A few months ago I was still suffering from occasional celiac symptoms. I still felt as though I was being glutened on occasion. Nothing too obvious and not too often but it was happening from time to time and I was feeling like crap any time it did. I had brain fog coming and going, often for weeks at a time, and lingering gastro symptoms. More recently though all of these nasty things seem to have left me alone. I don’t want to tempt fate by saying that everything is great and it’s always going to be from now on but over the past few months I’ve felt really good, really healthy and really free from gluten! I decided to write this post to share with you some of the things I have actively done, diet wise, which have made these lingering things go away, hopefully forever!
In the last few months I’ve felt better than ever. My brain fog is gone. I no longer have suspect toilet visits in the morning and I no longer have as many aches and pains, headaches or random body twitches. A few months ago when some of my symptoms where still lingering from time to time I actively decided to cut anything out which I wasn’t 100% sure about, gluten wise. Even if I was 99.9% sure it was out. I often wondered if lingering symptoms could be the result of some other type of allergy/intolerance but I had to rule out the fact that I was still being cross contaminated even to the smallest extent. I feel SO much better so I thought I’d share incase you are still getting symptoms and you think it could be gluten/cross contamination related. Without gluten free labelling legislation here in the US choosing safe products is a real challenge but these are a few things I’ve cut out which have made a huge difference.
- I stopped eating anything canned/tinned
- I stopped eating tomato paste (I make my own fresh pasta/pizza sauce now)
- I eat as much Farmer’s Market produce as I can. Much grocery store produce (particularly in the US) is made on shared equipment with wheat.
- I only eat seeds and nuts I know are safe from cross contamination
- I only eat nut butters which are gluten free certified or where gluten testing has been performed. I don’t use Whole Foods ‘no gluten ingredients’ nut butters as I’ve had reactions in the past.
- I only eat snacks (candy/chips/chocolate/crackers) which are gluten free certified or made in a gluten free facility
- I don’t eat anything based on ingredients alone – I used to eat a Thai curry paste for example which consisted of only vegetables and spices but I couldn’t be sure where it was processed so it’s out!
- I only eat out at a few restaurants that I completely trust (unless I’m travelling)
- I don’t buy any Trader Joes ‘No gluten ingredients’ products
- 99% of what I eat is either fresh, produced in a gluten free facility or Certified gluten free
- I stopped using Listerine – I currently don’t use any mouthwash as I’m not sure what’s safe yet
- I checked with the manufacturer that my toothpaste is gluten free and free from cross contamination and haven’t changed it since. I use Colgate Cavity Protection.
- I don’t drink tea at coffee shops anymore – some tea contains gluten
- I only use spices which are certified gluten free
- I changed my daily multi-vitamins to ones I have confirmed to be safe. I now take Nature Made
- I keep away from any hand creams which could be gluten containing
- I don’t really wear make-up but if I did I would make sure anything I put on my lips was 100% gluten free
If you are still getting recurring symptoms could any of these things be the culprit? In my experience canned goods, nut butters, nuts and seeds, multi-vitamins, spices, toothpaste and mouthwash are just a few of the things which could be cross contaminated and in turn stopping you from healing completely. So many products, particularly in the States, are made on shared equipment or in the same factory as gluten and these products could easily be keeping you from feeling 100%.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this topic! And yes, my husband was a genie in a past life hence his ability to jump so amazingly high!