I was right and I really should trust my body more when it’s telling me something is wrong.
Yesterday I mentioned that my new protein powder was triggering my coeliac.
Well how did I know? Because on Sunday when I had my first shake almost immediately my throat and lips started to itch and swell.
This is a sure fire indicator that I have just eaten something with gluten in it. So of course I checked the label – whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, hydrolized whey protein, egg white, glutamine peptide, natural and artificial flavoring and sucralose - doesn’t appear to be anything sinister – possibly the artifical flavouring (and after my nice organic isolate it certainly does taste artificial!), but otherwise it should be ok.
I happened to mention it to my trainer on my Monday session and he sometimes takes a little getting used to a new protein blend so I just figured it must be normal and maybe it was because I’ve changed from a pure isolate to a blend. So I had my monday shake and the same thing happened..hmm…
Tuesday…same thing – ok now I know this is not right. It generally takes 2-3 days after one of my indicator signals before an episode kicks in, so I can only hope that I stopped taking the protein in time and there really wasn’t that much gluten in it….
For those that aren’t familiar with coeliac disease heres a very quick overview (from wikipedia of course!):
Coeliac disease ( /ˈsiːli.æk/; spelled celiac disease in North America) is an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine. Symptoms include chronic diarrhoea, failure to thrive (in children), and fatigue. Upon exposure to gluten, the immune system cross-reacts with the small-bowel tissue, causing an inflammatory reaction that leads to a truncating of the villi lining the small intestine (called villous atrophy). This interferes with the absorption of nutrients, because the intestinal villi are responsible for absorption. The only known effective treatment is a lifelong gluten-free diet. While the disease is caused by a reaction to wheat proteins, it is NOT the same as a wheat allergy.
Severe coeliac disease leads to the characteristic symptoms of Abdominal pain and cramping, bloatedness with abdominal distension and mouth ulcers may be present. As the bowel becomes more damaged, a degree of lactose intolerance may develop.
The changes in the bowel make it less able to absorb nutrients, minerals and the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
- The inability to absorb carbohydrates and fats may cause weight loss and fatigue or lack of energy.
- Anaemia may develop due to iron malabsorption
- Calcium and vitamin D malabsorption may cause osteopenia (decreased mineral content of the bone) or osteoporosis (bone weakening and risk of fragility fractures).
Ok biology lesson over, and No such luck for me…this is not good, looks like I’m in for a full blown episode
Last night I woke up in complete pain and my stomach is puffed up like a soccer ball – this is not just a stomach ache, the pain comes in waves and at times leaves me curled up in a ball, shaking. I even nearly broke down in tears at training today – which shocked the hell out of my trainer, as he knows what I’ve been through this year with never a hint of a tear…
I’m already exhausted, but there’s at least another day of pain as my digestive system to all intents and purposes is being shut down. By tomorrow I won’t be able to think or focus, by saturday EVERYTHING will become hard work – getting out of bed will leave me shaking and weak and feeling like I’ve just run a marathon, every limb will feel like it weighs 10 times its normal weight, walking to the kitchen will leave me gasping for breath like I’ve never done a days exercise in my life – even my eyelids will feel like they’re made of lead.
On sunday well forget it, I’ll be asleep for probably 20 hours out of 24.
After that I’ll go into zombie mode – zero energy, everything will feel like I’m wading through wet concrete, I’ll just want to sleep, work is going to be tough.
Its going to take at least a week before my system starts to heal sufficiently so I can start getting some nutrition from food again and begin getting some energy back. I don’t know if or how well I’ll be able to train for the next week which concerns me.
The really ironic thing about this is that I’m supposed to be losing weight – which I will, very quickly and the diet plan Melita has me on is actually a perfect gluten free diet! I should be feeling amazing!
oh yes, one more thing, I’m going to name names – if any coeliac out there who is a serious fitness junkie and wants to avoid what I’m about to go through – CNP Professional ProPeptide protein supplement is what you need to avoid.
Oh yes – I found out what the rogue ingredient is…
it was the Glutamine Peptide!
so now I’m going back to my nice 100% pure whey protein isolate – TonicSuperfoods is my choice.