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Uh-oh, you've been "glutened"! How can you tell?

Answered on February 13, 2015
Created June 02, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Ever been at a restaurant and come face to face with a suspicious looking glaze or sauce? Ever been told that the soy-sauce is wheat free by a shifty looking waiter? Ever decide to go ahead and snatch a couple of sweet potato fries off your friend's plate even though they look suspiciously crispy?

I have!!! And my body proceeds to beat the crap out of me as a result.

Examples of punishment: Skin between my baby toe and its neighbour cracks, bleeds and generally makes me regret being born (EVERY SINGLE TIME), hives, sinus troubles, itchiness in places I won't mention here.

How do YOU know you've been glutened?

A5127d60bca783084f191f38ffa357a6

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:19 AM

Christmas set me back a couple days too, your not the only one! Everything from eating a roll or two because that's what I've done every year before too make my plate so boring with just rice and ham to Aunt mary asking me to try her chocolate cookies.

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on December 30, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Wheat cracker n=1 is a great idea.

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on December 30, 2012
at 01:45 PM

We have a Paleo Cafe in Cairns (Australia) now, going to try it out the next time I'm over that way :)

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on November 29, 2012
at 09:43 AM

Cross-contamination as you are describing here is probably a non issue for someone already excluding wheat and processed food altogether. Some exposure isnt that big of a deal. nonetheless, awsome work on your preparation for avoiding eat! :D

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on October 16, 2012
at 05:42 PM

spammers gonna spam.

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on October 15, 2012
at 01:26 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 04, 2012
at 03:17 AM

My safe starches are beets, parsnips and my favorite sweet potato. I haven't tried rice for a while.

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on June 03, 2012
at 08:34 PM

I'm not OK with any starch if I overeat it. Rice was the worst for my blood glucose.

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on June 03, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Dry eyes! I get that, too. I have to use liquid tears to alleviate the discomfort.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 03, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Wow, good for you. Again, you are the lucky one! I suffer from both - gluten and sugar. I am okay with safe starch.

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on June 03, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Just heard about a Paleo/gluten-free friendly restaurant in Atlanta that has Paleo night on Tuesdays. I plan to visit in the next week or so. We also have a taco truck here in Jacksonville that claims the only thing on the truck that contains gluten is the pre-packaged croutons for the salad.

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on June 03, 2012
at 04:38 PM

I didn't address my hack to celiac sufferers, but more as a reminder that many of us suffer no ill effects from gluten. I view paleo as ancestor lifestyle. Lots of meat and exercise, and inclusive of as many other foods as possible.

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on June 03, 2012
at 04:29 PM

I'm 59. I've never had problems with digesting proteins of any kind, whether from casein, gluten or meat. My health problems resulted from overeating high glycemic carbs as sugar and starch.

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Perhaps you are lucky to have no issues but I don't see how the theory of not avoiding gluten holds any water whatsoever. Some people are not able to produce the enzymes necessary to properly break down gluten proteins, period. Also, people with celiac disease have an autoimmune reaction to gluten and most of them ate it their whole lives before being diagnosed. Additionally, celiac disease was first described by a Greek physican over 2,000 years ago... how many folks back then were purposefully avoiding gluten?

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I think that weird feeling is caused by mild brain inflammation. I get it too and I hate it so much.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:26 PM

This is not applicable to people with celiac.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Oh my God, those noises are so embarassing! It sounds like my intestines are eating themselves!!!

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:13 PM

I get mucusy stools, back cramps, aches in hands, tiredness. But, that's only if I ingest quite a bit of gluten in one night.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Good comment, but it only applies to people who are not gluten sensitive. You are the lucky one! If you do not mind me asking, what age range are you? 20s? 30s? 40s?

D10ca8d11301c2f4993ac2279ce4b930

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on June 03, 2012
at 06:22 AM

I'd hope that'd go without saying. If you have honest to god celiacs stay the hell away from gluten!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on June 03, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I know that feeling too!!! You nailed my reaction. Frothy is a good word for it. Ugh.

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on June 02, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Oh yeah, the migraine. I feel fantastic after a cheat until 2 days later... then it hits and takes 2 Relpax to kill.

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on June 02, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Cultured Caveman, a paleo food cart, just opened up in Portland. That's the only one I know of.

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Why would you think you were crazy...you know your body better than anyone else, even though it speaks another language...you guys just need to develop your own kind of Mandarin :-)

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:45 PM

I know that "weird feeling" too well, but I always thought I was crazy even thinking I could have one.

