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Have you eliminated gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley and rye) from your diet?


No, wheat and barley are healthy for me, especially in their whole-grain forms
36% (970 votes)
Yes, eliminating gluten products makes me feel better
33% (883 votes)
Yes, I have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance and told by my doctor not to eat foods that contain gluten
27% (727 votes)
Other; I'll explain in the comments
4% (113 votes)
Total votes: 2693
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Anonymous wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

With celiac there is no

With celiac there is no alternative! After 5 years of eating gluten-free I am a new person. I don't know, however, that eliminating gluten is a healthy thing to do if you don't have celiac or a gluten allergy....

Anonymous wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

I have fibromyalgia - my

I have fibromyalgia - my husband cut an article out for me over a year ago which talked about the relation of pain to gluten. When I originally saw it I was not ready to change my eating habits but a year later I did. I am amazed at how much better I feel my pain level has dropped considerably, it's worth having to adjust to a gluten free diet. It's really not that hard and the benefit truly out weighs any foods that i might be missing.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

I have been GF for two weeks

I have been GF for two weeks at the suggestion of my naturopath, under the direction of a nutritionist. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and also have Endometriosis, both of which lead to IBS. Since cutting gluten I have more energy, I feel less hungry during the day, and my stomach feels great. My fibromyalgia symptoms all but disappeared overnight. Best of all, I have lost four pounds in two weeks without any change in my exercise routine - these are four pounds of the ten that I have been STRUGGLING to take off for more than a year. I have not tried any GF "substitutes" (GF breads, cereals, etc) and am instead choosing to focus on "whole foods" without gluten (beans, veggies, fruit, rice). I ate very healthy before going GF but I am a BIG fan of bread so that could have something to do with the weight loss - fewer calories and less water weight. I would encourage anybody considering gluten elimination to TRY IT! It's not as hard as it seems and it could make a huge impact on your quality of life.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 38 weeks ago

I being told I have RA But

I being told I have RA But the medicine give more pain and the foods also gime pain I told my Dr and his answer was don`t eat tha slowly I being taking food away as I go my worst is that I am not home all the time can`t cook all the time, I eat a lot fruits vejetables but still get some pain in my hands. but the more I avoid gluten the better will be for my pain.

-Anonymous

Anonymous wrote 2 years 46 weeks ago

I went all grain free last

I went all grain free last year, not just gluten, and found all my intestinal troubles went away within a day. After a few days my dry skin/eczema was gone, I slept better, had less stress (even though I was following a diet!) and have more energy. I find going grain free is easier than gluten free, because I just don't even look at bread-stuffs anymore. I can eat a few bites of oatmeal or cookies, or whatever, but if I eat more I get all bloated and gassy. That stuff can't be good for you. I can handle some white rice fine, but I don't eat it often.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 51 weeks ago

Naturopath doc advised gluten

Naturopath doc advised gluten free diet for my Hasimotos. My Endrocronologist had no suggestions on lifestyle/diet.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 days ago

Yes it can cause mood swings

Yes it can cause mood swings and irrability.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I have been diagnosed as

I have been diagnosed as having Celiac disease after complaining to doctor for over four years. I have had to go gluten free to be free of the horrible symptoms. I have had anaphalactic shock through accidentally being given gluten while I was out to dinner. I do not like being different from other people and they often think I am just being difficult about food. I am afraid I have been given gluten deliberately to see if I ''react'' or if I make it up. I was so ill I had to be taken home that night.

I also have Hashimoto's thyroiditis which is linked with celiac disease as they are both auto immune disorders. Because I cook my husband is also eating gluten free now, and says he feels less bloated and gassy than he did when eating it. I bake my own bread and cakes and if visitors come I put them out on a plate so we all eat the same and I cannot get glutened by mistake.

