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How long to avoid something before adding it in for testing? [Jun. 27th, 2012|07:12 pm]
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I recently started to change my diet to lose weight. I realized after a couple of weeks that I had nearly cut out gluten in the process and had been feeling less tired. I decided to cut it out entirely (without medical advice) and found out how hard that can be. So I'd like to self-test by remaining gluten free for a period of time and then trying gluten again. However, I'm not sure how long I should stay gf before trying it again to see if it was just coincident, or if I really have a problem with it.

So, I thought this would be a good place to ask. It seems silly to stay gf if I don't need to be, but going to the doctor to get tested right now would be a royal pita. So, opinions on how long I should go before re-introducing gluten?

[User Picture]From: nessabutterfly
2012-06-27 11:22 pm (UTC)
I was told it takes a minimum of 3 weeks to get an allergen out of your system. To be extra sure, I would wait a month before testing it. Then you eat a large serving of the food, and if nothing happens, eat it again.

My symptoms were pretty obvious (full body hives) so it was easy to tell that I was still reacting to milk, but it might not be quite as clear for you. Try keeping a journal of how you feel every day while you're off gluten-- include a list of what you're eating each day. Then keep journaling as you add it back in. Having it written down might help make a subtle reaction stand out more.

Good luck! I had to go wheat free (wheat carb though, not the protein, which is what gluten is) for some serious digestive issues last year and it is HARD (of course, I was cutting out a LOT of other stuff as well).
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[User Picture]From: mooselover13
2012-06-27 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I food journal as part of my effort to change my diet, so I am able to go back and see what I was eating. I not significantly different feelings or exp there too. Though it's a little tough to be sure what the source of a problem is for me because I also have hypothyroid, a 2 year old who sometimes keeps me up throughout the night, and a husband with TBI who needs more care sometimes too.

I think I might have seen another posting somewhere that said 3 too, but your suggestion of 4 weeks probably isn't a bad one. Thanks.

I'm also trying to get both of my parents to get tested since they exp some possible symptoms of gluten allergy or celiac, because if they've got it it probably upsmy chance of having it too. (plus then I don't have to endure eye rolling from the rest of my family when I get "picky" about what I eat.)
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[User Picture]From: nessabutterfly
2012-06-27 11:40 pm (UTC)
sympathy is always nice. It took a long time for my family to understand the extent of my allergy-- and they watched me suffer with constant hives for over a month while we tried to figure it out. It's hard when someone is allergic to a food you love, but eventually, they learned how to make foods that were safe for me.

Going out to resteraunts on the other hand... that we always have trouble with!! (The only places I can eat without worry are asian resteraunts, but my FIL HATES asian food!!)
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[User Picture]From: mooselover13
2012-06-27 11:50 pm (UTC)
My symptoms so far have been so nebulous that my sister has so at pretty much just been humorist me and biting her tongue. My family isn't exactly up on the recent literature. But I have several freindswith celiac so it's been on my radar for a while. I just never thought
Of it about myself before now. Thank goodness my husband is giving me full support.
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[User Picture]From: yume_no_tenshi
2012-06-27 11:30 pm (UTC)
I know this is specifically a food allergy com, but if you are reacting to gluten, it might be a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, or it could be a true allergy. As someone with CD, it took me about 6 weeks without gluten before all my symptoms went away. From my own personal experience, I would recommend 6 - 8 weeks without gluten before introducing it back in to see if that was what caused issues. Of course, if you don't think you can go that long (it can be an expensive diet) then I would say no less than a month.
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[User Picture]From: mooselover13
2012-06-27 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I don't really think it's celiac because I don't have any GI symptoms at all. Though I fit a lot of the "pre-conditions" or signs that I see listed online.

I think that I can manage 4 weeks okay, but it's hard for me to pack for work etc with this diet, and often I end up skipping eating because there isn't anything handy. While that might help a bit with losing weight, and might not, it's not such a good way to go about taking care of my body. I don't think I'd make it 8 weeks without giving up. But if I find that I do have an allergy or celiac it'll make it easier for me to commit to the change, and ditch the bulk of the gluten from our house.
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[User Picture]From: his_praiser
2012-06-28 11:19 am (UTC)
The doctors(all of my life) never diagnoist me with food allergies...but i was ALWAYS sooo sick. Finally when i was 17yr i did a fast for 2wks did nothing but water. Then slowerly introduced different foods, whatever i got sick on or reacted to is what i stopped eating. I said that to say...If you feel bettter, it don't hurt to stop eating or narrow your intakem and i don't think you need to get tested. We know our bodies better then anybody. :)

Also i am gluten sensitive...i just lower the intake best i can......(i found out by going to a food naturalist...she did what was called a voice analyst)

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[User Picture]From: mooselover13
2012-06-28 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's good to have support. This is pretty close to what my BFF who has celiac said to me, so it's good to hear it from others too. In fact it's why I felt empowered enough to test myself this way instead of having to get a doctor to do it.
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