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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I was wondering, is there like a listing of just very basic foods (ie: carrot sticks, potatoes...etc) one can eat for a time (say several weeks) that are known for a fact to be 100% gluten free, so I could do kind of like a test diet?

How long should it take to see any results from such a diet (as in if gluten does affect me should I start to see improvements in X amount of weeks?

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This is called an elimination diet and you can eat all meats, poultry, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds. This is a whole foods diet and very healthy. You can eat rice and gluten free grains, and use gluten free products if you tolerate them and just want to eliminate gluten. Also dairy would be ok if you are not sensitive to it. A lot of Celiacs have difficulty with dairy though, so just be aware.

You can do a two week trial and then do a gluten challenge. Actually, it is up to you how long you want to eat gluten free before you "test" it. My son only made it a week before he indulged in pizza and then became very very ill. If you are symptomatic, it should show itself very rapidly when you test gluten by eating it.

Most recommend eliminating gluten for 2 weeks before introducing it again.

If you have a reaction, you are either Celiac or Gluten Intolerant. Those who aren't would be able to eat that gluten food without having a reaction, even though they had not eaten it for 2 weeks.

Good luck with eliminating it and I hope you feel better soon.

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Be aware that some people have delayed reactions. My daughter has a reaction three days later, this is the norm for her.

I think I have seen to trial gluten-free for two to three months. If you are planning to do testing, blood, endo/biopsy, you should do that first because if you stop eating gluten and then get tested, your tests will not be accurate and you will need to go back to eating a gluten filled diet for three months and then get tested.

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Wow, so as little as 2 weeks could show if I have a problem with gluten (by going off 2 wks then back on gluten)? That is quick!

So, try to think basic foods (with only like 1 ingredient, such as just plain basic chicken with nothing added). I would think the more complex the food (the more ingredients) the more chance for gluten to be hiding.

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You can use all the ingredients you want as long as they are gluten free.

Like stir fry for example would have a lot of vegetables and meat. Just be careful of soy sauce-some is made from wheat.

Two weeks worked for both myself and my son. Everyone is different and you could do a longer challenge if you don't learn anything from a short gluten-free challenge.

Let us know how it goes!

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Thank you eatmeat4good, I am still contemplating whether to get a blood test done before I mess with cutting out gluten, but for sure just cutting out gluten for a time would be cheaper, and more accurate to determine!

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