Both Celiac disease and Hashimotos are lifelong problems, but I can cope with them. I follow a healthy diet which is gluten free....you don't need to make tons of cookies or cakes to be gluten free...you can concentrate on meat and fish, eggs and cheese, veggies and fruit....all of which are naturally gluten free.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

I have suffered with IBS

I have suffered with IBS constantly for about four years now. I went to see a nutritionist who told me to avoid milk for a while, i did for six months and found that my symptoms were less severe for a while. I stopped eating gluten over a month ago and almost straight away the gas, bloating and diarhoer went away! Apart from one evening when i slipped up and immediately had an upset stomach! I also noticed i am breathing so much better after a lifetime of asthma i no longer need my inhaler. Im hoping that my acne might clear up soon too as i hear both are connected.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I have Hashimoto's Disease

I have Hashimoto's Disease and told to follow a Glueten free diet. Just getting info

Anonymous wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

My 5 yr old daughter was

My 5 yr old daughter was diagnised with non celiacs gluten intolerance. We were told we may have othr children with this or celiacs and so chose to go GF. As the haed cook, it is easier to make just one meal we can all share. Also, I have thyroid problems and we have a family history of diabetes, both of which can be related to celiacs. I feel so much better and my thyroid is healing! No more meds for me, yay!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I think there are still a lot

I think there are still a lot of people that don't know they have issues with gluten. I'm 61 and just found out two years ago, I wish I had know earlier!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I eliminated all sugar from

I eliminated all sugar from my diet first, then all gluten products, followed by all dairy products. I am now the BIGGEST supporter of a gluten/sugar/dairy free diet. I am able to but prefer not to eat these items WOW...first the brain fog went away, then the bloating went away and finally any sinus issues I was having went away.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Gluten turned out to be a

Gluten turned out to be a trigger for migrains for me.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I've cut out much of the

I've cut out much of the gluten, but do eat cracked wheat or spelt. This was on the advice of my acupuncturist. No wheat, dairy or sugar because of allergies.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

One member of our family has

One member of our family has been diagnosed celiac and must avoid gluten completely. This is made harder when people think you are just following a food fad. The rest of the family still consumes wheat, but are eating less gluten and more other whole grains and flours. We would love to see more great recipes and nutritional advice concerning a healthy celiec diet.
-Anonymous

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Seif diagnosed even after the

Seif diagnosed even after the doctor stated the blood test came back negative for gluten intolerance. By going gluten free, I have felt 10 times better both mentally and physically. Additionally, I have eliminated all dairy products from my diet. I found this to be harder than gluten. What is difficult now is to be gluten-free and healthy. Meaning getting over 'I deserve to eat these GF chocolate muffins or CC cookies...' and lots of them instead of realizing, hey, I wouldn't eat that amount before going GF, why now? I would like to see a regular feature in a national magazine about GF eating and living. You'd be amazed how many people just don't realize they would be better off GF.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have been thinking of

I have been thinking of eating gluten free. I will try eating that and see if it helps me feel better. I have MS and exercise is an issue, so I thought trying a new way of eating might be the ticket! Even though it seems like so much "work" I'll see how it goes.

 
k213dm wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

After reading the article and

After reading the article and all the comments, I'm going to talk to my doctor about getting tested for gluten antibodies. I have Irritable Bowel and get the diareah part of it, usually for one day, never more than two. But I also have fibromyalgia and and have been told alot of people with fibro have IB. My problem is I have to watch my weight -- I'm too thin. 5'6" and 102 now, after having a 111 glucose reading and "watching" my carb and sugar intake for a month and losing 6 pounds. I've always been thin as is the whole family, very much so also on my Dad's side. I don't think there's one person on either side of the family who's morbidly obese, and few would be considered chubby and I'm talking about 75 people, at least.

I need the vitamins eating wheat provides (I already take a supplement) so I don't want to do something that's going to make me lose more weight. In fact, after losing those 6 pounds, my doctor told me to go home and eat anything I wanted because gaining weight back is so hard for me to do. It's been three months and I'm still at 102, thankful I haven't lost more.

I know nothing about dieting except I'm sensitive to chemicals so I avoid artifical coloring, flavorings and preservatives. My allergist said: Read the labels. If you can't pronouce it, don't eat it.

