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Purposefully Consuming Gluten Before Going in Military

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 19, 2011 at 10:13 PM

I've been strict paleo for almost a year. The few times I've "cheated," and consumed very small amounts of gluten, I've gotten pretty ill. The symptoms included headache, joint ache, and upset stomach, as well as a change in mood. This makes me nervous because I plan on going back into the military after college, and I know from experience that gluten avoidance is near impossible.

I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar dilemma, and what there means to overcoming it was.

I am currently considering consuming a beer or two per week so that I can (enjoyably) regain some tolerance for gluten, and avoid becoming ill when I am forced to eat it regularly again. I also realize I can resume paleo again once I finish training, my main concern is being able to perform through a rigorous selections process initially upon reentry.

Thanks in advance, and apologies if this has already been asked, I could not find any similar questions.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I'm in the military and have never had a problem avoiding gluten.

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on April 28, 2012
at 07:38 AM

How did you go? Off to recruits in 3 weeks and would love to know your thoughts/advice.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on January 20, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I understand, hopefully you will find out how to manage it!

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on January 20, 2011
at 02:30 PM

I understand of course. Good luck to you!

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:30 AM

Best of luck and thanks for what you do for us.

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Just listened to it. Thanks a lot.

5514047f3281f61b1139fe6483ae6989

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:25 AM

I'm aware. I was in the Army for 6 years, so I know they're not going to make any exceptions. Thanks though.

5514047f3281f61b1139fe6483ae6989

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:24 AM

I've never been checked. I don't really want to know, since I'm positive that would instantly DQ me from want I'm planning on doing.

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:23 AM

I don't plan on having a problem once I'm at a duty station, it's during a certain selections process that I'm worried about.

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209d2fc1f43df88348031c7c38077172

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on January 20, 2011
at 12:02 AM

I was just listening to an early Robb Wolf podcast and he addressed a very similar question (the last 5 min. or so of episode 6). I think it was for someone that was getting deployed. He said that maybe they should eat a piece of toast or cookie or something regularly to keep a minor level of gut irritation so they didn't get the trots in the middle of a combat situation after eating an MRE. But that was the only situation he could think of where it made sense to do so. Otherwise it can generally be avoided.

5514047f3281f61b1139fe6483ae6989

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:25 AM

Just listened to it. Thanks a lot.

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Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on January 19, 2011
at 10:21 PM

Sinn have you been checked for celiac disease? Your symptoms might well reveal that you have this condition. I am no expert in military issues but I am sure that if you had a disease that forces you to eat gluten free, that would be respected, even at a training period. Someone with a military background could confirm this...

5514047f3281f61b1139fe6483ae6989

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:24 AM

I've never been checked. I don't really want to know, since I'm positive that would instantly DQ me from want I'm planning on doing.

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on January 20, 2011
at 02:30 PM

I understand of course. Good luck to you!

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on January 20, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I understand, hopefully you will find out how to manage it!

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on January 19, 2011
at 11:19 PM

Celiac is a disqualifying medical condition

(3) Intestinal malabsorption syndromes, including postsurgical and idiopathic (579).

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/intmedstandards.htm

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/abdominal.htm

They will not cater to you.

5514047f3281f61b1139fe6483ae6989

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on January 20, 2011
at 03:25 AM

I'm aware. I was in the Army for 6 years, so I know they're not going to make any exceptions. Thanks though.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 20, 2011
at 03:30 AM

Best of luck and thanks for what you do for us.

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