Hey everyone! I'm new to the forum and to being gluten free.
I am nearing the end of my second month as gluten-free. I am not a diagnosed celiac but when I had made numerous visits to my family dr. with the same symptoms...bloating, bowel problems, nausea, pain and tenderness in abdomen, constant exhaustion, lower back pain, brain fog...he suggested I eliminate gluten from my diet. After 2-3 weeks I felt incredible! I did not realize how awful I felt until my symptoms were nearly gone. I have talked to my dr. about testing and he told me that I would have to go back to eating gluten for the tests, which I am not willing to do. That being said I have come to find out that I am not only intolerant but quite sensitive to even small amounts of gluten. It is definitely harder than I thought it would be to be gluten-free.
I have been following my diet very closely and still have had some symptoms here and there. I work in a restaurant which could turn out to be an issue as I am always dealing with food that has gluten in it. I am also a single mother of a beautiful little girl who is soon to be 3. She and I live together just the two of us and I have been keeping around some snacks for her which contain gluten (mostly goldfish, pretzels and cereals). I'm wondering if I should eliminate the gluten from my house completely or keep some around for her?
Does anyone else work in a restaurant and have problems?
Is it a good idea to eliminate gluten from my household?
Sorry this is long-winded! I appreciate any advice you all can give!