A Month Free From Gluten: The Reckoning

Are you yearning for an update on my dietary habits? If so, then (a) why? and (b) you’re in luck, since it’s that time again!

As you may recall, I decided to try cutting gluten entirely out of my diet for a month, as an experiment to see if/how it would help my Complainer Belly Syndrome (that is the technical medical name). It has now been a month.

Did it work?

As far as I can tell… yes. I did not have a single incidence of Whiny Ol’ Belly Disorder during the entire month. (This is all guesswork and correlation, rather than Clear Solid Scientific Facts, but unfortunately, with gluten sensitivity, that’s the best one can do.)

What next?

I’m actually going to start eating gluten again: at least one serving per day for the next two weeks. Then, I’m going to go tested for celiac disease, just to make sure that’s not on the table. (The test won’t work unless one has been eating gluten, as it relies on measuring the body’s antibody reaction.)

If the test is negative, I’ll still probably assume that I’m gluten sensitive, and will go back to a gluten-free diet after I’ve taken the test.* If, by some fluke of nature, the test is positive, then I will have to buy all new cookware, stare suspiciously at envelope rubber, etc.

*If I feel exactly as good with gluten back in my diet as I did without it, then I will question everything, worry incessantly, and ponder deeply.

It’s all very complicated.

IT’S OKAY, YOU CAN GIVE US ALL YOUR GLUTENS

8 thoughts on “A Month Free From Gluten: The Reckoning

  1. Why all new cookware? Is there like a gluten-residue to worry about? I hope you don’t have Celiac Disease, I do, but I also hope it turns out that you find an answer.

    1. Yes – if one has serious issues with gluten, then you have to worry very systematically about cross-contamination: bread particles left on the toaster grill, gluten ground into a cutting board, etc. Some GF people make sure to have special, GF-only cookware. (Thus, eating out at restaurants is a very risky thing, unless the place is all-GF or very, very careful with their preparation.)

    1. Yes, very slightly. I can’t put my finger on what the difference is, but they just taste a little off to me now. And they seem completely or mostly unappetizing.

  2. Couldn’t you have taken the test a month ago ? Or would that have spoiled the fun or at least caused a bias into the interpetation ?

    1. Theoretically, yes; practically, no. My primary care physician was out of town for 2 months, so I would have either had to (a) see a doctor who didn’t know my history, or (b) wait to cut out gluten until after he got back.
      (It’s also possible that, if I had already tested negatively for celiac disease, I might be less likely to try going gluten-free, since it’s an immense pain in the butt… but now that I’ve tried it and felt better on it, I know it’s worthwhile to go back.)

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