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Way #22: Recognizing Gluten Relapses as They Happen Might Help as One Attains Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on December 26, 2008

22. Recognizing Gluten Relapses as They Happen Might Help as One Attains Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  Face it, Relapse happens.  I would even go as far as to say that Relapse is often a part of Recovery.  Just because a person relapses, does not mean that she/he is giving up on recovery.

  It is difficult to be completely free of Gluten in the U.S. today.  Even if one wants to and tries their best, there seem to be all those hidden sources of Gluten that can sneak up from behind us and put us down for a while.

  The point is, the sooner one recognizes Gluten intake as a “relapse”; the sooner that person can try and get back on the wagon of Gluten-Freedom.

  One topic that we could talk about all day would be the idea of how Gluten exposure can cause a relapse of symptoms and pathologies of other diseases such as Celiac Disease.  Granted, this can be awful and even dangerous.

  But the topic for this post is the idea of relapsing with the Gluten itself.  Yes, as if it were a drug or a substance that one might be addicted to.  This is in no way a comment on ones character.  More so, this is a simple acknowledgement of how powerful Gluten can be in our lives in the U.S.  Particularly if we NEED to NOT have Gluten in our bodies.

  Think about it.


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Way #27. Survivor versus Victim and Gluten-Relapse: Ending Blame can help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity

Posted by nepeht on December 8, 2008

27. Survivor versus Victim and Gluten-Relapse: Ending Blame can help One Attain Gluten-Free Simplicity.

  The Blame Game is, “accusations exchanged among people who refuse to accept sole responsibility for some undesirable event”, according to the Free Dictionary by Farlex.  Playing the Blame Game is generally discouraged as it tends to cause more problems than it solves. 

  According to, “This game is driven by our need to explain and effects such as the Self-Serving Bias. Attribution Theory generally explains much of how and why we like to blame.”

  OK, so what does this have to do with Gluten-Sensitivity or Celiac Disease?  Good question. 

  For the most part, bringing the Blame Game to the fore is intended to encourage personal responsibility around issues related to Gluten Relapse.  So NO!!! this is not about either Blaming someone or accepting 100% responsibility for the fact that one has either a Gluten-Sensitivity or Celiac Disease.  The evidence about genetic properties of same as well as documentation of their hereditary natures has convinced me that no person gets either problem due to anything they have done other than being born.  And I don’t think that this is their fault.  So no blame there…. right?

  This is about me (and/or any of us) finding excuses for the reasons why we relapse with Gluten.

  Probably, the most acceptable blame for a relapse — other than blaming ones self — would be when one relapses by consuming something that contains a hidden and undisclosed form of gluten.  Enough said.  If one does not know and is not informed about gluten content, then one consumes at their.  So it is shared responsibility right. 

  The  producer or provider could possibly have given notice of Gluten content AND the consumer could possibly have refused to consume the product without some sort of prior knowledge about Gluten content.

  But what about those days when I have relapsed and I already had a good idea that the object of my relapse contained gluten?  Who is responsible then?  Well I guess I am.  And then there are other days where I am just angry and feeling more like a victim than a survivor.  On these days, the blame game can get dangerous.  My hostility can lead to a blindness about my responsibility and then onto a relapse or binge where  just like with other forms of violence, someone gets hurt.  And that is typically me.

  Sure, people with Celiac Disease and Gluten-Sensitivity are “victims” in the strictest sense of the word in that they did not ask for these medical problems nor did they do anything to deserve them.  But then the question is, “where does one go from there?”

  One can be a career “victim” and passively more on with very little productive energy.  The victim can take but so much pain, then she or he might become hostile or agressive and very difficult to be around. 

  Or one can be a “survivor” with an active sense of productive energy.  One can more along assertively and recognize those positive rewards as they materialize.  And these people are probably more easy to get along with.

  There are lots of resources on the internet about Victimhood-versus-Surviorship.  There are blogs and many others.  One source speaks of the idea of resiliance and the ability to adapt to and overcome challenges.  One blogger recently discussed the links between Celiac Disease, Gluten and Depression.  And which sort  would “Depression” be most related to… the “Victim” or the “Survivor”?  Or would it be related to both, but either would deal with it differently???  Yes.. perhaps.

  In looking over various internet postings concerning victims, survivors and relapse, I was unable to find one that was specifically addressing the issue of Gluten-Relapse.  The principles of the post however, are the same. 

  The principle proposition that I am making is that if one feels more like a victim than they are more likely to relapse with Gluten (or anything) than if they are primarily in the survivor mode.

  What do you think?

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Gluten Addiction and Holiday Relapse

Posted by nepeht on December 3, 2008

  Gluten Addiction and Holiday Relapse…  Just that one phrase alone says a lot.  Here, once again, GLUTEN ADDICTION AND HOLIDAY RELAPSE….  As if like echoing down a long dark and ominous hallway leading to who knows where. 

Like a Sitting duck (c.2008, WTB)

Like a Sitting duck (c.2008, WTB)

 Holidays can be hard enough for many many many other reasons.  And if one is sensitive enough to catch that kind of sideways stuff as it creeps and flies around the old family home, one can get distracted.  And this might leave one sitting like a duck.  Or like a sitting duck, as the expression goes.

  And then, as the story goes, out of nowhere and into my old living room where it can be most invisible, I begin to ignore that rather large boysenberry-colored elephant.  Thus like an old warrior, I launch my boats once again, onto that mighty river called denial.  Before I know it, I am allowing myself a few biscuits and mom’s pancakes at breakfast, a beer and sandwich in the afternoon, and Dad’s dressing, gravy, and pumpkin pie etc…. during dinner. 