I think I'll continue to research this issue until my appointment in a couple of weeks. It sounds like a number of ailments are helped with the elimination of gluten. I have osteoarthritus and migraine headaches, too. If all I had to do was eat gluten free to get rid of the fibro, arthritus and migraines and gain weight, I'd gladly go without everything that's considered a luxury -- like cable TV. I might even get hips! LOL At the least, I'll find out I don't need to eat gluten free, but have learned tons of new stuff along the way. It's a win-win no matter how it turns out.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I believe wheat to be a

I believe wheat to be a common allergen, and I'm sure the gluten has something to do with it. Whenever I eat grains containing gluten, I become very tired. I've noticed that I have much more energy now that I have eliminated gluten from my diet.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have no problems digesting

I have no problems digesting gluten, and love it! I love all whole grains in all of their forms, and even make my own seitan (wheat gluten protein) from time to time. Yum!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I don't believe you can go

I don't believe you can go wrong eating natural foods unless, of course, you have an intolerance problem.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

For people with celiac

For people with celiac disease it is vital to avoid gluten; for the rest of us consuming these foods in their whole grain forms provides vitamins, minerals and fiber. We have to remember not to overdo the portions, but avoiding them altogether should only be for people with a diagnosis.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have eliminated bread from

I have eliminated bread from my diet but still enjoy Pitta Bread toast which has no yeast. This has made all the difference, less tired, don't fall asleep watching TV and less bloating. Many people who think they have a gluten problem actually have a yeast problem.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

And another thing... NIH

And another thing... NIH estimates 1 in 133 Americans have CELIAC. Far more have an intolerance. People die of this disease. Don't make hem feel like they should avoid being trendy or ignore their instincts when they suspect a gluten issue.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I've tried some of the gluten

I've tried some of the gluten free foods that are available; they are pretty good. I've tried quinoa (really good and easy to make in the microwave), tried brown rice (didn't like as much), tried GF breakfast cereals (not bad), haven't tried everything yet.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

My daughter was diagnosed

My daughter was diagnosed with chrons disease. We found by making her food gluten free, she has eliminated many of her severe symptoms. I am also a director of a large emergency department. Patients coming in symptomatic from celiac and chrons, I have advised them of trying gluten free. Several came back and reported the majority of their severe symptoms have subsided.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I love eating whole grains,

I love eating whole grains, but I am having problems with them. Have tried the gluten free and have made some wonderful foods, which I will continue to use. I do feel a lot better when not eating gluten, so in the end my have to go gluten free, although it is harder and expensive.

 
donna.leissner wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

My dad was diagnosed gluten

My dad was diagnosed gluten intolerant - the stage just before full blown Celiac Disease. It was making him very sick. And my eldest daughter has discovered eating anything with gluten makes her ill and have digestion issues. Doctors seem to think there may be a hereditary link and since my parents will be moving in with us next year, I have been practicing and learning to go gluten free most of the time.

 
shanolap wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I am taking the advice of my

I am taking the advice of my personal trainer that gluten quickly turns to insulin in the body and burns before fat. Also gluten makes the body bloat, especially in the stomach. After 3 weeks of a gluten free diet I noticed a dress size decrease in my waist. After a 3 day weekend of indulging on wheat, that decrease was gone.

 
andersonjk wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

I know that it is unhealthy

I know that it is unhealthy but can't afford to shop gluten free.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

There is a difference between

There is a difference between eating low carb and gluten-free. I wonder if some folks are missing that distinction. Gluten-free does not mean low-carb. Low carb (or at least counting carbs) may be a way of life for diabetics in addition to folks wanting to lose weight. To complicate things, there are folks with diabetes and/or celiac disease, but not everyone. I can't see jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon for its own sake just because it is in town.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 14 weeks ago

My husband has an allergy to

My husband has an allergy to wheat and cannot eat it at all. He has gone into anaphalactic shock so naturally we cook to avoid any wheat.

 
ingridmg wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

As far as I can tell I can

As far as I can tell I can digest wheat and gluten just fine. However, lately I've been reading that humans are better off when they do not eat wheat so I am trying to phase it out and see if I feel any different.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I think maybe "gluten free"

I think maybe "gluten free" is the latest diet craze. When I was young it was the "low fat" diets. Then later it became "low carb" diets. Most recently I've noticed that fasting (Hollywood lemonade diet, cabbage soup diet) has really become popular.

