Hi Ron, I understand. I had an awful time at the beginning--I was so careful and still had reactions where I couldn't pin down the cause. I even sought the help of an allergist and asked him to run food intolerance testing but he refused, saying an elimination was really the best way to figure things out. He told me that the tests can produce a lot of false positives, and that people at that point have to do an elimination diet of the positive foods. Anyway, that's my experience with that. I did do an elimination diet and discovered that at the time I couldn't tolerate corn, soy, dairy, legumes, coconut, eggs, and tapioca .
Thanks for the response, IrishHeart.
I haven't eaten out since that post of many weeks ago.
Since then, I have eaten ONLY steamed, unseasoned, broccoli & cauliflower, fresh unseasoned beef, chicken, and pork, and Applegate organic, grass-fed beef hot dogs that are labeled as gluten-free, as well as casein free, Ocean Spray Cranapple juice, in addition to water.
I have an incredibly small possibility of CC. I have my own cooking utensils, dishes, and flatware. My roommate uses the kitchen almost not at all - but when he does he is respectful of my space.
Out of the blue, last week, I suddenly was getting symptoms from my daily latte made with 3 ounces of whole milk. I cut that out and recovered. Since cutting that out last Friday I have been back on track until yesterday when I had a banana and my body reacted as if I'd eaten a gluten pizza.
My reaction was just what I listed - brain/vision fog, severe joint pain, very tired, bloat, constipation. In the research I did last night, I noticed the list that you mention - I'm not having those symptoms.
That is my frustration, I guess, I am very confident that there is not a possibility of gluten contact, yet my reaction (in a very very limited diet)is in line with a gluten contact.
It is 7 years later, and I have been able to add about half of these back. It gets easier, really.
In looking over your present diet, I wonder if possibly the few (albeit safe) processed foods might be contributing. I know I would not have gotten away with the hot dogs or, believe it or not, the juice. Again, not saying they are not safe, but anything processed would put me right back to my classic symptoms as I was still healing.
I had to go down to fresh meats/poultry, potatoes, olive oil, fruits (except citrus), veggies (except legumes), spring water, and tea. Salt only for seasoning. I stayed there until things settled down and then added one new thing at a time--like rice, eggs,etc. Some of us have to go very slowly.
Another thing that made a difference for me was going to unscented personal care products, unscented laundry products, and basic Castile soaps.
It's a pain in the patoot, but you will get it figured out. A simple food journal can be invaluable in tracking your symptoms and how they relate to your diet.
Best of luck!