Hello! I am The Graceless Girl, otherwise known as Nikki Jayne. I’m 27 years old and from a sleepy village in Warwickshire.
My gluten free journey began relatively recently (2014) as a way to combat my self-diagnosed IBS. I improved pretty fast, so went to see my doctor about being tested for coeliac disease. She readily agreed, and I was also tested for lots of other nasties that can cause my symptoms. The only problem was that I had to start eating gluten again; the equivalent of four slices of bread every day for eight weeks. That was more than I would eat before going gluten free! I managed roughly two slices of toast a day for three weeks. Needless to say, my coeliac test (and thankfully all the others) came back negative.
Since I’d shown an improvement on a gluten free diet, my doctor happily diagnosed me with that lovely catch-all diagnosis of IBS with Non-Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS for short).
I know the diagnosis of NCGS is a bit controversial, what with the rise of FODMAPS. I’ve tried cutting out other foods that are a no-no on that diet (cauliflower, onions, garlic), but it made little difference. No wheat, barley and rye does make a difference, and since I directly replace gluten containing foods with their gluten free variants, it’s not like my diet is any healthier! It might not be gluten, but another component of those grains. Whatever it is, I have to avoid them!
You may be wondering, why ‘The Graceless Girl’? I originally thought ‘Graceful Girl’ sounded better, but that would be a lie. I’m clumsy, have a tendency towards awkwardness, and I don’t particularly like being gluten free. But them’s the breaks!
I’m still learning, so there will be a few hiccups along the way (like the day I thought Maltesers were ok to eat…), but I hope through this blog I can help others who are also flailing their way through this bizarre life.
If you’re interested, my ‘regular’ blog is here.