So you cheated on your celiac diet and got away with it? ( Or so you may think.) The IRS may not come after you but the BGB (bad gut bacteria) are almost certain to. The wrong foods feed unfriendly bacteria and cause them to overgrow and interfere with digestion. You say, you felt no immediate pain? The consequences may be delayed for weeks, but you are not likely to draw a "Get Out of Jail Free," card. If you have been on a healing diet like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for many months. All those poor microvilli which have been knocked flat were just beginning to pull themselves up again, and you have just given them a kick in the groin with that one grain croissant or bagel. This past weekend, seven locals on Specific Carbohydrate Diet met at our Whole Foods store. Four of us have been on our diet for up to a decade were asked why so long since so many people's main interest seems to be getting back to the Standard American Diet which is not called SAD without good reason. Our main explanations for keeping the faith were: even if we are not cured the diet enables us good management. The celiacs among us know we have to avoid grain and equally important, we really enjoy the purity and taste of "legal" foods. There are so many suitable foods available for gluten free diets especially the super stuff that originates in our own kitchens. It is just plain foolish to take chances and easy to be ambushed by undisclosed ingredients in many commercial foods. The best eating means no cheating!

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