Gluten · Writing

Glutened Goals!

Well, Kristen Lamb has done it again! She manages to post blogs that are exactly what I need to be reading at precisely the right time. The last one addressed the enemy of the art – a failure to focus. While I usually have trouble with this because of my busy little boys both under the age of 5, I have a double whammy lately because of my trouble with gluten.

For those who are not familiar with gluten, it is not to be confused with glucose and is anything madeย from wheat, barley, or rye. I tend to be more sensitive than some other people I know and the dust from Cheerios can make me sick for a month followed by 2 more weeks of insomnia. People with gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease have varying symptoms (there are over 200 known). My personal symptoms are terrible cramping, profound exhaustion, constipation, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, and lack of focus.

This lack of focus brings me to the purpose of this post.

I’ve been able to avoid gluten for the last 4 months, but last Friday night, something in my kitchen “got me.” I usually give up writing for the most part while I’m “glutened” because it is so difficult. I feel as though there is cotton stuffed in my head. Sometimes I’ll be writing along and I have to make a conscious effort to stop my pen because my thoughts have completely strayed from what I’m doing.

Kristen has made me remember that any writing is better than none at all. So I’ll try something different this time. I usually spend about 30 minutes in the morning playing my 2 computer games, because it’s the only quiet time I get all day. However when I’m glutened, mornings are when my symptoms are at their lowest so I will take this time to write something, anything, instead.

My WIP is top priority. If I can’t focus enough to do my WIP, I’ll do a blog post. If I can’t seem to do that, then I’ll practice my free-association writing instead. To keep myself accountable, I’ll post my progress either in my following posts, or in the reply section of whatever my last post was.

I will apologize here for sloppiness and errors in my blog posts, especially in the next month. I try very much to catch them at all, but it’s harder when I’m under the influence of gluten.

By the way, the image of Twizzlers is because it’s the one thing I miss the most and haven’t yet found a gluten-free alternative. ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you have any real hindrances that keep you from achieving goals? How do you push through them?

12 thoughts on “Glutened Goals!

  1. Hindrances? Well, I lack momentum usually. And I procrastinate. And when I know I don’t have a lengthy chunk of time to work on my WIP, I tend to not even start it.
    Gluten? After about 18 months of horrible stomach issues (which I won’t detail here), including treatment by a gastro specialist, my daughter suggested I drop gluten. Her borther-in-law had experienced similar symptoms to mine and had been (largely) “cured” by dropping gluten.
    My gastro dr. said I was NOT a celiac case, but admitted that several of his non-celiac patients also improved signicantly when dropping gluten.
    I have not (knowingly / deliberately) ingested any gluten in some 480 days … even though bits have snuck into my intake.
    My incidence of stomach problems was formerly:
    stomach problems on nearly 74% of the days.
    During what I call the adjustment period of 25 days, that dropped to:
    stomach problems on 36% of the days.
    In the approx 480 days since that adjustment period:
    stomach problems on about 12-13% of the days.

    1. About 2 hours after I accidentally ingest gluten I feel it, so I can usually pinpoint where it came from. Most of the time, it comes from the kids. If William wasn’t so picky, I wouldn’t have any gluten in the house at all. I had to change out my cookware and if I have any leftovers for myself, it can’t be stored in the plastic containers.

      My GI dr said it wasn’t celiac either, but I didn’t have a lot of faith that he really knew much about it anyway. If I hadn’t finally brought it up after a month of tests, he would have said I had irritable bowel and sent me on my way. But I responded so well to going gluten free, he diagnosed me as gluten intolerant. I still think it’s celiac, but the diagnosis doesn’t really matter.

      Eliminating gluten just feels better, doesn’t it? I’m glad you were able to solve the gluten riddle for yourself too. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. It has dramatically changed my outlook. During those 18 months when I had no idea WHY it was happening, I typically felt trapped and confined to an area where I could quickly access a (reasonably clean) restroom.
    With the incidence of bad days dropping from 74% to about 12%, I have considerably more freedom … and confidence.
    All that said, I was in my late 50s before these severe symptoms even hit me. Prior to that, I could pretty much eat what I wanted. That’s a big puzzle to me.

    1. From what I understand, stress, surgeries, the birth of a child, etc, can trigger celiac or gluten intolerance. I’d had knee surgry shortly after my second cesarian when I began feeling bad. But it didn’t really start the nausea, vomiting and cramps until a friend suggested smoothies with wheat germ and wheat bran. lol They were tasty, and I wouldn’t get hungry till 2 pm, but I think that’s what really did me in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. I had a lot of stomach problems in my last 5-6 yrs of working full-time. But I know many were related to a combination of stress and the Rx I was taking for pain.
        Still haven’t figured out what LANDED on me in May of 2010, nearly 4 yrs after I retired.

      1. I don’t eat them often, but I have a bag I just got for Christmas (or something more recent).
        Guess I’ll have to give them to the grandkids!
        Glad you warned me.

  3. Glutened Goal update: My oldest has been up with the sun, so the morning writings haven’t been as productive as I’d hoped. But I yesterday I started my next blog post, and after 2 hours at the Y, I got a whopping half a page written. Little steps are better than no steps! ๐Ÿ˜€

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