Getting glutened is no joke, and despite my diligence, still happens to me. Within hours of gluten exposure, I'm married to the porcelain throne and can bank on a few days of full-on flu symptoms, followed by a week or two of digestive/skin issues, joint pain, brain fog, fatigue, and more.
Through trial and error, I've learned how to manage my symptoms as well as kick-start my healing and recovery process.
This was a huge adjustment for me. My first instinct was to soldier through my symptoms. It wasn't long before I realized all I was doing was prolonging my recovery. I work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. It was unrealistic for me to think that I could keep up without crashing! Same goes for personal commitments - I started listening to my body and being honest with myself and others about what I could and couldn't do.
Rest can mean different things to different people. For me, it means curling up in bed with a hot water bottle and a feel-good book or show with Zeus by my side and a gut-soothing tea within arm's reach. Complete R&R!
My body craves warm drinks. Herbal teas (specifically turmeric ginger or spearmint) and bone broth are my go-tos. Homemade broth tastes the best to me, but if you aren't into the 2-day process, the Bone Broth Bar has some yummy options as well. Speaking of convenience, Organika's Chicken Protein Powder is a great travel/back-up option as well; just add hot water and you're set!
In case you were wondering, the answer is, yes - bone broth is worth the hype! It contains gut-healing collagen and glutamine and has been a major game changer for me.
If warm drinks aren't your thing, plain ol' h2o and coconut water are also good choices.
Support my digestion
I usually can't stomach anything but broth for the first two days. Once I get my appetite back, I keep things pretty simple. I stick to smoothies, baked sweet potatoes and steamed veg. I steer clear of grains, nightshades, legumes, meat, fish and eggs. Oh, and no salads - raw vegetables are way too difficult to digest. I take digestive enzymes and a probiotic daily as it is, but they're especially important during this time.
I also incorporate additional supplements to help soothe my gut and reduce inflammation:
I hope you find this useful as you navigate your gluten-free journey. Remember, sh*t happens! LITERALLY. And even the most cautious gluten-free eaters get glutened (I know, I'm one of them!). Be patient, and be kind to yourself. This will pass.
I'm here to help if you have questions. ❤︎