Last night I decided to drink the chuhai a friend had left in my fridge after our weekly Taco Tuesday dinner this week. Chuhais are these canned, fruity, boozy drinks that are sold here in Japan. They’re delicious, but they have a lot of carbonation in them, so I don’t drink them often. They tend to fill me up really quickly.
I’ve been trying to cut back on how much alcohol I drink though, so instead of making myself the usual Maker’s and Coke, I went with the chuhai instead.
Fast forward to now: I’ve spent the day with some slight nausea, a dull headache, and a little stomach cramping. I’ve been trying to figure out what I might have eaten since yesterday that could be causing me to feel so gross – I’m starting to think it may have been that chuhai. Truthfully, I didn’t stop to consider whether or not it has gluten in it when I drank it. I just grabbed it out of the fridge and took a sip, assuming it was ok.
Unfortunately, the ingredients are all in Japanese, and Googling has yielded me no useful results in determining whether or not chuhais contain gluten. I feel fairly certain that everything else I ate was safe though, it’s the only thing I’m unsure about, so that has to be it, right?
Regardless, this incident has quickly turned into an uncomfortable reminder that I need to make more of a conscious effort if I’m going to be successful at avoiding gluten and dairy. It’s going to be a bit harder than I thought – not that I thought it would be easy. Fortunately, I’m still feeling positive about my chances of doing better going forward. I just need to figure out how to make myself feel better today.