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. http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=13417930. 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.