Allergy? Sensitivity? Intolerance?

A recent conversation with a friend was cause for me to begin doing some research and this is what I found.

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
  • Gastrointestinal problems 
  • Aching joints
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Head aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability and behavioural changes
  • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
  • Cramps, tingling and numbness
  • Slow infant and child growth
  • Decline in dental health
  • Muscle weakness
  • Canker sores

These are some of the symptoms one may experience when suffering from a gluten allergy, sensitivity or intolerance. 

This information has been a real eye-opener for me because I suffer/have suffered from several of the symptoms listed above.  In addition, Lili and Naomi also have some of these symptoms.

Yes, I understand that having ‘some’ of the symptoms listed doesn’t necessarily mean any of us are suffering from a problem with gluten.  However, some dietary changes over several months would certainly help us confirm or rule out gluten as the culprit.  So, armed with some new-found knowledge and some very good sounding recipes I am moving forward with my plan to create a gluten-free environment for my family.

To my bloggy friends who have already discovered the health benefits of gluten-free living and would like to share your experiences, guidance and/or recipes with me, please do.  I don’t pretend to go into this thinking that eating gluten for this many years and suddenly giving it up is going to be an easy change to make, but I do think it’s necessary to try to live gluten-free and see if any of us have some positive health changes as a result. 

Wish me luck!

One thought on “Allergy? Sensitivity? Intolerance?

  1. Hi

    My gal (almost 5) has been gf since we brought her home from Ethiopia in March of 2007 (ok, there were a few months of oats before we realized what was going on, but you get the idea…) and I joined the party more than 2 years ago. Going GF did zip for my migraines, but my IBS? Resolved–and so are lots of other issues. A 2 month gf challenge made it abundantly clear that gluten was horrible for me, I imagine a similar window should illuminate things for you too, although you have to be really careful to make sure you aren’t getting hidden gluten–in a marinade for meat, listed as ‘modified food starch’ etc.
    Some tips:
    I love the blog, ‘a year of slow cooking.’ Everything she makes is gf. There are lots of other amazing gf blogs out there, but this one makes easy stuff that seems familiar.
    Also, Rudi’s makes the best gf sandwich bread, in our opinion. We also love the gf waffles from Trader Joe’s. During my first months of gf life, I avoided most substitutes for gluten foods, and instead ate lots of stuff that is naturally gf.

    Feel free to get in touch with any questions, and good luck!

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