If your in Japan you must be eating a lot of junk food from family mart where even the rice has wheat added to it.
Cheese too. YOu have to learn the kanji for wheat - Komugi or sometimes merikenko (american powder).
I'm not sure how prolific you are nihongo but there are some tricks- find a juwari soba place -- not regular soba -- it has to be 100% juwari and just the soba yu -- no sauce. shoyu is wheat-- ponzu is wheat ( most of the time)
All the packaged curry is made with wheat -- Inly if you go to the indian places like moti mahal in akasaka mitsuke can you get authentic. shinjuku mianami guchi has a good srilankan place. MAny in ikebukuro too -- depends where you are located.
it sounds like some of your trouble is not knowing where the gluten is. yes after 2 weeks of diet its a problem. After 9 years for me its still a problem if i let my guard down. Sometimes the ingredients change in products and you have to read it each time you buy something. YOu have to learn how to explain it in Japanese too -- then they will go out of their way to help you have a good experience. good luck
First post here, even though I have read quite a few ones.
There are mainly two things I would like to ask. The most important question is at the end of the message, so if you do not feel like reading the full story, please just go down ^^.
To begin with, and to briefly introduce myself, I am French (sorry for the English mistakes by the way !) and have been living in Japan for a few months.
I've spent more than 2 years with quite hard symptoms : permanent sore throat, feet always feeling cold, catching cold every 2 weeks (and they would last a week), constantly exhausted, AND 7 years of unexplained tendinitis...
Didn't know what to do, and no one knew, until a sport doctor told me about celiac. Did the test blood test without really believing it, but I did have a gluten intolerance. Not the strongest possible, but quite a nice one.
Started the gluten free diet 4 months ago, and as a result... I felt much better after just a month (except the tendinitis). Even though I didn't stop completely gluten (I am still eating what we call gyudon, which use little soy sauce = wheat). Really felt like a miracle.
1. Anyway, I felt great until I made a few mistakes 3 weeks ago, eating some curry (had no choice, and didn't know it was that bad), some choco cake I thought gluten free, and some meat with a shaddy sauce (no choice either, business with clients).
Light symptoms started to come but it's only a week later it got really bad, like before... With new symptoms : tension headache. Which lead me to my first question : can symptoms evolve like that? Like, I mean, getting suddenly some new symptoms I never had before ?
2. Then, my second question. When I first ate gluten 3 weeks ago, it took 2 days about to get a few symptoms back (not all though). The headache lasted 2 weeks, and 2 days after I ate the choco cake, I caught a cold which lasted a week. Well, weather was quite bad 2 days before I caught the cold, so it made sense, but it started around 18:00, while I had been at my office the whole day, with absolutely no problem. So I thought it might be the choco cake. I mean, you catch a cold when the weather is bad and you're outside, not 2 days later when you're inside.
First, does that sound possible?
Then, here is my problem. My cold got better after a week. Great. Felt good during 3 days (except some light headache and sore throat). Great again. And now I feel bad again. Even though I am positive I haven't eaten anything I didn't eat when I was feeling great 2 months ago.
So, 2 options here :
A/ I've started eating cheese, could that be the reason? I wasn't lactose intolerant 4 months ago according to my blood test, but could have it changed that fast? (or might the blood test be unreliable regarding lactose?) Don't eat that much of cheese though, and I've been eating some during the last 4 months, even when I was feeling better.
B/ Regardless of what I ate during the last few days, I did eat some gluten a few weeks ago, so I will need quite some time to stop getting symptoms --> is it realistic?
Let me ask this another way : does eating gluten once after a 2 months diet means that some symptoms might come back, disappear, then come back again during a few weeks even though you have been very careful since then?
I can't help thinking gluten might have nothing to do with my illness, and that I should look for another reason again... So I need some help !
PS : if that can help, I'm 25.