Celiac Recovery, Am I doing it wrong?
March 6, 2009 12:50 PM Subscribe
Regarding celiac disease and the recovery process: I began a gluten-free diet 3 weeks ago. It's going good but not like I expected (more details inside). Anyone have advice on the healing process? Can anyone point me to helpful resources that explain what the healing process is like and how to best facilitate it?
posted by i_love_squirrels to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Since eliminating gluten from my diet, I've experienced some wonderful days recently. My painful, loose and smelly bowel movements that were with me for 3 years ended in three days. The color has come back to my pale face and I have had an increase in energy and a feeling of ease I haven't felt in decades.
I really believe I have finally found the reason I was always a skinny, cranky kid. Wherever I went, my nickname was Toothpick and people marveled at how much I could eat. Figuring this out really explains a lot.
However, several times since going gluten-free I have experienced upset stomachs and nausea in the evening. Twice the symptoms followed having some gluten-free cookies and brownies I made myself. So I stopped eating desserts because I figured I wasn't ready for that.
Instead I have been following a mostly paleo diet with minimal sweets, small amounts of dairy and one-serving of Bob's Mills Mighty Tasty GF hot cereal every morning. I mostly cook for myself or eat Trader's Joe's products with the gluten-free symbol. For take-out I only go to Baja Fresh, get naked burritos and don't eat the chips.
I feel best after eating the hot cereal and usually have a great morning and afternoon. But in the evening the nausea hits and sometimes I get gas, acid reflux and a general weak feeling.
Also, I had a round of canker sores that came and went and I have been getting foot cramps like I did in high school in college. I haven't had either in years but I used to get them constantly.
Is my body just healing? Or am I missing something key about the diet? I have googled this for hours and read every post on Mefi tagged gluten-free or celiac this past week and can't find anything very descriptive about the recovery process from celiac disease. Am I supposed to just feel great from now on or is it a bumpy road to recovery?