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I had a few meltdowns in the grocery store at first, walking out empty handed. Of course I lived on junk food before going gluten-free and the idea of eating plain whole foods seemed foreign to me. I'm not much of a cook!
Definitely, eating out is the hardest part. Being spontaneous is going to have to be a thing of the past. While I always carry non-perishable gluten-free food in my purse for those "just in case" times, it's hard to carry a whole meal. (Lara bars are good but not THAT filling.)
That means planning ahead. If you either eat before you go, after you go, or even bring food to eat while there, you pretty much need to know you ARE going ahead of time. So I keep the freezer full of individual meals that can be thawed or cooked in the microwave at a moment's notice. That can mean a one bowl meat/rice/veggie dish, some Against the Grain frozen pizza, or even a sandwich on gluten-free bread.
Depending on where you live there might actually be a safe restaurant or two in your area. Of course unless they are a totally gluten-free facility there is always a chance of getting glutened no matter how safe their practices are. I think I just read here the other day about someone finding a crouton in the bottom of their salad bowl. Mostly it doesn't happen but there aren't too many of us who haven't been glutened at a "safe" restaurant at least once.
Also, I have seen that some folks have trouble talking their friends into eating at only those places that have gluten-free menus and safe practices. That's why not only do you need to educate your family, but your friends too. If they care about you they will listen, learn about, and heed your need for safe gluten-free foods.
Another thing to think about - if you're out shopping with your friends and it takes longer than anticipated, instead of relying on a Lara bar or two, there is usually a grocery store nearby. You can run in and pick up something there. Fresh fruit, certain cold cuts, a pre-made salad (as long as there are no croutons), even a bag of Lay's potato chips.
Once you've become experienced at reading labels you can be assured of eating safely. Kraft products and Con-Agra (and a few others) will ALWAYS list any gluten ingredients on their labels. Those are big parent companies that have many many brands under their names.
It will take you a while but before you know it, all this will become second nature to you. I promise.
I made an entire recipe book with all kinds of gluten free fool proof recipes.
I usualy use coconut flour from Bob's Red Mill. I find it works the best.
Also, you can use regular all purpose flour.
2 cups of flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 8 Tb butter (chilled), 1 large egg (lightly beaten), 8-10 Tb ICED water.
RLS is significantly more prevalent among the celiac population than the general population, so I think there's definitely a correlation. Unfortunately, it doesn't aways go away once you go gluten free. There's also a link between RLS and inflammation, and, for me at least, most of my post-glutening symptoms can be linked back to generalized inflammation.
For me, RLS is one of the first indications for me that I've been glutened (right after arthritis/muscle aches and dry mouth), though it's more of a "restless body syndrome" since it doesn't confine itself to my legs. I'm fortunate that it goes away as long as I'm gluten-free, I know many people aren't so lucky. This last time (currently recovering from being glutened at Thanksgiving *sigh*) I ended up getting up and playing video games till 4 in the morning. In retrospect, I probably could have used that time to do dishes or something more productive...
Only thing that ever works for me is to get up and move around and stretch as much as possible, I've been known to do some 2 am yoga, I know my dad used to go for walks around the neighborhood. Don't resist it, don't lay in bed and try to stay still, I really think that's the worst thing you can do. Get up and use your muscles and tire them out and hopefully that will help. If you have flexibility in where you have to be and when the next day, you can always try to do productive things and then sleep in once things have calmed down. Otherwise, caffeinate the next day and hope the next night will be better.
There is a grieving period, especially around the social impact and this is completely normal. To get your family to understand, the best thing you can do is point them at some reputable online sources for information. As you implement your gluten-free diet you will make mistakes and get sick. Just pick up and keep going. You will likely notice your reactions getting much worse with accidental exposure the longer you are gluten-free. I would recommend getting some follow up testing like a vitamin panel and a bone density scan. It's also common to have thyroid issues, so you may want that checked as well. It takes time to get used to, but it's doable. I would recommend investing in a foodsaver. It's been a God send for bringing meals on the go.
You sure have a mystery symptom there. Some other things that might change with the seasons, perhaps switching from drinking tea to coffee, or maybe eating less soup in warm months?
Since your symptoms vary with the seasons it sure seems like they could be related to allergies. I think if you read up on birch allergy you'll find that some people with birch allergy also react to celery. http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/knowledgebase/celery-allergy-the-facts/ Often enough it's not just one plant species that causes allergic reactions but a family of related plants. http://www.healwithfood.org/allergicrhinitis/birch-pollen-foods-avoid-list.php
The numbness in your toes is another clue, of what I am not sure though. I assume your blood sugar is ok. I knew a fella with high blood pressure that had tunnel vision sometimes but that's different also.
How about trying an anti-histamine next time the scotoma occurs to see if it causes any improvement? If it results in an improvement in symptoms that might mean the cause is an allergic reaction.
Some other things to consider are possible low thyroid and selenium.
Myself I don't eat nightshades or soy or dairy. And I don't have any scotomas at night. I am also low carb and mostly paleo. For some reason the hair on top of my head is getting a little thin though. Can't win 'em all as they say.