I'm not coeliac! Yes!

I'm not coeliac! So I celebrated with a char siu bao.

I am, however, happy to be back on a mostly gluten-free diet. I feel better with less bread and pasta, cakes and cookies. I prefer my relationship with food when those things aren't around so much.

Even without being allergic to gluten, I suspect I'm a bit gluten sensitive. But I can cut out some of the worry. 80/20 rule. One bao every now and then won't hurt. Neither will the occasional meat pie or ramen. Yay!

The results also showed that I'm negative for both Thalassemia and being a carrier. However, my neutrophils are just below acceptable range. Neutrophils are the infantry of your body's defense system, and today I learned sugar can affect neutrophil count. I wonder if increasing my sugar intake in that week of gluten (there's sugar in bread, cakes and cookies) had anything to do with it. But neutrophils can temporarily show up low if you have a cut or an injury too. You know, just to make things less clear.

So, next step will be the skin patch test to learn for sure what foods disagree. This is expensive, so it won't be until I've saved up.