I avoid all chips and deep fried items unless I am absolutely sure they are being made in a gluten-free dedicated fryer. It's not only the ingredients you have to be concerned about, it's the surfaces and such. So if something is fried in oil that previously fried something with gluten, it's contaminated and a no no.
I lost 30 lbs within a month after going gluten free. It was all inflammation! I do not believe it was because my metabolism suddenly revved up, I believe it was water weight from the inflammation, my doctor concurs. My doc said he has had Celiac's who lost over 300 lbs after going gluten free!!! Due to the malabsorbtion caused by Celiac's, underneath I had lost bone and muscle mass and looked emaciated. It took over a year and with gradually increasing exercising, at first very very light. I have gained 5 lbs and feel must stronger. So be careful now that you have lost the weight, you may need time to build back your structure and you don't want to break anything that may be compromised.
My newborn grandson (4 months old) is on one and thriving. I have a friend with a three year old that is just learning to eat by mouth. These tubes are very common, but I have no experience with someone of her age.
First of all- who are these a-holes making fun of you? It's making me heated just thinking about it. Coworkers? If you don't like your job much I suggest taking a diarrhea sh*t in a bag and leaving it on their desk. Then see how hard they laugh. (sorry I have quite an interesting sense of humor/need to make people realize how not funny their jokes are).
I haven't had a whole lot of people who poke fun at me, I get the annoying "oh! That must be why you are so skinny- you are SO lucky!" Even one of my very close friends says that to me sometimes- that she wishes she wouldn't absorb all the nutrients in her food so she could lose wait. I'm sorry WTF did you just say to me?! Seriously? IF you are that desperate to lose weight maybe TRY to do something about it instead of complain to me and wish you had some effed disease. Phew- tangent.
Um. This might be against what others think or recommend. But I want to share so maybe you feel less overwhelmed. I didn't worry about other cross reactive foods or even think about it until later on. And with some worries about this and that (coffee mostly) I stopped thinking about it and stopped googling it. There are enough things for me to worry about just avoiding gluten. And I still drink coffee. Dairy has only recently become a (noticeable) issue after 3 years gluten free.
The kissing thing- I don't worry about either. Maybe because I have been with the same guy for 11 years but we don't do a whole lot of hard make out sessions right after dinner. LOL. I don't know how sensitive you are- I don't know if you even know how sensitive you are. It takes a long time to really figure this whole thing out. And then once you get it figured out- something changes (just like parenting small children!) I think with the other foods issue, because you are feeling so depressed- I would just worry about the gluten part for now (after you get through this nightmare of eating it again).
Do you have to have the diagnosis? Is it really worth it in the end? I know having the official diagnosis can make it easier to see necessary specialists and get tests done- when you stay in the hospital they try to feed you the right food. But. I don't know. Hard for me to say because my dr went about things a little differently and gave me a diagnosis just based on my symptoms being better without gluten and having a genetic test that was positive. After reading what you are going through I would bail in a heartbeat- eating that gluten for that long and still working and all that is a lot. And it will make the depression you are already going through seemingly worse. I am in no position to suggest what you should do in this instance but just a thought I wanted to share.
Anywho- hang in there. Hire a hit man perhaps to take out these evil people. or leave flaming poop bags on their porch (so you can keep your job )