It’s always stressful to try a new restaurant or a different dish somewhere. You never know if it’s safe or if you’ll end up glutened.

I’ve been missing pizza. Real pizza, not the frozen stuff I get at the store. I want to eat thick crust, greasy pizza. All the gluten free pizza I eat is thin crust. And never gooey and greasy.

But pizza is always a risky thing for someone with celiac disease. Some places are super careful. Others, not so much. So I tried pizza at a restaurant where I normally get pasta.

Well, there must have been the tiniest bit of cross contamination.

I woke up the next morning extremely bloated. My digestive system was upset, and I was incredibly fatigued. Although it wasn’t nearly as bad as some past glutened experiences. I skipped my workout, teleworked, and then relaxed in the evening.

Not the offending pizza, one that did not gluten me

Saturday I woke up feeling hungover. But the bloating had gone down. I was even more fatigued. I took the day off. I sat on the couch and did a little work on my photography business in the morning. The afternoon I binged the new Unsolved Mysteries and attempted to nap. The evening? I was so tired I barely remember what we watched and fell asleep on the couch at like 8:30.

Sunday I was feeling much better but didn’t want to push too hard. I relaxed most of the day and lifted weights.

The worst side effect of being glutened is I get extremely hungry and want to eat everything. I didn’t track my food this weekend and definitely ate more than I should. I allow myself to eat because I hate the feeling of being ravenous. I also chug water like no one’s business.

If you have celiac disease, what do you do when you’re glutened?

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Jenna Volden has a degree in business and has spent the last 10 plus years working for others. She believes it is time to start her own photography and writing business. She enjoys running, coffee and helping others achieve their goals. Gluten-free foods are a lifestyle, not a choice, for her due to celiac disease. She is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona.