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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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Relapse as Part of Recovery

Posted by nepeht on October 7, 2008

  According to Webster’s On-line Dictionary, the word “Reecovery” means:

  1. the process of combating a disorder (as alcoholism) or a real or perceived problem

  The same source defines relapse as:

  1. the act or an instance of backsliding, worsening, or subsiding
  2. a recurrence of symptoms of a disease after a period of improvement
In the noun form, “Relapse” comes from the 15th century.
Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin relapsus, from Latin relabi to slide back, from re- + labi to slide — more at sleep

  As a person who is medically allergic to gluten, I have tried many times to be absolutely gluten-free.  Anyone who has tried this while living in the U.S. can tell you it is not easy.

  When I fall off the gluten-free wagon and treat myself to a sweet-roll, a piece of pizza or something else, I am relapsing.

  One of the probably consequences of this for me is a dramatic fall in my energy level.

  I will write more later. 



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