The FODMAP-Adventure: Christmas Food Finito

Experiment Christmas food

Christmas was right around the corner. In the stores it seems like Christmas is about to begin right after Halloween, but now it was seriously getting close. As mentioned in a previous post, I had an agreement with my doctor and nutritionist. I had received a list of glutenous food, and was supposed to begin testing those when I was ready. Ready, I had decided, would be at the time when Christmas food was the norm. Meaning, very soon now. If I had any reactions on any of these particular foods, I was to contact my nutritionist. I was then promised to have the previously mentioned gastroscopical examination (shudder…) within 6 weeks.

Oats are not exactly a Christmas food

Oats are some dangerous things indeed.

It did in fact go worse than expected. The past half year I had sworn to gluten free oats for breakfast. Now oats are not an actual source of gluten, but still usually contains it due to cross-pollination. Therefore the separation between normal and gluten free oats. Even if you would either have celiac disease or a severe allergy to react to oats due to the gluten. So one would believe that test would be fine. Or at least that was my perception that morning I sat there with my first bowl of normal oats in forever. The flavor was precisely the same. Although, it was nice to be without those hard shells that for some reason is not separated out as well in the gluten free oats. Unfortunately, the joy was brief. I didn’t even have time to finish my bowl before it was full on belly ache and straight to bed in fetus pose. So then one thing was evident, the coming weeks would be pleasurable.

Christmas soda is excellent to go with Christmas food

You get a little dab of that Christmas mood by merely looking at these labels.

Because Christmas food is the best, it is suitable for the test

But as mentioned, Christmas was right around the corner. And like many others, I really love the Christmas foods. Christmas cakes, gingerbread, and the Norwegian traditional meals of ribbe, fårikål, pinnekjøtt, moose steak and oven baked trout. Ribbe is a piece of genius. Bacon is good, spare ribs are quite great, in ribbe you keep all those pieces together in one huge chunk, stick it in the oven and just relish in the result. Still, this year it was somewhat different. The food was as delicious as ever, but oh my, the hurt never ended between the meals. So I ate swell to feel pain. It was a bit of a mental exercise in self-inflicting pain. Thus I could never know what exactly caused the pain when, and was unable to test out new foods. It was like going back to square-one. The same constant pains, and not knowing which of the things I ate caused them.

 

Still, who would say no to something like this?

Pinnekjøtt is a typical Norwegian Christmas food

Pinnekjøtt med Christmas sausage, potatoes and swedish turnip mush. A very traditional Norwegian Christmas meal.

So it was only to dive in with the Christmas food, and endure the symptoms. If the cause was celiac disease or not the gastroskopcal examination would finally answer.

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