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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to Celiac.com's FREE weekly eNewsletter   What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease?  Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet What if my doctor won't listen to me? An Open Letter to Skeptical Health Care Practitioners Gluten-Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes
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Does anybody have experience with elimination diets? I am almost 2 months gluten-free (except for an accident this week.) I think I have a problem with tomatoes, maybe dairy? I am being as rogorous as I can. but I feel like I am missing something.


should I wait longer to do the elimination? (give guts more healing time)

should I fast (I would do a juice fast, not a complete fast) to cleanse first?

how long should I keep the super simple diet before re-introducing foods?

any other thoughts you might have?


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The elimination time depends on the element that you want to test your tolerance to.

For gluten it should be a several months period (say 3).

For dairy, I would say 3 weeks are enough.

For fruits/vegetables even less time will show improved health condition if they were making you ill.

As for when should you start reintroducing new foods, this is definitely the hardest and most individual-specific thing. Definitely you should let some full weeks pass, weeks during which you had no relapse, no digestive trouble.

Good luck!

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I am certain that celiac is the main culprit, and aim to be gluten-free forever. I am just trying to figure outthe best way to examine the rest of my diet.

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Hi, I've been dealing with Celiac for 51 years now, and used the elimination diet during the 70s to learn that I was allergic to all grains, all milk and dairy products, casein, whey, egg whites, yeast, and anything containing the word "malt".

I have been blessed with a facility for fasting, which seems to speed up the healing process, so I would stop fancy foods, eating only meat. fruits, and vegetables, for about 3 days, then start introducing one food at a time and see what happened.

The results took only 15 minutes to know if I was allergic to a certain food or not. I would begin wheezing with Asthma, but you all might have a rash, a tightness in your chest, uncomfortable feelings of irritation, etc.

It was imperative for me to read each and every label diligently, and know exactly what I was putting into my mouth. Then I could trace any symptom back to the source of the problem. Simplicity seems to be the key.

Good luck! Welda

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wow Welda-

you sure have a lot of foods to watch out for! thnk you for your response. It is becoming more and more clear that I need to suck it up and eat really simple. My sister (also celiac, though less rigorous than I) fed me something the other day, and I got totally "high." Dumb as a box, turned bright red and pounding heart. sort of exciting, but I don't think I want to repeat that too much. Maybe tomatoes?

does that sound like an allergy?


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