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:24 PM

Addendum: my gut has been healing for +9 years now, which is what I attribute to the decreased days of glutting symptoms.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:23 PM

Having celiac disease I would never take these kinds of 'risks' :). A do agree with Not a Doctor, where the effects were felt for +4 days before, and accidental glutening (usually friends and family who mean well but don't know how to read labels) is now a 1-2 day ordeal. This includes diarrhea, constipation, bloody stool, major bloating, increased mucus production, general malaise, extreme thirst, inflammation.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Thank you for that. Are there any gluten-free Paleo restaurants?

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:27 PM

As I've done more gut repair, my reaction has change. Now a days, it makes me a little tired and bloated. It used to knock me out for days.

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77953c433077c7a65da802327ea7c529

on June 02, 2012
at 05:24 PM

I get soreness and stiffness in the joints of my hands.

Regarding restaurants...as a chef I can tell you that no matter how diligent the efforts of everyone working there, unless it's a gluten-free place, the stuff is EVERYWHERE. You have to be very selective about what you order and even that is no guarantee. My staff is well trained, we have labels and lists and charts and special pans and special plates, but we also bake our own bread and dredge hundreds of pieces of chicken and veal, make gallons of sauces and soups and our own croutons. It's in the atmosphere. No one can truly guarantee a completely gluten-free plate unless that is what the restaurant is all about. It's the reality of the situation.

8c75fd947f7cece22c0770fa80549cbe

(222)

on June 02, 2012
at 09:06 PM

Cultured Caveman, a paleo food cart, just opened up in Portland. That's the only one I know of.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 02, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Thank you for that. Are there any gluten-free Paleo restaurants?

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

(866)

on June 03, 2012
at 05:42 PM

Just heard about a Paleo/gluten-free friendly restaurant in Atlanta that has Paleo night on Tuesdays. I plan to visit in the next week or so. We also have a taco truck here in Jacksonville that claims the only thing on the truck that contains gluten is the pre-packaged croutons for the salad.

20203f15287a14924c714eb68a34ce6c

(596)

on November 29, 2012
at 09:43 AM

Cross-contamination as you are describing here is probably a non issue for someone already excluding wheat and processed food altogether. Some exposure isnt that big of a deal. nonetheless, awsome work on your preparation for avoiding eat! :D

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

(968)

on December 30, 2012
at 01:45 PM

We have a Paleo Cafe in Cairns (Australia) now, going to try it out the next time I'm over that way :)

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004d08b6edf7473c15fbb634abb6d88a

(281)

on June 02, 2012
at 05:44 PM

My legs ache like crazy, I get itchy patches of scaly, red skin, I feel mentally fuzzy (adding two plus two becomes a challenge) and I get bone-weary tired -- and not the typical it's-been-a-long-day-and-I've-worked-hard kind of tired. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 17 years ago and even then I felt like it was a cop-out "catch all" diagnosis which only told me what my symptoms were but not a thing about the root cause. I saw several specialists over the years but nothing helped with the pain and fatigue. It seemed to me as long as the doctor had a label then they were done investigating and had no reason to dig deeper to really figure out what was going on. Although my kids were diagnosed with celiac disease years ago their symptoms were very different so it didn't occur to me that gluten could be an issue for me, too. It wasn't until I went gluten-free last year when I started a primal diet that I realized my issues all along had been gluten! Now when I get exposed to some I wonder how I lived that long in such pain. I was so miserable but had no idea how to fix it so I just had to deal with it. Looking back I feel like I was just struggling to exist, it was hard to enjoy life feeling like crap everyday. Now as long as I stay away from gluten I feel great and have such energy and clarity of mind. Wooohoo!! I definitely don't appreciate accidental contamination or the type of attitude some restaurant staff have about food sensitivities, like "a little won't hurt". Gluten is eeeeevil.

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:29 PM

First I get a weird "feeling", the only thing I can describe it as is my Spidey Sense, then I notice I have frothy belly, a bit of cotton mouth and then my guts begin to take over everything from my body temperature to aches and pains, my over all mood because quite..umm...mean...my partner at tht time sends for an old priest and a young priest.. .http://mindreels.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/exorcistkarrasmerrin2.jpg?w=627&h=355 and then the battle begins...for the next 3 days this guy http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ljxunxf0u31qd42rao1_500.gif dances his way through my GI and I curse whom ever sprinkled me with their gluteny fairy dust..grrr....