  Eventually, the cravings that can haunt me day and night begin to fade into the various signs, symptoms, pains and negative emotions that come with Gluten-Poisoning.  And one says,

“Although there are people who will “Coach” a me when going through such cravings and will help me stay Gluten-Sober, I do not call on them.  I do not ask for help?  No… not always.”  That is something I had to learn to do.  it’s like, “oh no, I can feed my big multi-colored elephant myself.  And I’m so good at it that I can also ignore it at the same time.  After all, It won’t fit onto my little denial river canoe.”  

  Oh shazzzzzit!!!  Why can’t I just crave apples, mangos, bananas or something healthy like that?

Apples anyone? (c.2008, WTB)

Apples anyone? (c.2008, WTB)

  I crave pizza a lot.  I crave bread like on sandwiches.  I crave lots of things that I really should not be craving.  Some people say that being on a strict Gluten-Free diet actually helps one cut down on or eliminate food cravings such as for fattening foods etc.

  But after EVERY binge, comes the cliff as well as what lies beneath.

  It is like there really is something to the idea that gluten addiction is similar to an opiate addiction.  Seems far-fetched.  But maybe possible when you think of it. 

  Some authors write about a painful withdrawal process associated with gluten.  “Withdrawal after stopping wheat or milk products can be painful, exhausting, and depressing, with weakness, anger, and brain fog.”  There is certainly a lot of blog traffic concerning “Anger” and “Gluten Detox”.  And anyone can figure that if one is NOT exposed to something, then there is no detox and probably no detox-sized anger either.

  So then, how to quell the anger???  One blogger wrote about how he craves pastries and such.  I can identify with this…. regrettably.  I can be a champion of self-medication.  And so it again triumphs, the cycle of addiction just keeps on rolling through my life, kicking but and taking names.

  A sad picture…  Yes, and unfortunately, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to guess that we each have our own related sagas.

  Hopefully, in a not-so-smooth nutshell, this can be a primer on Gluten Addiction and Holiday Relapse.  We gotta break it.  How?  A few suggestions to Self:

  • Increasing Knowledge about Gluten-Alternatives,
  • Develop More Self-Awareness,
  • Reach out for Social Support (support group),
  • Change Negative Behaviors, 
  • Reduce Exposure to Gluten-Containing Situations, and
  • Ask for help when appropriate. 

There are many good ideas.  Support is probably one of the most important resources one can make use of.  I have not listed them all.  What would you suggest?

  But it is ultimately up to one.  I mean One.  Isn’t it?

  Anyway, enjoy the Holidays and try to be safe as you treat your self and your body nicely… You deserve it.

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Stress and Gluten Free When Out of Town???

Posted by nepeht on November 25, 2008

  If you are like me, two things are all to frequently true:

  1. Going out of town on serious business can be stressful; and
  2. Stressful times in a foreign atmosphere often lead to a Gluten Relapse — however small or catastrophic.

  In a way, I could admit that I am talking about how being in a stressful and strange atmosphere facilitates me giving myself permission to drift (and in some cases dive) away from my good-boy Gluten-Free maintenance.  Stress has been found to increase the likelihood for drug and alcohol relapse.  And there has been some reasonable discussion about Gluten and Addiction.It seems the same principles could be at work with Gluten: One is stressed, so they are more likely to do something convenient that they know could hurt them.

  Still this does not make it right. 

  And furthermore, beating myself up for my gluten relapse is probably not going to help either.

  The key is to get back onto that wagon and ride on out of here.

  Can I do it?  Yes I can!!!  OK, so on we go now.

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Gluten Cravings

Posted by nepeht on October 23, 2008

  I get Cravings for foods that typically contain Gluten.  I used to always be the guy at the table that asked for at least one more serving of bread or crackers. 

  I have always loved pizza and pasta dishes.

  Yeah, I get cravings.  And sometimes — more often than I wish — they lead to Gluten Relapse.

  Some say that there is “Gluten Withdrawal” with unpleasant symptoms:

  I guess this could lead one to cravings and/or relapse.

  Then there are those who seem to indicate that the relapse itself sets off more cravings:

  I think I have both of those things going on.  I crave then relapse.  And I relapse then crave.




The Cravings Coach:

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Pain and Gluten Relapse

Posted by nepeht on October 23, 2008

 Gluten Relapse can be painful indeed.

  By “pain”, I speak of a pain with three distinct but probably related dimensions — Physical,  Emotional and Social:

Physical Pain: Pain may be sharp or dull. It may come and go, or it may be constant. You may feel pain in one area of your body, such as your back, abdomen or chest or you may feel pain all over, such as when your muscles ache from the flu.

   and Emotional Pain: The feeling that I have failed in my attempt to stay Gluten-Free.  This feeling can be pretty awful when one considers that one is well aware of the damage being done during a relapse.  It is common during such episodes for one to question whether or not and/or just how one loves ones self.

  finally, Social Pain: What do others think of a person who is known to be allergic to gluten, yet she/he purposely ingests it?  What would you think?  Would it effect the way you see a person.  Might this lead to more isolation, more depression and more disease?

  So why am I writing this?

    I guess my prayer is that if you are a person who needs to be gluten-free and you have experienced relapse, then you experienced one or all three of the above sensations, you can know that you are not alone.  Hopefully, this will contribute to a sense of support for you as you go through this.

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