THEN 2 weeks ago when I had that horrible reaction to the medicine I didn't have breakfast or eat really for about a week. During the end of that week when I bounced back I wasn't having the breakfast shake but I was eating really well the rest of the day. So I was happy with that. I had a stomach that felt better then it had in a long time. It was like I got used to always having a inflamed irritated stomach that it was odd to have it feel good.
On Tuesday I drank about half the shake & my day was off instantly. GI issues flared, appetite was gone & I felt off.
Wednesday AM I drank the whole shake & within 30 minutes was so sick. Horrible stomach ache, horrible cramps, I was feeling miserable. I thought what is going on?!
That's when the power of Google taught me that Rice Dreams rice milk ferments their milk through BARLEY!!! Barley is a huge no no for gluten intolerant people. Although their milk is labeled gluten free, it's not truly gluten free as each dose has a certain amount of gluten. There isn't a quality control so one jug might have a trace amount while the next may have more. However their "average" doses are low enough to get the "Gluten free" stamp of approval.
This may not be an issue to some, but Celiacs for sure would react to it. Even me being just gluten intolerant couldn't handle it. With gluten sometimes it takes time to build up in your system & wreak havoc. It's not always instant. It builds up and causes inflammation all over the body. Anyone with a chronic illness already has plenty of inflammation so that is not an added bonus.
It also takes gluten a while to get out of the system, so I didn't notice until I went a long time without the shake just how much it effected me. Then, since I had an already irritated stomach, putting the gluten on it Wed was the final straw. My stomach said "enough is enough."
I'm now recovering from that. It's been a long 2 weeks. Things are in stale mate as I try to get back on my feet, back to eating more than 700 calories a day & ready to take on this last round of treatment for Bartonella.
So this is a word of warning to those who are maybe noticing they feel off to check their milk substitutes closely! Also rice dreams is a big no no for me as I've learned, so take time to research what they use for your products. It's easy to sneak in gluten but not always easy to find the culprit!
Hope this was helpful to someone :)