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Anyone Else Able To Tolerate Foods That Bothered Them Prior To Going gluten-free?

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Just curious. I find it very interesting that my husband used to be really really bothered by eating bananas. He'd feel awful afterward...stomach pain and indigestion. However, now that he's gluten free he has been eating bananas every single day and loving it. He went years without bananas because of the problems they caused. Interestingly enough, his mother complained how much bananas bothered her too so she just avoids them. She had GI issues for years and finally came to feel she was lactose intolerant and says "I just can't eat whole wheat." but continues to have white flour and breads as she says it doesn't bother her. She does fine taking the lactaid pills. However, I am pretty certain if she just went gluten free I bet her other issues would clear up. Also, my 16 yr old daughter has had severe oral allergy syndrome that also effected her gut. Bananas were on the top of her list for making her feel bad...along with carrots and tomatoes...she'd be in tears if she ingested them. Luckily, allergy shots pretty much cured that and now she can eat raw fruits and veggies again...something she had to avoid all of for years. Another interesting note is that years ago her doctor thought she might be celiac and did a blood test but it was negative for celiac. Then, she had her appendix out and the fluid around her appendix was consistant with someone who has celiac disease....the dr mentioned to me. However, I've never done testing again. Now that my husband is living gluten free I'm sure it would be best for the whole family to be that way too. I may slowly transition all of us. All our dinner meals are gluten free so how hard could it be for the other meals to go that way as well. Hmmmm. I'd also like him to get tested for piece of mind and just because we have 4 kids.

Anyway, my original question here was...has anyone who has gone gluten free noticed they can now tolerate other foods that used to bother them. I know lots of people's lactose intolerance goes away after going gluten free for a period of time...I'm sure it'd be the same for other things that bother a person.

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Before going gluten free - I had heartburn 2-3x's a day!

I've had to take prilosec with my vitamins and supplements daily

I'd get heartburn from coffee and citric acids and tomatoes.

I no longer have heartburn issues - which is a wonderful relief to me as I've dealt with it daily for years!

Its amazing how our lives change by changing our diets

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I became more sensitive to everything after going gluten free. Actually, I probably was always sensitive to these things but it wasn't until going gluten free that I healed enough and developed enough of an awareness over my body that I realized the other sensitivities. My reactions to the things I am sensitive to though? DEFINITELY became much, much more violent since going Gluten-Free.

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Yes - dairy and fat.

I stopped being able to tolerate any dairy and only small amounts of fat at a time several years before going gluten-free. I now know that it was because the tips of the villi digest dairy and fat and mine had been destroyed because of the autoimmune reaction to gluten.

Once my villi grew back/healed, I could have both again with zero issues.

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Yes - dairy and fat.

Yes, that. ^^

Also, I have Oral Allergy Syndrome -- a localized allergic reaction to several fruits and vegetables. Since I've been gluten-free I can tolerate small amounts of those things I couldn't eat at all before. For example, I still can't sit down and eat a full-sized carrot, but I can pop one or two baby carrots in my mouth or not have to worry about a little shredded carrot in my salad. I can't eat a celery stick but if there's a little celery chopped up in my potato salad... I'll stop eating it when I taste it but that first little bite no longer makes me miserable for the next couple of hours. (Not that I usually eat potato salad without reading the ingredients first, of course, but sometimes my mom makes it and I know it's gluten-free but she'll forget I can't eat celery). I guess my immune system is a little less hyper-vigilant now that I'm not assaulting it with gluten on a daily basis.

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Dairy for me as well - I was dx'd with lactose intolerance as an infant, but I can now eat cheese without horrid stomach cramps! Also, I can eat rice without bloating up like a balloon now.

On the other hand, I have noticed post DX that corn products make my gut hurt really bad.

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Dairy for me too! Before I was diagnosed, I could only handle a little bit at a time--had to be very careful with it.

After going gluten-free, I became (or noticed that I was) sensitive to several foods and cut those out along with dairy totally.

Now, 4 years later I can tolerate dairy just fine. I tried it in a lark last summer and had no problems with it at all. Unbelieveable! I still can not tolerate coconut, tapioca, or legumes but having dairy back opens up a lot of new options :D

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