Cheating When On A Gluten Free Diet
Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:32 PM
do harm to a person with Celiac.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:37 PM
This isn't like diabetes, where the effect of some sugar is gone from the system in 24 hours. The adverse effects of gluten last at least a couple of weeks.
Diagnosis by biopsy of practically non-existent villi; gluten-free since July 2000.
Type 1 (autoimmune) diabetes diagnosed in March 1986
Markham, Ontario (borders on Toronto)
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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:38 PM
If it's because someone is following the fad diet thinking they're going to lose weight, then they can do whatever they want.
Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 07:09 PM
"The gluten-free diet is a lifetime requirement. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage the intestine. This is true for anyone with the disease, including people who do not have noticeable symptoms"
Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:31 PM
"Dark and difficult times lie ahead ahead - soon we must all face the choice, to do what is right, or what is easy..." - Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
Diagnosed Celiac in May 2012 by TTG level and endoscopy
Acid reflux/GERD (stopped since eating gluten-free)
Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:38 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 09:56 PM
"You don't look sick or anything"
"Well you don't look stupid, looks can be deceiving."
Celiac DX Dec 2012
CRPS DX March 2014
Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:16 AM
A few doctors seem to have said it is okay to cheat once in a while.... uh, either they are misinformed, or they are using that sort of age old trick of letting someone make their own decisions so as to regain a feeling of having some control over the process, if they mess up, (even accidentally, by cross contamination) they can then get "back on the wagon" more quickly if they aren't berating themselves for failing and thinking it is impossible to stick to the diet.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:09 AM
That sentence about not imagining a little bit once a month would harm someone with celiac is a common misconception, particularly by those who do not have it or do not have someone close in their lives with it. If you have celiac, even if you suffer no physical pain from ingestion of gluten your body goes through a lot of damage to your intestinal villi. To intentionally cause that damage once a month is almost inviting the future problems that long term untreated celiac can bring. Some research into celiac can provide answers regarding cancers and other pretty bad outcomes, and may give you some insight into what a little gluten can cause in the long term. For many even a crumb can wreak havoc on the system and require weeks, months or even years to repair. To ingest that crumb (or bites/meals) monthly is not reasonable in any way and will have significant long term health repurcussions.
Is cheating ever allowed when on a gluten-free diet? I can't imagine eating something with gluten one time a month is would
do harm to a person with Celiac.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:03 AM
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!!
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:26 AM
For Celiacs and the Gluten Sensitive, even trace amounts of gluten can cause a reaction and do damage to our intestines. The reality is that unless you do all of your own cooking (with completely gluten-free ingredients), are extremely dilligent when eating out at either a restaurant or someone's home, then you will likely accidentally eat gluten at some point. But even getting glutened from cross contamination once a month is enough to cause problems for a few days at least. If it happens more than that, or if you eat a significant amount at once, you compound the problem.
"Cheating" - deliberately eating something that you know is not gluten free - is not a good idea.
Also, the reactions from gluten don't show up immediately in everyone. For some, it might take several days before you realise something is wrong. Even if you don't feel horrible, it doesn't mean you aren't recovering from the damage.
For example: a couple years ago, my mom, my sister and I (all Celiac) were eating the same bread from the freezer, for about a week over xmas. We all started feeling run down, bit bloaty, grumpy, nothing serious so figured it was from all the other things we were eating. Not until the day before I went home did I look closely at the bread bag and thought, wait, I didn't know they made gluten-free bread. Looked at the ingredients, and there it was: spelt. "Um, Mom! Did you know you've been poisoning us for a week?" She'd picked up the wrong bag at the store because it looked like the gluten-free one she usually gets. Lesson of the day: ALWAYS read the labels, even when it's in your Celiac mother's freezer... I never got really sick, and I'm not sure how long it took to recover, but was run down for weeks. No fun.
So, we're all going to make mistakes and get glutened accidentally, which is bad enough as it is. Cheating just isn't worth it.
~ Be a light unto yourself. ~ - The Buddha
- Gluten-free since March 2009 (not officially diagnosed, but most likely Celiac). Symptoms have greatly improved or disappeared since.
- Soy intolerant. Dairy free (likely casein intolerant). Problems with eggs, quinoa, brown rice
- mild gastritis seen on endoscopy Oct 2012. Not sure if healed or not.
- Family members with Celiac: Mother, sister, aunt on mother's side, aunt and uncle on father's side, more being diagnosed every year.
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