I eat about six small meals throughout the day, and snack on fruits or vegetables nonstop. Every so often I'll have plantain chips ingredients: plantains and salt if I want something crunchy for a change. Overall, my body feels happier, and if it tells me once a week it wants a wheatless muffin, or a Pasta Sunday, I'm happy to oblige! In all, it took me about four months to establish a good food rhythm, and I felt more energetic and motivated. I discovered a series of fantastic restaurants, grocery stores, and products that are gluten-free. While researching the relationship between Bipolar Disorder and Celiac Disease, I came across information about the relationship between Celiac Disease and Trichotillomania, or compulsive hair pulling.
I also discovered gluten free eye-shadow. Who knew that existed? Sometimes women who have Celiac Disease get scaly spots around their eyes when they wear eyeshadow. My dermatologist told me that it was from stress ZuZu eye shadow is gluten-free and vegan. I've been using it for weeks now with no problems! I guess gluten-free and vegan is my cure for stress You are now subscribed Be on the lookout for a welcome email in your inbox! Main Navigation. Saved Articles. Gift Purchases. Contact Support. Log Out.
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Group 7 Created with Sketch. Email Created with Sketch. Group 4 Created with Sketch. Between scowls, my questions began:. Just because my bloodwork came back positive, does that really mean I have Celiac Disease? Or am I just gluten-intolerant? Or do I have a wheat allergy? Is fatigue a symptom of Celiac Disease, or was I feeling fatigued because I wasn't absorbing the right nutrients?
How will I face restaurants or street food? Is gluten-free food really the best solution? Grab my free, 1-day gluten-free meal plan! Not necessarily! This goes for all diets, not just gluten-free! Rely on gluten-free whole grains like millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and teff. Check out this blog post to learn more about the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet, and tips for doing it the healthy way.
Keep in mind that this is about finding a diet that works for you , not anyone else! As always, I encourage you to be your own health detective. Do your research, and work with integrative docs and practitioners who take a holistic approach to your well-being. Your exploration will bring you greater well-being. Your turn: Have you overcome health challenges with gluten or do you have questions I could cover in another blog? Share your experiences, questions and resources in the comments so that we can swap tips and insights!
Notify me of followup comments via e-mail: you can also subscribe without commenting Don't subscribe All Replies to my comments. For about 15 years, I experienced frequent migraines — basically daily. I also had brain fog and even though am generally very upbeat and energetic, I desperately needed to nap in the afternoon. Back in , a new doctor suggested that I might be sensitive to gluten. I had never heard of gluten. I eliminated it and within days felt reborn. All I had to do was go back on gluten and my headaches and afternoon fatigue would resume. Since then I have remained gluten free and have never looked back.
It has truly been the most life changing thing that has ever happened to me. Am so grateful to my primary care physician. I think there are so many people walking around not feeling great simply be of the gluten they are eating. Deleterious effects of gluten are REAL. Not imagined. Not a fad. Thank you for sharing your experiences! Thanks for the insight and tips and advice.
I sometimes feel I would do better if I eliminated gluten. Thing is some days it weighs me down and I feel sluggish and unhappy and my stomach produces acid which really hurts. This happens usually after I eat pizza. I can eat pasta occasionally and that is ok. As long as the sauce is simple like some olive oil and fresh herbs. Some days I think I must be allergic to yeast rather than wheat or gluten itself.
However I do suffer regularly from foggy visions brain fog and yes my stomach often hurts after I eat unless it is salad or some rice. I wish to do a proper food allergy test where they take blood sample. Eliminate foods and detect how I feel after. I read a book that said it takes a good 5 weeks for the body to stop craving wheat after you eliminate it.
I admire MadameMap who says she did and has never felt better. Her words inspire me. I just need to tell myself it is only hard in the beginning! Your story sure hits home…my son had a migraine almost every day for a year. Within 10 days of going gluten free, his migraines were gone. As of this day, I gotten gluten free sourdough bread, and happily given up anything gluten.
I think I shall feel better very soon. So a big thank you to you all. Cheers and blessings mates. Thank you for clarifying the gluten issue. I used to think I could have a little bread with olive oil once in a while. Since I stopped eating gluten completely my digestion has improved and I have less hair loss. I think anyone with an autoimmune condition would benefit from being gluten free. It is my intention to heal my digestive system and my thyroid to once again be able to eat gluten occasionally, but it is a process that may take some time.
Lots of Love Ingrid. Thank you for a very simple, informative post about gluten. I hope some who I know will read it and think about it…even if it changes nothing for them, it may help them realize every BODY is different, and nobody should eat what others choose, but decide for themselves. Love the article but curious if you have read The Grain Brain yet. A must-read. Get the word out, please!!! Thank you. I am at the beginning of writing a gluten free book based upon my families experience on a gluten free diet inc.
