Can Someone With Experience Explain...
Posted 19 February 2004 - 07:33 PM
But my question is after six months of healing will I be able to have a small cookie like everyone else will it re-damage the intestinal villi all over again or, will it be a slight damage like barely noticable...can I sometimes cheat like at parties like once a year or will i go back to step one like when i was diagnosed...Someone with experience only can answer me this one question.
Posted 19 February 2004 - 07:54 PM
Sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you just need to find (or make) your own cookies! No cheating, or you just cause damage all over again. I believe it is something like a gram(or maybe less) of gluten a day causes damage. Not to mention, that most people experience horrible pain and symptoms once being gluten-free for a while. Your body becomes ultra sensitive to the gluten, because it likes being gluten free. So when you want to cheat at parties, even once a year, you may very well suffer for it for weeks afterwards. Now you will have to be the judge of whether it is worth it or not, but most people will agree it is not worth it. You will start to find the gluten-free diet is not as hard after a while and being gluten-free will become second nature. But it is very normal to feel sorry for yourself every once in a while and grieve for your loss of freedom to eat whatever you feel like. Just don't let it keep you down. You will eventually be healthier than you probably ever remember feeling in your life, and for that you should be very happy!
Gluten intolerance and the gluten free diet can make us all feel a full range of emotions. These are just a few of them.
So just go easy on yourself and you will find it will not be so hard down the line.
Mariann, gluten intolerant and mother of 3 gluten intolerant children
Posted 20 February 2004 - 09:25 AM
Thank you so much..
Posted 21 February 2004 - 12:24 PM
remember stick to the diet it is worth it
Posted 23 February 2004 - 05:53 PM
I know you have gotten the replies that I will give but believe I am overly qualified to give it. I ignored the diet for a year, thinking really how bad can the damage be. I wanted to eat pizza with my friends and have a normal birthday cake. I was getting myself in trouble. I ended up in the hospital with a total atrophy of my small intestine (it wasn't working at all) and was told that if I don't gluten free I run the risk of getting cancer and having irreversable damage elsewhere in my body!! Trust me it's not worth it!! I hope you heed this advice from someone whose been through it all!!
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