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I'd Rather be Gluten Free

After explaining to a friend the prescribed action for celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance—a lifetime avoidance of gluten from wheat, barley and rye—I am often met with the sympathetic reply, “that must be really difficult.”


As someone living with severe gluten sensitivity, I know that most days it’s not so bad, and only occasionally do I rush starving into a convenience store voracious, in search of any allowable snack.  Though ultimately, I, like most would still argue that living without gluten is much easier than living with it and all of its awful effects.

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IBS, constipation, gas, bloating, brain-fog, acne, rosacea, dermatitis herpetiformis are all symptoms of celiac disease and gluten intolerance.  So is it easier to treat, accept and mask any one, or even all of these afflictions or to shop specifically for gluten free foods, cook more meals at home, order off the menu and read food and cosmetic labels?


Of course, I do occasionally long for the days when a lazy Friday evening dinner required no more than dialing up a pizza company.  But when I recall my life before going gluten free, the days during which I was 10 pounds heavier, fighting off unexplained acne breakouts, brain-fog and other digestive troubles, all of which required multiple medications and treatments, I can easily reply, “It’s really not so bad.”

As always, welcomes your comments (see below).

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6 Responses:

Anna and Marie

said this on
11 Oct 2008 7:16:16 AM PDT
Love this article! When people tell me they feel sorry for me I become disgusted. I feel sorry for them just because they don't know what they're missing out on! I would love for them to become a healthier and happier person but hey, what can I say?!


said this on
13 Oct 2008 10:19:32 AM PDT
I totally agree with your attitude! I just developed a gluten intolerance this past year as an effect from an illness and have learned to adjust. I already ate healthy and now I am doing so even more! Just that occasional food that sounds good like pizza or a pasta dish or Dairy Queen Blizzard that you must stave off temptation. Also, being careful at restaurants with seasonings! Either way, knowing how to feel well and being able to feel well and look and feel healthy is a blessing from the Lord!


said this on
19 Oct 2008 12:35:09 PM PDT
You are so right. That is exactly how I feel/felt since starting the diet 2 years ago. So glad you started your business selling gluten free beauty products. I just recently threw out my 'hypoallergenic' make-up. Then switched to Gluten Ffree beauty products and think it has made a world of difference. I knew something was still bothering me but did not know that it could be mascara and eyeliner! Thanks so much!


said this on
24 Oct 2008 10:57:49 AM PDT
I agreed with you until the point where I become severely sensitive. Now I got bloating even when I go to a gluten free pizza shop (there is such a place and they even do delivery). Many processed foods that do not contain gluten affect me.


said this on
10 Jan 2009 10:14:58 AM PDT
Don't forget the other proteins called gliadins. As a true blue (well not so blue as that would indicate another condition) celiac I am a no W,R,B. Spelt, Oats, Buckwheat and even quinoa zone, not to mention soy and lactose. Its tough finding a girl with no wheat on her face. (the old adage was egg but it needs an update).
Please keep in mind that bloating is caused by yeast. Most pizza dough contains yeast. I cheated for the first time in 6 years and made pizza from a gluten free pizza mix (sorry Uncle Bob) I used the yeast. BIG MISTAKE!!! Could have used my mid section as an anvil. Nasty little bugs. But, I chose them, not the other way 'round. Good news is they are easy to whack. Lots of hot pepper! I did this when I was on antibiotics in Nov. '07. I put hot sauce on everything I ate. As a result I final kicked the redcurrant sinus infection and did not suffer the ills of explosive yeast growth in the gut.

By the way if interested I'll post a a little diddy of a re-write of the night before Christmas, for celiacs of course. Warning: It may offend those die hard fans of Santa's bowl full of jelly.

As Julia Child would say, 'Bon Apetite' . Did she ever do anything gluten free?


said this on
11 Jan 2009 12:14:01 PM PDT
Gluten-free is easy. I'd kill for gluten-free. Try it without corn, purines, iodine, chocolate, dairy, mushrooms, soy, vinegar, etc. and then there are people worse than me that can't have eggs, or even rice! Life sucks everyday, all the time. Can't I just take some interveinous form of food so I can bypass my stupid digestive system? I'd be fine with never eating again... just fine.

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Hi wondering if someone could help. my daughter has mildly raised TTG levels and the gliadine levels, she has one Coeliacs gene, but her biopsy came back negative. We have kept her off gluten (and low dairy) for nearly a year to see if her symptoms improved. They haven't. But I don't know if they are related to gluten specifically. Just wondering if anyone has other suggestions that may be going on with her. Her symptoms are: - Short stature, she's nearly 9 and my 6 year old boy is nearly bigger than her - bumps on back of her arms - urine leaking and occasional soiled pants, which could be from constipation she has at time's - sticking out stomach - dry patchy rashes on her face - joint pain sporadically - vomits every 6 weeks, but hasn't had gluten and seems to be no food connection - reoccurring thrush She had gluten last night at a party and was fine today. I'm a bit lost and not sure where else to turn. Thanks for any help.

We have gone gluten free, our whole house, as of a month ago. It was pretty seamless since I had been gluten-free for 5 months last year. I have found many good recipes, and my picky husband and one of my boys who is also a picky eater, even prefer many gluten-free recipes to the regular ones. My husband did see my point about the size of the gluten protein means nothing. Its a gluten protein period, that's what you are avoiding. It doesn't matter if its hiding in the scratch of your baking sheet and you can't see it. You can't see the wind, but it's still there. I hear you on the anemia. I've been anemic for several years, I just thought it as because I was getting a little older. Has your anemia gone away or do you still have problems with it?

Ennis, it is made out of metal, coated with plastic I think. You have such a hard time, my heart really hurts for you. But you are such a support to those on this board, and a great teacher for those of us who are new.

Thanks everyone! I think its hard for people to fully accept because they cant see the damage it does every time you get glutened. It's invisible. Im glad to know I wasnt being paranoid. I sure was when I was first diagnosed. I laugh at myself now, but its a pretty steep learning curve.

FYI......anxiety is a common symptom with celiac disease and NCGI. It seems to resolve on a gluten-free diet. ?