I cant say that I have noticed a HUGE difference, but I have noticed that my emotions are.. "amplified".
For instance, I was at a concert last week and a guy went up on stage and proposed to his girlfriend. Normally I would say hey good for you, etc. but I actually found myself tearing up! So crazy.
On the negative side of it though, I find if I am angry, I seem to be much more angry, or if I am happy I am much more happy.
Additionally, I feel like switching to the gluten-free diet has made me a much stronger and resilient person. I feel like the fact that I have been able to make this major life transition has made me feel more empowered, and for that I am extremely grateful and happy.
I see you have received a lot of tips on what to send in the lunches, but as a teenager maybe I can lend some insight into the whole "cool kid" ideology.
Sure, maybe the cool kids dont bring their lunches, but why not question that socially constructed idea? ie) You know what is cooler than not bringing a lunch to school? Bringing healthy lunches, and protecting your body from damage is way cooler than eating chicken fingers and poutine from the cafeteria.
Moreover, what you may not have realized is that in general, there is a outcry to society to drop your video game controllers, turn off the TV and get active and healthy. What better way to get healthy than follow a strict gluten-free diet which forces you to maintain a healthy standard in your meals?
It is COOL to be healthy, and I know a lot of my friends used to rub it in my face that I wasnt as healthy as them.
Try and boost her mood by enforcing the idea of healthy living, and make sure she has an edge over those "cool" kids simply because she is going to be feeling better and healthier than them in general.
Sorry if that seemed sort of choppy, but hopefully you find it useful.
I am in a very similar boat actually. When I was around 10 years old, I was diagnosed with Celiac, and had ridiculous stomach pain and other symptoms. I never really felt a huge change with the gluten-free diet, and when I asked to be re-tested, I started eating gluten again.
I never had symptoms since then, and to this day I dont have them. I also switched back to the diet recently for some random reason (I cant even remember why). I havent seen any change in my health really besides the fact that I dont feel run down as much any more. This result is good enough for me, and I have decided that I am not going to go back to gluten, even if I tested negative for it now.
I have found other benefits of the gluten-free diet besides protecting my digestive system, such as the fact that I just eat healthier in general. When I switched back to the diet, I started eating full meals with fish, poultry, and red meats, in addition to salads, and some solid carbs like potatoes (I forgot how much I loved them).
I understand that you may feel the need to not abide the diet, but honestly looking at it now, what negative effects has following the diet had for you? Probably none.
Hopefully this was helpful for you, and if you have any other questions for me, feel free to PM me.
I noticed this too actually! Unfortunately I smoked cigarettes which make me less hungry, but when I havent smoked for a few days, I find I am always hungry.
I think it may just be a way that your body is telling you that it is happy to finally be getting good food! It would make sense after years of damage to your digestive track, that once it starts getting healthy food, it just wants more. I definitely would not be concerned, and just be happy that are on the right track to recovery!
Good luck with everything, and hopefully the hunger pains dont bother you too much!