I had my first glutening this week and I hope to never have it happen again. Of course this will be next to impossible unless I shun the outside world and ban gluten from my house.

Sunday night I went to have gelato and reused the ice cream scoop. I rinsed off the scoop but didn’t wash it. I didn’t realize that my boyfriend used the scoop on ice cream that had gluten in it (Breyer’s Thin Mint, in case you were wondering).

Yes, I glutened myself. I feel incredibly stupid. I did go out and by myself a pretty magenta ice cream scoop so there’s that.

I would not wish glutening on any one. It felt like I was coming down with the flu. Monday I was so exhausted I came home from work and couldn’t get off the couch. I didn’t have a fever but my body was emitting a lot of heat, which usually doesn’t happen. My temperature was actually below normal.

This is what I looked like at work on Tuesday. Can you tell how tired I look?

This is what I looked like at work on Tuesday. Can you tell how tired I look?

I went to work on Tuesday, which was a big mistake. I became more exhausted as the day wore on. I ended with a migraine and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. I was moody and depressed. I couldn’t think straight. I wanted to eat everything in sight, and I did. I had no energy. It was early to bed for me.

I stayed home Wednesday. My alarm went off and I just couldn’t get up. I tried. I hit snooze once and then reset my alarm. I still couldn’t get going. My bed was calling and I gave in. I spent most of the day sleeping.

Thursday and Friday I went to work. I still wanted to eat everything and just sleep. Thursday night I went to bed at 8:45. I cannot believe how tired this made me. I guess this is my welcome to having an autoimmune disease.

I wanted to work out and run all week but I couldn’t. I kept saying, “Today I will go for a walk” but never did. Finally on Saturday I went for an hour walk and did a yoga video. I felt pretty good until about 10 pm. Sunday I also went for an hour walk but didn’t get in any yoga. I felt pretty good and not nearly as tired as Saturday night.

I also had some very strange dreams. I usually don’t remember my dreams but I woke up several mornings this week and could vividly remember the strange things my mind comes up with while sleeping.

Hopefully being glutened is a rare occurrence because this sucks. It knocked me out for the entire week.

Categories: Gluten Free


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.