An Unexpected Benefit of Going Gluten-Free

I’ve always had terrible motion sickness. Planes, trains, automobiles, and anything else that moves would do me in. Ferris wheels, swing sets, even rocking chairs were suspect. 3-D movies and simulated rides would make me nauseous. There have been times I’ve felt ill when I was the one driving. (Curiously, though, I rarely got sick on boats. Weird.) I’ve been told that I was always motion sick as a baby, and I definitely remember it all through my childhood and adult years. I was not one of the lucky ones that “grew out of it”. If anything, it seemed to be getting worse.

Ginger was the only thing that ever helped, and it only took the edge off, sometimes. Dramamine made me groggy and dehydrated while I was hideously nauseous. Bonine and Meklizine didn’t do anything for me. I have the bands that work on pressure points, they don’t do much except give me something to fiddle with while I try not to heave. I even tried the electronic band that sends a pulse into the wrist pressure point. Nada.

I had so much practice barfing on an airplane that I could accomplish the task without any of my seatmates realizing what had happened.

Anyone who has known me for any amount of time, and who has ever taken a car trip with me, knows I have to drive or ride shotgun, and even then, at some point, they’ll hear, “Stop the car, now, please. I mean NOW!”

I have a horrible time with motion sickness.

Or rather, I used to.

Since going gluten free, I haven’t been motion sick once. Not once. When David and I took our road trip last summer, I didn’t have to pull over once, except to take a picture. I didn’t need to take a breather, “take a walk”, or let my stomach settle. I didn’t even get nauseous. In fact, I read out of the guidebook while he drove.

I read the guidebook out loud while he drove.

I READ IN A MOVING CAR!!!

Honestly, I never thought that would happen. Now I need to find a Ferris wheel.

Was it gluten causing all this? I bet I would never find a doctor that would confirm it. But I can tell you this: For 37 years I was always sick in cars. Always. Then I gave up gluten. And I haven’t been motion sick once, not one single time, since.

That’s one hell of a coincidence.

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I’ve been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you’re gluten-free, it’s even better!

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6 Responses to An Unexpected Benefit of Going Gluten-Free

  1. Tenille says:

    Wow… just… WOW! Awesome.

  2. Tenille says:

    Wow… just… WOW! Awesome.

  3. Li loves David says:

    I know, what a “side-effect”! Is there any food I can give up so I’m no longer afraid of snakes or can remember phone numbers??? 🙂

  4. Li loves David says:

    I know, what a “side-effect”! Is there any food I can give up so I’m no longer afraid of snakes or can remember phone numbers??? 🙂

  5. Tenille says:

    LOL!

  6. Tenille says:

    LOL!

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