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Going Gluten Free

We’ve embarked on a slightly different adventure in the past week.  Buttercup* has had some pretty life altering symptoms for quite some time.  One of them seemed to come to a head a little over a week ago.  I’m pretty sure my family is sick to death of hearing me tell them about food allergies, etc., but I felt very strongly that we have nothing to lose in drastically changing her diet, so I suggested it to Aunt Guardian.

Long story shortened, Aunt Buttercup* went GFCF, msg free, and aspartame free last week.   Because of certain family events, my Mom has Buttercup* for two weeks in a row instead of one week on and one week off.  This is her second week.  It was almost ideal that we could work together  during my week.  Hopefully by the time she goes back to Aunt Guardian’s, the trauma of having to prepare for a special diet will be passed.  Aunt Guardian is a brick, but she does a lot and it does take a lot of effort to get started with the GF diet.

Anyway, last Wednesday, I talked to my Mom and she was very happy to report that she had been eating GF with Buttercup*, and one of her own symptoms had gone away!

I know that the thought of eliminating a major ingredient from her diet has seemed like a drag, but I am so glad my Mom has gone with it and is seeing a physical improvement in herself!  It’s also nice to know that I probably got the gluten sensitivity from her side of the family, so I can send out a mass email to my Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins and suggest that they consider whether or not they may have a gluten issue.

There is a reason I have been on my parents to consider the possibility of a gluten issue there.  Celiac Disease is linked to gall bladder disease.  Both of my parents have had their gall bladders removed, and both of them have other digestive issues.  I hope my Mom enjoys life without a stomach ache and gut cramps enough to stick with the diet.  Maybe my Dad will jump on the band wagon and feel better, too.  If both of my parents start feeling better, maybe my sister will give it a shot for her and her family’s sake.

Going GF is no picnic, but it is so nice to feel better.  I used to cheat all the time and have eggs even though I knew I was allergic, but I feel so much better since eliminating the sources of my misery that I will never go back.

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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

I came across an interesting website about those of us who are sensitive to gluten but have had negative Celiac results. Foodintol.com says:

Gluten intolerance is a broad term which includes all kinds of sensitivity to Gluten. A small proportion of Gluten intolerant people will test positive to Celiac Disease test, and so are called Celiacs (~0.5% of the population).

But most Gluten sensitive people return negative or inconclusive results upon Celiac testing. The correct term for these people is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS) and may be as many as ~15% of all people or 1 in 7.

Also

Although Celiac testing is still used in many clinics as a first test for Gluten sensitivity, it only picks up the small percentage of Gluten-sensitive people who are Celiac.

It misses the NCGS patients. Consequently this latter group is poorly diagnosed and misses out on discovering the simple and drug-free remedy of a Gluten-free diet for a dramatic recovery.

I have a certain dismay on behalf of those people who have been tested for Celiac Disease, yet are sensitive to gluten but are eating it anyway because of the negative Celiac test results. I have felt SO much better since eliminating the foods that drag me down and make me sick! It has been so long since I’ve had a doughnut, that I sometimes forget how hard it is to give up something without some pretty strong evidence that it is necessary to do so.

Please, folks. The things we eat play a much bigger role in our physical well being than most realize. It’s not simply about eating healthy foods, but eating foods which the body can actually digest. Yes, it is hard in the beginning, and it is continually frustrating in this food saturated society in which we live, but it is so worth it not to have to be nauseated and/or headachey, and not to have to plan one’s life around the nearest bathroom!

If you aren’t feeling well and your medical treatment isn’t working, consider that you  may be allergic or sensitive to something.

*stepping off the soap box*