KJS commented on Chaff's blog entry in ThesmophoriaHi, I've been gluten free for 14 years. What you're going through sounds like what I went through although I don't have hemochromatosis or blood sugar problems. I've become happy and healthy by studying the anti nutrients in foods and how to nutralize them. This can be very complicated but I'll start with simple diet suggestions that may help. I would get away from all grains, seeds and beans including rice. My diet is very similar to the "Paleo" diet. I have found many starches that can be made easily digestable by cooking them well. There are many kinds of sweet potatoes, taro and cassava that are very good and may be better for you than rice. I would stay away from regular potatoes and true yams because they have some pretty indestructable anti nutrients. You can look up taro, cassava and sweet potatoes on the internet, find out what they look like and how to cook them. I'm sure you can find these in Japan. Another first step towards the healing process is bone broth or stock. A good chicken soup from boiled chicken bones is a great start. Because you are nutrient depleted at this point, your body is reacting to even small food challanges so you have to be careful as to what you put in the soup. Avoid pepper and any food from the nightshade family (peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant). Some great veggies to start with would be carrots, swiss chard, broccoli and baby taro (malanga). Avoid any kind of onions or garlic. Some great herbs would be Celery, parsley, basil, and thyme. I've found that taking an amino acid supplement really helps your entire body to get stronger. It needs to be "free form" amino acids that only contain the basic amino acids that the body requires-no amino metabolites. I use solgar free form amino acids but there are other brands out there. I also don't eat the gel cap but put the contents onto a spoon and ingest the powder with water. Most plant foods contain anti nutrients but many can be neutralized by fermenting and cooking or both. I would stay on this veggie-low iron meat-tuber diet for at least three days. This gives the digestive system time to slough off any anti nutrients that are hanging around and causing trouble. You may also experience back pain durring this time but it will only last for three days. I think this is because some anti nutrients from rice tend to stick to nervous tissue. After three days and if you're not allergic to tree nuts, you can add cashews, almonds and coconut to your diet. Coconut can be eaten raw or cooked and coconut milk is rich and delicious. Almonds and cashews contain an anti nutrient called phytic acid and need to be treated. I soak cashews for a day and then put them in my food processor with some coconut cream, a little salt and a spoon full of lemon juice. I add an acidophilus pill to this mixture to aid the fermentation process. I just dump the contents of the gel cap into the mixture. By using these probiotic pills, I ensure a good outcome and don't have to make whey as a starter culture. I'm dairy free as well . I then ferment the mixture for a day and then refrigerate. I take raw almonds and soak them for a day and then blanch them and hull them. Then I Put them in my dehydrator for a few hours and add salt. You may want to look up "chitin binding lectins", on the internet. These anti nutrients can keep people who are gluten free from feeling really great. There are many anti nutrients out there that cause nasty symptoms. If this has been of any help, I could talk further on the subject at a future date. I know how hopeless you can feel when you can't seem to find an answer to get better and I have spent many years searching. Your situation is very complicated and this may not be the right path, but I hope you find success with whatever path you take.