it would be an easy thing to avoid, wheat sneaks its way into the most unsuspecting ingredients: food thickeners, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, natural flavorings, soy sauce, meat substitutes, and the list goes on. Even certain types of hot dogs, ice cream, sauces, and soups can contain wheat.
As we cruised up and down the aisles of a local health food store, we found some “ok-tasting” (and pricey) options, but I’d love to find a few tasty wheat-free recipes or ready-made treats for our next gathering. If you know of any, please share your secrets. After all, it would be rude of me to continue to eat Thin Mints in front of her.