Abandoning a gluten-free diet
July 27, 2014 8:04 AM Subscribe
A close relative is following a gluten-free diet. It's been two years and she feels the same as she did when she started. She's starting to think that maybe she's *not* gluten intolerant after all and got caught up in the hype. Have you or anyone close to you abandoned a GF diet? Did you/then wean back on or go all-in?
posted by kimberussell to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
She's in her mid-60s. She's had a bum stomach forever. Two years ago after her best friend went GF and the author of the "Wheat Belly" book made his doctor-show rounds, she went GF. Her doctor said, "yeah whatever do what you want" which irritated me. She went to see a GI doc who said, "well if the diet makes you feel better than that's fine to do." She has never been violently ill from eating gluten products.
She lives alone and is not adventurous. So she's not grilling steaks and roasting vegetables or experimenting with various flours to make things work. Blog recipe links and cookbooks have gone unread. Her diet is ridiculously limited, and if something doesn't say GF on it - even if it is natually GF - she won't eat it. As a result, she's eating a lot of processed foods with GF labeling.
She has the same bum stomach issues (burping, acidy, etc) and is still taking Nexium for acid reflux. She lost a little bit of weight, but wasn't overweight to begin with. As someone close to her who receives regular unsolicited updates on her digestive health (yay) I can tell you there has been no difference.
But most importantly, she's unhappy. She misses regular food and is now wondering if she was even gluten intolerant to begin with. She wants to try going back onto regular foods, but doesn't know how to try.
Finally, if you are gluten intolerant, this is not an assumption that gluten intolerance is not real. My relative was never tested and didn't experiment with a smaller elimination diet before jumping into a GF diet with both feet. My questions are merely: Did you or anyone you know recently leave a GF diet? If so, how did they go about it, and was there any ill effects?