Hi I'm Christy, long time lurker, first time poster.
I've been gluten-free since Aug 2012, self-diagnosed NCGI, sorta doing OK, I also have Fructose Malabsorption and don't do well with dairy, likely casein moreso than lactose. So I'm currently gluten-free DF and have to weigh the limited foods I can eat to stay under my daily 3g free fructose limit, as well as the fructans, polyols and other FODMAPs that disagree with me. I figured out the FructMal in April 2010 so I was mostly wheat-free since then. FructMal is cummulative rather than all or nothing, so it took a long time for me to overcome the gluten denial, thou I had good improvement just from the FructMal adjustments. There was so much detail I had no idea of, so I'm beating myself up for not knowing what I didn't know - silliness!
I'm just tired, not so much physically but emotionally. If I look back at how awful I used to feel all the time and compare that to feeling awful now maybe once every week or two, I've made huge improvement. But it's mentally exhausting.
There was gluten in stuff I missed for the longest time, like the Bonnie Bell lip blam I used DAILY. At that realization, I got focused on double checking everything again. My frozen green beans said "may contain wheat" so out they went. Uncertain origin of vitamin E in lotion? Bye bye
Almost all my kitchen stuff I've replaced, or I make a best effort to make it safer. like my marble mortar & pestle is possibly glutened, so I use the pestle only to crush things in plastic baggies. I haven't replaced my VitaMix container purely out of cost (they're $130), I scrubbed it & soaked in vinegar and since we use it at least 2x a day, I'm hoping that the fact that it's been washed 600 times since last possible minor gluten (cc oats) is enough.
Luckily, I gave my husband Wheat Belly to read and he decided on his own to go gluten free also shortly after I did, so that makes it much simpler. My darling kitteh was already gluten free :meow: [said cute kitteh pictured in avatar]
So there are things I still need to do, like scrub down my cabinets and replace the shelf liner, I'm getting to them a shelf at a time, I greatly dislike the cheap plastic cutting board I now use, I need a bigger sifter, etc. Most of the stuff left to do is just a time and money situation, so I'm making progress and yet it's frustrating. I think I have a shread of lingering doubt without a firm diagnosis that it's a huge amount of effort when I'm uncertain. I considered EnteroLabs or Cyrex, but would rather buy a new VitaMix 7500 for the same cost as the tests.
Sigh. I do want to thank the community in general for all the support and answers I've gleaned over the past couple years, I'm finally posting cuz I'm certain I will benefit from interactive support instead of just lurking. Plus I'm here if anyone wanted to know that a gluten-free DF Caramel Corn rice cake contains 0.056 mg Fructans - I enjoy FructMal nutrient math.
Thanks for listening