How Long To Persist With gluten-free Trial?
Posted 12 September 2011 - 04:24 PM
Also, could I perform a little experiment? If I really am gluten intolerant, then I ought to be especially sensitive to it now that I've been gluten-free for a while, right? So what if I deliberately 'gluten' myself one day soon - what are the symptoms I should look out for that would confirm that I'm on the right track? Or would you leave it much longer than 3 months before trying this?
Posted 12 September 2011 - 05:19 PM
For me, it took a solid 18 months to really feel better. Other people feel better much sooner.
I know a dietician who cheats on the diet. (She says she knows she'll end up with a colostomy anyway.) My mother was a registered nurse and she cheated on the diet for years. (And didn't have a colostomy when she died at 87 years, but had a really, really rough time from age 55-87.) I won't cheat. It makes me feel too sick for too long just when I make a mistake or get cc. I've never had a migraine headache. If you don't get those anymore, I recommend the Benjamen Franklin approach. Make 2 columns on a piece of paper. List one "positive" and the other "negative". That's worked for me in the past. (And how I decided to divorce a mistake! )
As of 2/12, tolerating dairy, corn, legumes and some soy, but I limit soy to tamari sauce or modest soy additives. Won't ever try quinoa again!
Discoid Lupus from skin biopsy 2011, discovered 2/12 when picking up medical records. Systemic Lupus Dx 6/12. Shingles 10/12.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:01 AM
If you have only recently started eating gluten-free, your stomach might still be recovering and intake of nutrients could still be poorer than is normal. Perhaps the tiredness is due to a vitamin deficiency? I'd give it more time.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 02:56 PM
Actually, part of the reason I asked that question was that I'm going on holiday in a fortnight, when the risk that I'll accidentally consume gluten obviously goes up, and I was worried that it might make me quite ill if my sensitivity had increased. That's why I wondered whether I ought to test my body out first under more controlled conditions (i.e. at home, where I can take to my bed if need be!). But from what you say, it sounds very unlikely I'd suffer any more than previously.
If I were to to make two lists, then the only negative against the two positives I mentioned is a slight loss of weight since I went gluten-free (I'm underweight, so that's a negative for me). But as far as I know it's not uncommon to change weight in either direction in the short-term, is it?
Posted 15 September 2011 - 03:11 AM
So a decision to 'test' whether you have an intolerance via your diet is yours. But maybe hang close to home, in case it's not what you expect. It may be the way I end up being diagnosed as well. I think at the end of the day most of us need a little 'proof'. And why not, when for most of our lives we've been told there's nothing wrong and it's in our head.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:25 AM
Why do you think you'll be glutened while on vacation? You should do some research into gluten-free brands. And don't forget to mention that you need to steer clear of Gluten whenever applicable.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 05:05 AM
Have you considered a trial of eliminating dairy, or at least casein? That can be a factor for the sinus issues you mention.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 07:28 AM
gluten-free March 2011
Failed gluten challenge May 2011
Diagnosed celiac 5/25/11
Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:31 AM
Anything else you would read into my experience, based on your own?
RollingAlong - I've eaten little or no dairy for about 10 years, so unfortunately that's not the answer to my sinus problems, but thanks anyway.
glutentheintolerant - I hope you're right that my nutrient intake will improve once my stomach gets used to the change of diet. I have tested deficient in D and B12 in the past, and I take supplements of both.
Posted 18 September 2011 - 02:06 PM
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