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Gluten-Free Cheerios! Hooray!

The General Mills Cheerios product is a must in our home!  This cereal is super healthy.  It is a whole grain, has three grams of fiber, and only one gram of sugar!  My husband enjoys this super healthy cereal for either breakfast or for a late-night snack.  And every chance we see this cereal is on sale, we load our cart with it!

However, this product is not safe for me.  By only opening the cereal box, my breathing is altered by wheezing.  So, of course, I don’t like to be around my husband when he consumes it!  He has joked with me before, saying that he eat foods with wheat, like Cheerios, to keep me away from him!  Ha!  Ha!  Very funny. . . or not.

Last night, my father-in-law wanted me to feed Cheerios to my baby boy.  I sadly had to say, “no.”   I’ve followed the strict feeding rules with my baby, in hopes to prevent him from having any food allergies, which means zero wheat until he is one-year old.  My father-in-law said, “But Cheerios only has oats.”  I said to tell him, “Nope, it has wheat starch in it.”  He was very surprised.

But today, while watching the news, I was very pleased to learn that General Mills is changing their Cheerios to Gluten-free by this summer!  Wow!  Celebrate, you gluten-free eaters!  By this summer, my son will able to consume anything with wheat in it, but when he snacks on Cheerios in the future, his mother will be able to breath with a smile.

PURE Gluten-free

Full gluten-free or partial gluten-free, is the question!

Well, as you may have read in my gluten-free/food allergy story.  I am not gluten-intolerant.  I’m allergy to wheat and rye.  (And YES, intolerant and allergy are two different things!  But I must stay away from the same foods!).

What does gluten-intolerant people avoid?

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Oats, unless stated gluten-free
  • And any food that is derived from those grains.

What Grains must I avoid?

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Oats, unless stated gluten-free (because other oats are processed with wheat)
  • And any food that is derived form those two grains

The only difference is barley.  Before my diagnosis, I ate pure gluten-free.  But now, we know my answer.  I want to believe that I WOULD eat barley if I knew that it is safe.  However, my allergy skin test skipped testing me for barley.  I wish I was tested for that, but I wasn’t.  So, that is one reason I avoid barley.  Mostly, because the the protein in barley is very close related to the proteins in wheat and rye, which I’m allergic to.

A part of me really wants to test myself by eating some barley and see how I do.  Whenever my husband eats anything with wheat, my breathing is affected.  But whenever he enjoys a Coors Light beer (contains barley), my breathing is not affected at all.  So, most likely, I could consume barley.  But mentally, I’m just not ready to test myself.  Besides, barley is not very common in our diets, so it is not that big of a deal to avoid that grain.  Plus, it just easier to go 100% gluten-free for shopping reasons.  Zero companies would state “almost-gluten-free/gluten-free except barely” on their products.

NOTE:  For the majority of the public, it is so much easier for me to just say that I am gluten-free, instead of going into my million details!  Plus, gluten-free is so popular these days.  When I say I am gluten-free, others understand that slang! 🙂  Which reminds me of a joke I saw online!  This joke is totally me!  My allergy started several years before gluten intolerant/celiac disease got popular!

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GLUTEN ALLERGY. Seriously. It doesn't even exist. There is gluten intolerance (aka you CAN still eat it, just not high quantities) and celiac disease. NO. ALLERGY. Ask a Doctor.

Food Allergy Reactions

So, if you read my Page, “My Food Allergies,” you’ll discover the list of symptoms I dealt with before I changed my diet.  My symptoms would NOT lead to someone believing they are allergic to a food.  My feet were tingly.  I was tired all of the time.  My mind was foggy.  I could not lose weight.  I had horrible gas.  Knife stabbing feelings entered in my chest.  A few other issues I dealt with was dizziness, a sun-like-burn under my skin through my entire body, stinky urine, and parts of my body would swell after certain foods.

Many of those symptoms would make many people and many doctors not necessary believe that someone is actually suffering with food allergies.  Those symptoms are not normal allergy reactions.

However, after I changed my diet by avoiding certain foods for quite a bit of time, my allergy reactions dramatically changed to much stronger reactions.  My allergy reactions changed to the the well-known symptoms.  Some reactions are even life-threatening. Here are my symptoms (which are well-known allergy reactions):

Wheat & Rye:  After only breathing around wheat or rye, I get an instant headache and I have a difficult problem to breath.  I’ve had a few life threatened reactions after only kissing my husband or walking through a bread aisle in a grocery store. (Wheezing and throat narrowing)
Eggs:  I’ve eaten chicken eggs twice since I was diagnosed allergic to them.  I enjoyed to meals of omelets.  Yummy!  However, I suffered with the worse stomach cramps for several hours.  (Stomach Cramps for several hours)
Codfish:  I have no idea.  I’ve ever been exposed to them and I don’t care to risk it.
Sulfites:  Now this one is tricky.  There are exactly 10 different forms of sulfites.  So I get different types of reactions, but the reactions are always the same for each food.  Some make it harder for me to breath, or wheeze (wine, beer, etc); others cause Stomach cramps (garlic, onion powder, ham, non-diary creamers) are just a few examples.

Before my body would give me unknown reactions, my body was so weak that it couldn’t give a true allergy reaction (or well-known reactions).  My immune system was very sick.  After staying away from those foods for awhile, my immune system was able to build itself up to being s.t.r.o.n.g. again!  So, I assume that is why my allergy reactions are much dramatic after staying away from those foods. Plus, not only do I get those normal, well-known allergy reactions now, I still have other symptoms if I’m expose to unsafe foods, such of feeling fatigue, a knife stabbing feeling in my chest, or parts of my body swells.  I have no explanation of those reactions.  All I CAN tell you is that I am much, much better off by avoiding those foods I’m allergic to!

I would love to hear about YOUR food allergy/problem REACTION!!!