Would you be willing to be interviewed over the phone or your specific articles referred to in my book? Thank you for your consideration. Kind regards. I had another article on the subject and decided to try being gluten free. I have been gluten free for over 3 years now and loving it.
No more pain and bloating.
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More energy, as well. Hey Kris! Thanks for giving your perspective on such a popular issue. I agree with you! If they have celiac disease then it makes sense not to eat gluten. But if there are just sensitivities to it then a lot of the time it is just a struggling digestive system that needs a little TLC!
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Blessings, Cyndy. I have had gluten sensitivity for over years now and have avoid gluten for years. I feel great but feel that I need to introduce gluten albiet in small amounts in my diet as it causes constipation.
I have also started having gastric trouble with other foods like corn, eggs etc. I think i need some guidance from a naturopath like yourself. Could you please give me your contact number? Hi Kris! Thanks so much for this!
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Sometimes very subtle symptoms that you may consider a normal thing can go away after stopping gluten. I know I have had this experience. Many people are able to add it back and then lower their overall intake. Thanks again for this awesome info! Hi Kris, thanks so much for your wonderful work! She had a complete emotional turn around after the toast and where things had been going so well for the last couple weeks of GF eating they deteriorated quickly. She loves it but it may be one more thing we have to say goodbye to.
I checked in with Jen Reilly, RD on this one. Jen also mentioned that nutritional yeast is gluten-free, but some experts speculate that there can be a cross-reaction in the body when consuming any kind of yeast, causing the body to react as if it has consumed gluten. So, I would recommend just keeping an eye on any potential reactions. Hope that helps! Thanks so much for checking Kris! We also make a vegan Mac and cheese with nutritional yeast and it would be hard to give up. My daughter will be very happy Just eliminated gluten from my diet 3 weeks ago and feeling much better.
Less bloating, less pain in my belly and less wind wich can be sooooooo anoying and embarressing , and in 1 week I will try some gluten again to see if this is the actual cullprit. This is perfect! I love that you mention how we all need to be our very own detectives and you know what!? High vibes are the best vibes in my bread book! I listened to a woman discuss her journey with celiac and her symptoms.
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She took repeatted celiac tests before being properly diagnosed. She was finally advised to avoid gluten for a month, then weeks prior to celiac test, eat gluten daily. The test from the doctor was then able to pick up and diagnose her correctly. The test itself may be giving false negatives. Thank you Kris for this post!
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Having any type of food allergy, while not so difficult to maintain in our own kitchen, can be really alienating. Great clarity and encouragement, Kris! As a wellness coach that takes women on five day kickstart retreats where we eliminate sugar and gluten I see amazing results in everyone—better sleep, decreased hair loss, weight loss, and more energy. Many of the women remain off gluten after seeing what five days can do for them. The first couple days can bring on detox symptoms and confuse people, but by day three I see them making great leaps in health and energy.
I got over fibromyalgia, depression and chronic fatigue 7 years ago on a gluten free diet. I understand it is not just the gluten, but the genetic modification of wheat and the total amounts of carbohydrates that reduce to sugar that are playing havoc with so many of us. Health is a detective journey! Dear Kris, Thank you for everything.
My question is: I have eczema and I am worse since I got pregnant and had my wonderful baby boy, almost 2 years now. What I would like to ask you is if you know if there are any kind of foods related with eczema and in other hand, if there are foods that can improve my condition. Thank you so much. Celiac disease can be difficult to diagnose because it causes many common symptoms that resemble those of many other intestinal conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome and lactose intolerance. When doctors suspect that your symptoms are related to celiac disease or you are at increased risk for the condition, they most often order a blood test known as anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody, IgA.
The blood test is both very sensitive and specific. However, the definitive test is a biopsy of the small intestine to look for damage to the intestinal villi and for inflammatory cells that signal an autoimmune reaction. The treatment for celiac disease—stop eating gluten—sounds simple, but isn't easy. It means forgoing anything made from wheat, barley, and rye. Even a small amount of the protein can stir up trouble.
A University of Maryland study showed that just 50 milligrams mg of gluten—a slice of wheat bread contains 2, mg—was enough to rev up inflammation and intestinal damage. A gluten-free diet used to mean total abstention from foods like bread, cake, pizza, and even beer see "Do's and don'ts of gluten-free eating". But greater recognition of celiac disease has led to the development of hundreds of gluten-free foods, along with cookbooks that describe how to bake cookies, for example, using nut or rice flours.