Do you have Gluten-Nightmares?
Dreams about accidentally eating gluten / wheatI can not help wonder if I am alone in experiencing rather vivid dreams, or nightmares as it may be, about consuming wheat products or other gluten-containing foods and then, in these dreams, realizing what I had done and freaking out about it.
I find it rather strange and disturbing that even after being 100% gluten-free for many years now, I have dreams in which I am in a situation where "normal" (gluten-containing foods) are being served, and for whatever reason I am partaking in its consumption along with everyone else in the dream (others that would be unaffected by gluten).
Most often, the food my subconscious falls for is PIZZA! Next is bread — especially a great Italian Bread, Sourdough, or other fantastic artisan bread.
Gluten-Filled Nightmare / Dream AnalysisClearly I must miss these "real" foods during my waking life, even as I feel quite satisfied with the gluten-free-diet equivalent replacements for most everything I ate in the pre-Celiac years. But, regardless of what my conscious brain thinks about my diet, my subconscious haunts me at least a few times per year with these nightmares about eating gluten and realizing that I am going to become violently ill (since, in the dreams, I have consumed large amounts of those tasty, but evil, gluten-filled menu items).
This is where the dream becomes a nightmare: I know the damage that even a little gluten exposure can do to my body, and in my dreams I become aware of the fact that I just ate a LOT of gluten. Then my mind is racing about what to do to minimize the effects of the gluten-exposure (there are not many options). And, I am already thinking about how bad the exposure is going to be and how severe my symptoms will get — I even think of going to the hospital. This is simply disturbing.
I think that my dreams are motivated not just by a desire to consume gluten-containing foods, but probably moreover by a desire to be able to just have the freedom to eat most anything that is being served — be it at a party, a restaurant, etc — and not have to constantly avoid foods that will surely contain gluten or that may contain gluten (due to cross-contamination).
These dreams tend to develop most often around times where there are events (like company Christmas parties) that I know I will not be able to safely consume a single item at. So, my subconscious decides to run with this thought and torment me a bit and/or remind me of my need to remain vigilant with regards to gluten avoidance.
Have You Experienced This?I am curious as to how widespread such thoughts are among the wheat-free / gluten-free / Celiac Disease community. I guess this could apply to people with peanut allergies or any other condition where accidental ingestion of unsafe foods would lead to serious side effects too. Feel free to post your comments if you have anything to share.
Here's hoping that this is uncommon, as it really is disturbing and shakes me up a bit as I emerge from my gluten-nightmares!
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