Truth.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Why would you think you were crazy...you know your body better than anyone else, even though it speaks another language...you guys just need to develop your own kind of Mandarin :-)

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on June 03, 2012
at 12:01 AM

I know that feeling too!!! You nailed my reaction. Frothy is a good word for it. Ugh.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 02, 2012
at 06:45 PM

I know that "weird feeling" too well, but I always thought I was crazy even thinking I could have one.

E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I think that weird feeling is caused by mild brain inflammation. I get it too and I hate it so much.

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on June 03, 2012
at 02:50 AM

It feels like I ate broken glass, like I can actually feel it ripping my intestines apart. I also bloat until I look 7ish months pregnant and get some pretty interesting noises coming from my stomach. It is like listening to death metal coming from my tummy.

26b0f1261d1a0d916825bd0deeb96a21

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Oh my God, those noises are so embarassing! It sounds like my intestines are eating themselves!!!

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Heartburn so bad I want to die. I knowingly consumed crap last night and regretted it at 3 this morning. My stomach is still a little uneasy, but I deserved it. And, to top it off, the chocolate cake was awful.

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Faab28dcceda0f8e55b2fe0f0f329226

on June 02, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Immediate symptoms after I've been glutened? Joint pain, fatigue (can hardly stay awake), hemorrhoid flare up, head ache, extreme irritability, dry eyes, balance is thrown off, and foul gas. Later (same day and next day) symptoms progress to stomach pain and explosive diarrhea or difficulty passing stool due to consistency. Also difficulty sleeping, night sweats, and restlessness.

6747a5447a3440b5c87ebf5f2c1e0ead

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on June 03, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Dry eyes! I get that, too. I have to use liquid tears to alleviate the discomfort.

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E68bdbd83e45fd5be130e393ace9c9a9

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:29 PM

The first symptom I experience is a scary feeling of sudden spaciness, like it's hard to focus my eyes on anything. I feel like I'm in a bell jar, separated from the other people around me by some invisible barrier. And I feel a huge plunge in mood that comes on very fast, like a very intense despair that enfolds me. The world looks insubstantial and flimsy. This all probably comes on within an hour of ingesting a tiny bit of gluten.

Depression continues for 2 to 3 days afterwards. I also experience rashes, hives, migraines, joint pain, facial swelling, and anxiety. I hate gluten.

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:13 AM

It varies with the dose ... - used to be far worse but now can be a couple of zits, greater muscle soreness (inflammation) after gym work out, mild gas/abdominal pain. etc. Not fun.

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on June 02, 2012
at 06:05 PM

My throat tightens, and it becomes a bit harder to breathe. Usually followed by congested sinuses in the morning.

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on June 03, 2012
at 07:22 AM

I wish it was as mild for me as most of these comments. One crumb contaminating my food is all it takes. I get 6-8 hours with no symptoms that gradually give way to a little upset tummy. Then wham, feeling like I've been punched in the stomach followed by an URGENT need to get to the bathroom. Once my guts are empty (2-3 hours later) I'm left with a bad stomach ache (kinda like sore muscles but going all the way through my belly) and a headache. I'm usually pretty exhausted by this point and I'll sleep (poorly) for up to 14 hours. Whenever I wake up I'll find myself too weak to do much of anything Basic, low impact household tasks like folding laundry will leave me exhausted after a few minutes. so I'll nap and realize my brain is too foggy to read anything so I'll watch reruns on tv (last time I was too fried to even follow the storyline of an hour long procedural drama). Still stomach pain, headache, other muscles start hurting if I push it and do something wild like going up and down a flight of stairs. I might try to get down some soup or rice or apple sauce or something around 24-36 hours after I first got sick. Day 3, I start to feel functional. I managed to work last time but a short day and with lots of rest breaks. I get joint pain that lasts about a week and my immune system is shot for a while. I almost always get a cold within a week of a gluten exposure.

While I can't get a biopsy because I'd been mostly gluten free for a while when I realized just how sick I got when I had it, I've had a DNA test which confirms I have 4 of the known genes for celiac (out of 6).

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on June 02, 2012
at 11:41 PM

Itchiness and abdominal pain first, then diarrhea/constipation/intestinal spasms, eczema outbreaks, swollen and bright red eyelids, followed by a few days of intense anxiety, insomnia, joint pain, and IBS symptoms.

