This has nothing to do with quilting ----but it does have to do with traveling with my quilting.
Those of you who have read me for a long time know that I have struggled with a lot of pain and inflammation in my hip joints over the past year, enough to stop me from power walking, and even causing me a tough time getting to the top of the driveway to retrieve the mail from the mail box.
I’ve had shots. I have had chiropractic. I have had physical therapy. I have tried pills and prescriptions.
I get regular massage.
I have tried EVERYTHING I can think of to deal with chronic pain and I’ve hit an impasse.
My neuromuscular therapist Rena told me about her daughter and her rheumatoid arthritis from a young age and how the presence of gluten in her diet caused things to get worse. Removing the gluten from the diet caused great improvement.
Another friend who is gluten-free has a hubby who is an endocrinologist ---and we discussed the ONE treatment I have not tried for my pain.
Could it really be as simple as removing gluten from my diet? Or at least – would it help with the inflammation?
I want to try. I want to give it 30 days to see if there is improvement. Arthritis ---Bursitis ---all those things that end in “-ITIS” mean that SOMETHING is causing a reaction within the body to something the body is not happy with.
Of course, off the top of my head I know I need to avoid both in food AND in drink:
- Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
- Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
Right now I’m kind of in shock over the things that contain gluten that I was unaware of:
- Twizzlers licorice
- Malt vinegar
- Blue cheese
- Hot dogs
- Gravy powders
- Root beer
- Cold-cut meats
- Canned baked beans
- Boxed soups
- Soy sauce
- Dry mustard powder
- Salad dressings
- Lower end brands of chocolate
- Communion wafers
- Curry powder
I was surprised by pickles (I guess with malt vinegar) and Blue Cheese. I will miss my blue cheese dressing!
I’m a bit freaked out. I don’t know if I can walk this road. I already blew it with dinner, we had canned baked beans and sausages. With MUSTARD. Which was made with dry mustard powder as one of the ingredients.
Tomorrow I start again.
Are you gluten-free? Do you have any hints for me?