Last night we went out for mother's day at a Pan Asian restaurant and after looking at the menu before arriving I knew I would select the sushi. I do fine with rice and figured it would be the best option and also the tastiest! I even brought my own Tamari because I found that most places don't offer wheat free soy sauce. I chose the Sushi Love option which was a selection of a special roll and a regular roll with 4 pieces of chef’s choice of sushi. For the special roll I chose their Fantasy Roll which was described as Spicy tuna inside with a whole eel filet on top and the salmon roll for the regular roll.
When the delicious looking sushi arrived I immediately dug in not thinking that there would be any gluten involved since I requested no "sauce" on top of the special roll and none of the descriptions included anything that resembled gluten. After about the third piece of the Fantasy roll I noticed a crunchiness. As I examined the roll I immediately realized there was some fried tempura batter sprinkled inside the roll, just a small enough amount that unless you really examined it you would have no idea. So I asked the waiter about it and low and behold he told me they added it to the roll for texture. WTF...I know we Americans have to Americanize everything, especially our sushi, but do we have to add fried gluten to EVERYTHING to make it taste good!!!! After I explained to the waiter that they really should add that to the description on the menu, I realized the suffering I would go through over the next 2-14 days, depending on how my body reacts. I don't have celiac, but I am pretty sensitive to gluten. Last night I took some extra magnesium, ALA, and other anti inflammatory supplements and drank some homemade chicken broth this morning.
My question is, since I had immediately (within 5 minutes) realized that I had ingested gluten is there something I could have done? I know this may sound extreme, but considering my typical reaction, could I have tried to quieting gone to the restroom and attempt to regurgitate the devil out of my system!?!? Again...I know this is extreme and I am not trying to justify bulimic behavior, as I don't even know if I could get myself to do this, but I am just curious if the short term uncomfortableness and stress on the esophagus would alleviate the potential 2 weeks of digestive distress. Or are you pretty much screwed once it touches the saliva glands?
Additionally, what is your protocol (supplements, food, training, fasting, etc) do you use for gluten exposure, unintentional or otherwise?
If you're sensitive enough to gluten to get a reaction from a small amount in sushi, then vomiting it back up probably won't help. You'll most likely have plenty left inside to do you harm. I also assume that vomiting is a major stressor that will jack your stress hormones for a while. Not good.
Is fried batter an American addition to sushi? I always thought tempura was authentic Japanese.
You actually thought about purging? Really? Put down the koolaid! Gluten is NOT poison, it is a plant storage protein.
You don't mention if you're truly celiac or just gluten-sensitive because paleo tells you so. I can see getting worked up if you're really celiac. You're likely not celiac, so you're just in that gray area of gluten-sensitivity. If that's the case, you're likely not going to experience any negative reactions outside of some psychosomatic response.
Tempura is rice flour. Rice has no gluten. Tempura is not Americanized, it is traditional.
Quit worrying so much, you'll raise your cortisol levels c:
Side note: the danger of tempura flakes is the omega 6-rich oils in which it is fried.
EDIT: Looks like I'm wrong about tempura: it's poison after all! At least the preparation seems to attempt not to activate the gluten. I wonder: does this change the body's reaction to gliaden in any way?