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on June 02, 2012
at 07:30 PM

My sinuses feel congested and inflamed, usually leading to a nasty sinus pressure headache not soon after ingesting the stuff. Bloating to follow. It's mostly the sinus issues that get to me, though.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on June 02, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Last week, at my nephew's pre-bar mitzvah dinner we had a buffet. I thought I picked out ok foods to eat but probably missed something. Within an hour or two I had a terrible stomach ache (unlike anything I've had in months since going gluten free). I was curled up in a fetal position for most of the night. Not a celiac but I do have a wheat intolerance. I'm thinking of doing an n=1 by eating a wheat cracker so I know for sure what my reaction is for future reference.

705e66484ed64fe8e188123de398413e

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on December 30, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Wheat cracker n=1 is a great idea.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 02, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Itchiness (not where yours is), heart palpitations, restless sleep, night sweats, stomach pain, fatigue. I feel weird right away, but I do have a delayed response to gluten. I start feeling worse about 2-4 hours later and at my worst the next couple of days. Sometimes it takes the whole week to recover.

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on October 15, 2012
at 12:21 PM

Thanks so much for this! I have not been to such as great post for a long time! You???ve got it, whatever that means in blogging. Well, you???re definitely somebody who has something to say that people need to hear. Keep up the great job. Keep on inspiring the people!

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on October 15, 2012
at 01:26 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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on October 16, 2012
at 05:42 PM

spammers gonna spam.

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D465d14cf5ef9da8436caf6435a5af67

on June 03, 2012
at 07:45 PM

1,5 hours after contamination I become very thirsty. Getting 2 liters of H2O for cleaning my gut from this gluten-crap.

The party gets noisy. People will think I am hungry, but its just "battle noise".

I dislike people around me. Leave me alone you gluten-addicts, my...

Well, the night is light. Sleep is not recreative.

Next day I see parts of my intestinal mucosa flushing on the way to the open sea together with the yellow rest of the gluten party.

After 2 days I am back on the track. Get me bone broth please!

Not funny.

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58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

on June 03, 2012
at 05:47 PM

On two occasions I ate sweet potato tots at a restaurant that I later learned had a gluten coating. At both of those meals I had tummy "pangs" within 30 minutes of eating the tots. On a couple of other occasions (once when I wasn't paying attention and took a big bite of a flour tortilla and the other when I forgot that Sun Chips were multigrain and ate 3-4 chips before I realized what I had done) I had some ankle swelling and increased nasal/throat congestion in the following hours. Oh, also, noisy intestines.

Not celiac - but following pretty strict gluten free due to Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

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(10611)

on June 03, 2012
at 12:19 AM

I don't know. I have no adverse reaction whatsoever.

Maybe it's explained by never avoiding gluten. The following abstract may explain:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21671042/

The proteases needed to digest gluten are more abundant as more gluten is eaten. As long as your GI tract is well populated with them gluten digests just like any other protein.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 03, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Good comment, but it only applies to people who are not gluten sensitive. You are the lucky one! If you do not mind me asking, what age range are you? 20s? 30s? 40s?

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(10611)

on June 03, 2012
at 08:34 PM

I'm not OK with any starch if I overeat it. Rice was the worst for my blood glucose.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 04, 2012
at 03:17 AM

My safe starches are beets, parsnips and my favorite sweet potato. I haven't tried rice for a while.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on June 03, 2012
at 06:04 PM

Wow, good for you. Again, you are the lucky one! I suffer from both - gluten and sugar. I am okay with safe starch.

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:26 PM

This is not applicable to people with celiac.

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on June 03, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Perhaps you are lucky to have no issues but I don't see how the theory of not avoiding gluten holds any water whatsoever. Some people are not able to produce the enzymes necessary to properly break down gluten proteins, period. Also, people with celiac disease have an autoimmune reaction to gluten and most of them ate it their whole lives before being diagnosed. Additionally, celiac disease was first described by a Greek physican over 2,000 years ago... how many folks back then were purposefully avoiding gluten?

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on June 03, 2012
at 04:29 PM

I'm 59. I've never had problems with digesting proteins of any kind, whether from casein, gluten or meat. My health problems resulted from overeating high glycemic carbs as sugar and starch.

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(10611)

on June 03, 2012
at 04:38 PM

I didn't address my hack to celiac sufferers, but more as a reminder that many of us suffer no ill effects from gluten. I view paleo as ancestor lifestyle. Lots of meat and exercise, and inclusive of as many other foods as possible.

