I Don't Want My Husband To Go gluten-free But Will I Still Be Safe?
Posted 12 May 2011 - 10:50 AM
I guess what I'm wondering is, do you think my husband should go gluten-free just for my sake or is it possible to live safely in a non-gluten-free home?
Thank you for all of your opinions
Consciously Gluten Free starting end of November 2008
Posted 12 May 2011 - 11:06 AM
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Posted 12 May 2011 - 11:23 AM
Posted 12 May 2011 - 11:28 AM
It IS possible, it's just that you have to be extremely careful, and your husband and whoever else lives in your house, or brings food into it, has to be extremely and wonderfully dedicated to making sure not a single crumb of gluten can possibly get into your food. I'm sure you're familiar with the the usual CC spiel about cutting boards, pots and pans, pasta strainer, etc. And even then, chances are good that at some point or another you will get CC somehow.
People will anaphylactic nut allergies almost never allow nuts to come into their homes, and prohibit the presence of peanut butter and anything else related. That's because they really don't want to risk something bad getting into their systems. This is a little like that. You may not be at risk of death if you get contaminated, like anaphylactic allergic individuals, but if you want to be truly safe in your home, you need to eliminate the source of the problem completely. It's all about what you're willing to risk.
That said, I live gluten-free in a gluten-eating home. The other people in my house are all very careful and vigilant and some of them I would even trust to cook for me, and do on a regular basis. The few times I have gotten sick since I went gluten free 6 months ago, I highly suspect they were not from my home but from food I had eaten while in my college dining hall based on what I recall eating on those days.
October 2010: Gluten free.
November 2010: No HFCS or artificial sweeteners.
March 2011: Gradually fading out soy.
Posted 12 May 2011 - 11:37 AM
Also started off free of dairy, soy, yeast, eggs, nightshades, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.
Currently free of dairy, soy, yeast, eggs, and refined carbs/sugars.
I have trouble digesting carbs and fats.
Positive Enterolab results Jan 25, 2010
DQ8 and DQ6 genes
Posted 12 May 2011 - 12:32 PM
"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)
celiac 49 years - Misdiagnosed for 45
Blood tested and repeatedly negative
Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002
Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis
All bold resoved or went into remission with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002
Some residual nerve damage remains as of 2006- this has continued to resolve after eliminating soy in 2007
Mother died of celiac related cancer at 56
Twin brother died as a result of autoimmune liver destruction at age 15
Children 2 with Ulcers, GERD, Depression, , 1 with DH, 1 with severe growth stunting (male adult 5 feet)both finally diagnosed Celiac through blood testing and 1 with endo 6 months after Mom
Positive to Soy and Casien also Aug 2007
Gluten Sensitivity Gene Test Aug 2007
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303
HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303
Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)
Posted 14 May 2011 - 08:01 PM
Posted 14 May 2011 - 11:30 PM
However, if he and I are eating the same meals at home, I have to be careful to carb- load him if we are going to be doing some physical activity and going somewhere. We were hiking several years ago on a cold, rainy day on a group hike and he got chilled from getting wet, and hungry and lethargic, which was not good as we were not near the parking area and had quite a ways to go on the return loop. Fortunately the group guide had some regular high calorie energy bars to give to him because my snacks just were not cutting it. (I had some nuts and a hard boiled egg.... aye yi yi. Gave him this and his body just could not go Oh, Goody, a fat and protein fuel infusion. ) NOW I make sure I have packed some sort of grain product such as a rice cake, corn tortilla, homemade gluten-free bread, or crackers, etc in the food carry bag, and I pay more attention to what he's eating and always remind him to have something in his backpack because I don't want to have that happen again. And you have to be careful with things like raisins, they will spike you up with sugar, but the crash can be hard.
I've seen him go for days gluten free and as long as he keeps himself fed he's fine. I've seen him eat gluten at a restaurant and he's fine. He doesn't seem to be effected either way. But he does not have my metabolism, that's for sure. He eats gluten free cereal and milk for breakfast, for example, I can't do that. But everything else at home, we just converted over to using gluten free ingredients. It actually was not that much of a switch. Food is food. If it's a grain item, either I made it myself or it came from a gluten free bakery or manufacturer.
If you have gluten in your home, you are going to have to be careful to make sure you're not getting cross contaminated with it. I don't think I should be telling your husband what to do, that is more up to him and you and how you live together, and how much work you both want to do, because gluten free is a lot of work but gluten co -existing without spreading it all over is also a lot of work.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:29 AM
Of course everything I cook is gluten free and the other family members are free to eat gluten food outside the home or even inside as long as it's cooked in the gluten kitchen and not eaten at my table without some serious cleanup afterwards.
Busy mom to 3 great kids (4, 8 and 18)
Gluten free since April 6, 2011 ~ Also sensitive to coconut, coffee and food dyes
Joint pain, mouth sores, back and neck pain, migraines, stomach pain, chronic fatigue, ADD and depression are all gone.
Wishing I had been diagnosed before celiac robbed me of the cartilage in my toes and the 3 babies we lost to miscarriages.
Posted 03 June 2011 - 04:15 PM
Here is just a small list of what my suffering entailed:
- constant HUNGER
- constant craving of sweets
- major constipation
- Worst Migraine Aura of my life
- Repeated Herpes outbreaks
- SUPER cranky
- very bad attitude
- crying for no reason
- itchy rashes for the first time ever
I'm probably forgetting stuff. It's a good thing I'm so stubborn, because it just didn't make sense to me that doing nothing but taking out gluten (which I *knew* was not an essential nutrient, lol) could be affecting me so badly if it wasn't bad for me and some sort of addiction withdrawal thing!
Anyway, we ended up learning all about GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) and it made a lot of sense. I think my problems at first were three-fold:
1. Eating "gluten-free" stuff involving alternate flours and much processing
2. Becoming more sensitive to gluten contamination, before we'd really learned to avoid it
3. Sugar addiction
Once we started the GAPS diet, I got much better. I'm still not 100% - I now stutter when I get upset/overwhelmed which is actually a weird new thing. But here are the things that are better than ever before (when I "didn't have a problem with any foods"):
- No more dandruff
- No more chronic terrible breath
- No more chronic terrible BO
- No more bouts of diarrhea when nervous/anxious
- No more migraine auras or migraines (used to have them regularly)
- No more Herpes outbreaks (didn't have them often before, but they've decreased even still)
- Feel full and don't have to eat as often
- Stopped getting up to pee all night long
I can't say whether my mood stuff is better, it's always come and gone, but I am far less anxious.
Anyway, I just wanted to put it out there that even for non-celiacs, dietary changes can be a good thing, and it doesn't always look that way at first.
If he is careful and respectful and supportive, I don't see why he has to go 100% gluten-free to keep you safe. But it is more convenient for shared meals, for sure!
Gluten-Free since November 2010
GAPS Diet since January/February 2011
me - not tested for celiac - currently doing a gluten challenge since 11/26/2011
partner - not tested for celiac
ds - age 11, hospitalized 9/2010, celiac dx by gluten reaction & genetics. No biopsy or blood as we were already gluten-free by the time it was an option.
dd - age 12.5, not celiac, has Tourette's syndome
both kids have now-resolved attention issues.
Posted 04 June 2011 - 04:14 AM
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Living in the beautiful Ozark mountains in Arkansas
positive blood tests and later, positive biopsy
diagnosed 8/5/02, gluten-free (after lots of mistakes!) since that day
Dairy free since July 2010 and NOT happy about it!!
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