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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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wystearya

Too Spicy?

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I've only just recently (past month) been trying to go gluten free. It does seem to be helping me, especially the digestive issues I was having.

But...

This morning has been bad. The big D, clay colored, and cramping. I am 99% sure I didn't eat any gluten at all yesterday! I am wondering if maybe something I had was too spicy for my healing system. I made a roast in the slow cooker and when it was finished I did add a good bit of steak sauce to my bowl of it. The steak sauce has no gluten or wheat. It does however contain Monosodium Glutamate. Before I never had a reaction to MSG. But I know that sometimes too much spice would make my system irritated. Could this be it? Maybe I just need to eat really bland for a while.

I am 32 and likely have been gluten sensitive all my life. Only recently having the digestive problems, brought on by stress at work. So, I guess I need to just realize I probably have a lot of damage to heal. Take it easy on myself.. I sure will miss spices though!

Anyone have any suggestions for me? I know I need to get something for my digestive track. But not sure exactly what.

Thank you all for your patience with me!

I need to visit my parents, as they have a working printer and I can use it to print out all the tips I have received!

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HI Wysterya,

Eating simple is a good idea. Your small intestine is around 22 feet long, and the surface area is about that of a tennis court. If you think about how a scraped knee feels, and then magnify that area to the size of tennis court, you get an idea of the area affected. That's a big scraped knee! :) So it can take a while to heal, and be sensitive for a while. Some research shows up to 18 months to heal the small intestine. That doesn't mean it will take that long, just that it can take that long. Making it easy for your gut to heal is a good thing. And simple foods that are easy to digest are good for that process. Even with that, you should try taking some pro-biotics and digestive enzymes with your meals or before.

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MSG is bad. A lot of people react to it. But spicy food can be really bad when you are not healed too. It happened to me with some organic bison hot dogs when I was a few months in. They tasted SO good, but a few hours later I had to go home and spend some time with the "porceline god". As a matter of fact, I didn't know which way to turn if you get my drift.

Plain simple whole foods is the way to go. Give up the spices for a while and I'm sure you will get them back eventually. Just knowing that will make it easier.

I hope you feel better soon.

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Thank you all!

I'll have to get the probiotics and enzymes. And I'll be sure to keep things simple now.

GFinDC - No wonder it can hurt so bad..! 22 feet is a lot of pain!

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Hi Wystearya

One thing I used to do is make large pots of rice and veggies and meat. I finally figured out that it was better not to add many spices to the big pot of rice. Instead I put them in the bowl of food when eat it. That way if I react to a spice it is only that one bowl of food not the whole shebang. Less is more as they say.

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