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:30 PM

Respiratory -- coughing and sticky phlegm within minutes of eating. Insomnia for 2-3 days. I'm a diagnosed celiac, FWIW.

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E5d4889d675291f020c72e958de1f77b

on June 02, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Headache/migraine, suddenly full sinuses, grumbly stomach. Every time.

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(425)

on June 02, 2012
at 11:49 PM

Oh yeah, the migraine. I feel fantastic after a cheat until 2 days later... then it hits and takes 2 Relpax to kill.

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on February 13, 2015
at 06:10 AM

My thyroid starts swelling, I get fuzzy brained, chills, horrible nausea, bloating stomach, and stiffness in the back of my neck :( It is stinking horrible and it scares me. I don't think I'll be eating out anymore and I'll be telling everyone it is a severe- life a threatening allergy. That way family and friends won't poison me! Or maybe they will if they don't like me lol. Anyway, it really is poison to my body and my children. A paleo diet is the only way we can survive.

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on February 18, 2013
at 08:14 PM

I get itchy in my lungs/windpipe, followed by difficulty breathing and moderate dizziness. Then my face breaks out into a rash. Then my joints ache.

I don't get any gastro signs, so I'm not celiac. I'm a purely IgE type wheat allergy.

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A133c77ea1486ac8cbe87d18c84229a7

on February 18, 2013
at 07:57 PM

Yesterday was the 2nd time I unknowingly consumed gluten. I have not been dx as celiac, but rather have tried an elimination diet due to suspicions of a gluten sensitivity. I ate "rice" crackers & a couple of different cheeses. One was a sharp cheddar ball and the other was a goat cheese with cranberries and cinnamon. I read all of the ingredients and none stood out to me as a sneaky gluten component. Then 30 mins later the bloated belly I had banished 4 weeks prior returned with a vengance and began to yell at me. With the bloat came, well, gas. I felt gross for the first time in those 4 weeks. I knew I had been "glutened". I re-read the packages... Nothing on the cheddar cheese ball was suspect. The "rice" crackers themselves did not contain gluten, but in teeny-tiny lettering I read that it was "made on equipment that also handles wheat products". I could have slapped myself... The goat cheese also did not look suspect upon a second look, but it did contain rennet and an online site said to be weary of rennet if you are gluten sensitive or celiac. It's all so nuts. I had trouble sleeping and kept waking with an asthmatic cough and post nasal drip from the congestion that filled my sinuses. I also had a very distrubing dream. Today, my tummy doth protest too much. I'm drinking green tea, warm lemon water and I've eaten only whole foods including a homemade batch of chicken soup. I'm hoping I don't get the headache I fear will arrive tomorrow or the next day. Living with a gluten sensitivity, I'm learning that one can never be too viligant. And if in doubt, pass on it. The days or even weeks of healing are not worth it!!!! Best to all!

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on December 31, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I'm not sure I was "glutened" but something made me miserable. I've been low carb about a year and a half and Paleo as well for about a year. We traveled to see family and had a day of get togethers. At a diner I had about 5 or 6 sweet potato fries. Yes, they were crunchy, but I didn't think they were coated in flour. For dinner I had homemade brisket which was in a sauce that I know contained brown sugar, but not any grains. There was also some chicken braised in a fruity sauce, and a few gluten free crackers.

The next day was horrible. My entire body ached and I was naseaus. We were touring the Queen Mary in Long Beach (boy, that sounds pretentious, but it's a museaum!) and the day was cold and rainy. I felt miserable all day. The walking, up and down many flights of stairs, was painful. I felt like one does with a high fever, but no fever. I didn't feel better until late in the evening when I finally fell asleep under a warm blanket. Today was much better although I did have a visual migraine (right on schedule because there was orange juice in the chicken sauce) and the runs. NOT fun.

I am not celiac and never thought I was particularly gluten sensitive. I don't even know if there was any gluten, but it does put me off even a slight planned indulgence ever again!

I did have these episodes of "false fever" infrequently before going Paleo, and I always had some degree of the body aches I experienced yesterday UNTIL going Paleo. since I went Paleo I have never had that experience until now. I don't know if it felt worse because I'm so unused to it now, or because it was worse. In any case, I was very careful about what I ate today, while we were on our journey home. So good to be home to my own bed and my "normal" diet!

