If snails make daughter happy, food is what makes husband happy..He loves food and he loves eating out.. And most of all , he loves sweets. Sadly, he has not been feeling very great after all the eating for some time now.
For the last few weeks, we had been doing some self diagnosis to figure out a bloated tummy that has been troubling husband for the last few months….
We , the faithful followers of technology, turned to our god, the internet, to find some answers.. Going to doctors, seems to have become very old fashioned, especially in my home.. why go to the doc when you’ve got Google Maharaj around?
The problem according to the internet, or google, to be more exact, was that my husband had wheat intolerance probably gluten intolerance! Almost every symptom seemed to match! Now, husband, is quite fond of rice, which was a relief - as we would have been in deep trouble, having to find a non wheat alternatives to rotis.
So we decided to test it out with careful elimination tests. For a whole week, husband had nothing to do with wheat. The breakfast Weetabix was replaced with plain ordinary cornflakes. No rotis, he started taking lunch to work as he would have had to rely on sandwiches or pasta at work otherwise.. And rice at dinner time too! And he started to feel much better!
So we patted ourselves on the back and decided to continue with this diet and planning for that doctor’s appointment to confirm our diagnosis – but for some reason or the other, this appointment just got pushed away and away and away.. He would have wheat only on the weekends at his favourite Indian restaurant – and predictably all the symptoms came right back!
Then we went on our Lake District holiday , where husband decided to try having gluten free food there as well.. Sadly, that did not work out.. There weren’t many options and with the fact that he is a very occasional non-vegetarian.. his options were seriously limited. So smart man that he is, despite all my protestations, decided to survive on namkeens(wheat free of course), bananas and ice creams! Apparently this diet is better than eating wheat based sandwiches! Men and their logic! By the time we got back, his stomach was in bad shape.. And he finally, took himself to the doctor!
The doctor said that he did not feel that he had wheat intolerance at all! – but he still recommended a test to confirm.
The test finally came back negative too.. And we were just so puzzled.. What was causing all his symptoms?? Well, last weekend, I, turned detective and figured it all out.. He had ‘over eating intolerance’! He had these symptoms every time he overate! He was probably eating just right, when he was on the rice diet.. and for some reason with rotis – he was over eating without even realising it ! We still have to test out my theory – but I am quite sure that I have indeed, hit upon the real culprit!
PS: Plan to continue my experiments with my guinea pig this evening – making gajar ka halwa, his favourite, to see if my theory holds true