Germany is the land of delicious, artisan* bread products and cakes. It's amazing just how much bread people eat here; it's not uncommon for it to either star in or accompany most of a day's meals. I stayed in hospital for fewer than 24 hours once here and in that time, I was offered 7 (!!!) pieces of bread as my meals. To be fair, I think that they had no idea what to give me because I identified as a vegetarian.
Anyway, I do find the bread here very tasty, but I started to realize that I didn't feel so well after eating it. I thought that maybe it was just a coincidence but once found myself feeling quite ill after eating pasta for breakfast. At that point, I figured that there weren't any other intervening variables on what could be making me feel sick so I asked my doctor for an allergy test for wheat. I think he rolled his eyes a bit because Americans are obsessed with wheat allergies/sensitivities and many people don't actually have them but munch on gluten-free bread nonetheless. Since I'm allergic to a ridiculous amount of other things, I figured that it was worth a try.
Indeed, I did register as slightly allergic to wheat. I had the same allergy score for wheat as I have for dogs. With dogs, I can be around them and pet them, but if I really snuggle them, I end up with itchy eyes and skin, even if I've taken an allergy pill that day.
Since I don't have an extreme allergy to wheat, I can eat a bit of it and I'm basically okay. However, I was a dummy today and ate some delicious pizza. Within a few hours, I had a pounding headache and lots of sinus congestion. I've also been hanging out with some doggie friends and my eyes are itchy. It's a carnival of allergic reactions!
I know better.
*egads, is that word obnoxious when used in American advertising, but it's apt in Germany because it actually is artisan.