The counterpoint of yesterday was that I spent it with my 26 year old niece who has a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and intractible migraines. I watched her eat tons of sugary grains over the course of a few days. She is huge, and continues to try medication after medication to try to control her symptoms, with no relief. Meanwhile, her doctors have advised her to eat a vegetarian diet that she has translated to carbs, carbs, and more carbs cooked in unholy amounts of PUFA's because she's "intolerant" to meat (probably tested with CAFO's) and, of course, "saturated fats are bad for you". Sigh. . . . Incidentally, she also has a seizure disorder and her mother who eats the same way has high blood pressure and pre-diabetes, but it's "OK because I'm on statins and the doctor is "watching" my blood sugar."

If I had not eaten the meat served there would have been nothing else for me to eat (not a green veggie in sight) and since we were far from home I couldn't use my usual strategy of preparing and bringing food I CAN eat. I need to come up with a much better plan for visiting family!

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:06 AM

Sinus infections. I don't tend to have any reaction with small cross-contamination (haven't been screened for celiac yet, so I'm not making a big deal of it yet), but eating a serving of something that obviously has gluten in it will leave me with a respiratory infection within 48 hours. I also tend to get a little bit of an upset stomach, but not always. I also tend to feel uncomfortably full ridiculously fast when something has been tainted with gluten. But I also get that with lean pork...

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on December 30, 2012
at 07:40 PM

  1. Pretty much immediately (I'd say within 10 - 15 minutes) i start to get a headache and the mental fog comes on.
  2. Then within an hour, scaly patches start forming at my joints.
  3. Most of the time I get diarrhea, bloating and gas pretty quickly - sometimes in like 20 minutes, usually longer in the range of an hour or two - and severe heartburn/acid reflux that evening.
  4. Then within a few days, I end up with ear and sinus troubles, fatigue, muscle and joint pain etc.

Isn't it SUCH a picnic? Hard to believe I walked around feeling like this for years blaming it on all sorts of things and going on "whole grain diets" and eating wheatier, glutenier breads and what not. Oy vey...

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I made this mistake Christmas lunch. I was invited to have lunch with friends and EVERYTHING seemed to have wheat. It was either refuse most things and be extremely rude / unappreciative, or decide " it's only one day, it won't kill me" which I did.

By the time I got home I was bloated, vicious stomach upset etc etc. And the next day asthma was really bad, wouldnt respond to usual inhalers and I had to resort to prednisone pills.

Shan't make the polite mistake again!

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on December 31, 2012
at 05:19 AM

Christmas set me back a couple days too, your not the only one! Everything from eating a roll or two because that's what I've done every year before too make my plate so boring with just rice and ham to Aunt mary asking me to try her chocolate cookies.

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on December 30, 2012
at 12:53 PM

I am thrown into hell for 4 weeks! It slowly builds, starting with gas an hour after eating. I wake up choking b/c my throat is dry and swollen. I have lost my voice for days due to laryngitis, nasal passages swell on and off. Severe bone pain comes back, and it brings involuntary muscles spasms. My insides feel swollen and tender. I have the sensation of a pole through my abdomen. Severe brain fog, confusion. Stuttering back. Severe mood swings, very ragey. My body is racing, it feels like an out of body experience. Dizziness and clumsiness back. I drop everything, knock everything over. Can't sleep at night, up at least 5 x a nite, and can't get up in the morning. My psoriasis kicks into overdrive, my skin gets very sensitive and itchy resulting in lots of scratches and scabs on my arms. There is a mental disconnect as well. Cannot socialize, cannot handle groups or crowds. Anxiety attacks in stores. They finally put me on steriods. The first time I accidentally did it to myself, this time I ate at a restaurant with a great gf menu, in Boston. I'm still weaning off my steriods from the first time....I am a waste case!

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on November 29, 2012
at 08:21 AM

i get a headache within 20ish min or so... followed by the brain fog... then sore stomach...massive gas, then hours visiting 'ole loo... then insomnia, mouth sores, flemy throat, being really tired, anxiety....and on and on... lasts a couple of days, but i get better with in a week.... this really sux!

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Oh yeah, usually drink alcohol many times without a problem til that day scared the crap outta of me.

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on October 21, 2012
at 01:46 PM

My throat swollen in the very next day. Takes 2-4 hours. To go away. And eatting anything will caused me thorat swollen every day. Frustrating. Did not tell doc yet. Til I figure which is which to avoid. Cannot drink alcohol either immediate swollen nearly shut. Allergic to wheat and rye. I am thinking if its the same or not.

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on June 02, 2012
at 05:52 PM

Body aches the next day, like I have the flu. I don't usually get immediate symptoms.

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