Up next? Gluten free diets. It'll take no time at all before big food manufacturers are mass producing "gluten free" foods, and restaurants will have a special little symbol on their menus to indicate gluten free fare.

Celiac disease and gluten allergies are a serious problem for those who suffer from them. However, the vast majority of people don't carry these conditions any more than people with peanut allergies. If you feel better by cutting out products made from gluten containing ingredients, it could be that you were eating junk food in the first place such as industrially produced white bread, commercial breakfast cereals, commercial pastas, and any convenience/prepared items.

There are a lot of healthy nutrients such as b complex vitamins and fiber in organic whole grains. It is a shame to eliminate such an abundant food source in the name of a diet fad.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I avoid most gluten products

I avoid most gluten products because they seem to make my skin VERY itchy!
I do eat some regular cookies, but that is the extend of it. I seem to have very poor circulation. It took two years to heal an ankle ulcer. No, I do not have a sugar intolerance.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I try not to eat gluten, but

I try not to eat gluten, but good bread has always been my downfall. I have arthritis that the doctors say is "severe," but I'm almost pain-free when I'm not eating gluten. When I slip up and go on a gluten binge -- usually my kids bringing home a big pizza will start it -- I really suffer.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I had NO symptoms, until I

I had NO symptoms, until I was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Testing revealed GLUTEN ANTIBODIES, as well as "leaky gut" (nutrients escape and are poorly absorbed). I was told to avoid gluten. People who have gluten antibodies, but not celiac, are often missed by regular doctors. Integrative health practitioners can test for gluten antibodies. Also, I heard that wheat is genetically modified to INCREASE gluten (to make it less digestible to insects). Another reason to avoid flour products or buy organic, which SAVES money on health costs.

swbear737 wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I am allergic to wheat and

I am allergic to wheat and rye (as well as others) and as of yet not barley so gluten free is an easy way to avoid those foods.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

When I eliminated wheat from

When I eliminated wheat from my diet 15 years ago, it was a desperate attempt to feel less fatigue in the evening. After two days without wheat, I had more energy in the evening. After a week, I noticed that my appetite had normalized and I had lost a pound without trying. This continued for 20 weeks, until I'd lost the extra weight I didn't need. I was also surprised to see that my rosacea cleared up. It's not that hard to give up wheat, there are plenty of substitute products out there.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

I have cut down on eating

I have cut down on eating gluten foods. I have heard that you should go gluten free. I thought I'd cut down & see how I feel and then maybe go gluten free-if I feel much better gluten free I will stay free, if no difference, I may add it back in.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 15 weeks ago

Many folks have cited losing

Many folks have cited losing weigh once they went Gluten free. Does anybody know the explanation behind this? My experience with those with Celiac is that they are able to gain weight once they go GF. Thanks for your insight!! Patty

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Within a year of going on a

Within a year of going on a gluten-free diet I lost 60 pounds; my aches, pains and many other symptoms disappeared, including a sleep disorder.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

My daughter has celiac

My daughter has celiac disease. I have suffered from constipation for years. I have had a colonoscopy, Endoscopy both were negative for celiac. However on a GF diet I feel I have more energy, although the constipation still continues.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I identified my wheat

I identified my wheat intolerance in my early 60s. Not celiac, but on looking back I realize this has been a life-long problem. Gets worse with stress. I have eliminated wheat and lead a happy normal life again! I HIGHLY recommend a cook book called "You Won't Believe it's Gluten Free" for all the excellent pastry recipes, breads, muffins, brownies, pancakes, etc. A lot of the flours are becoming more available, and I find it is well worth it to have something to indulge in once in a while. Also Trader Joe's has pretty good gluten free waffles, frozen tamales, etc. I hope Eating Well will continue to post recipes for us 'alternative flour' folks.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Does anyone know if Gluten

Does anyone know if Gluten issues also affect your hormones in your body in regards to mood swings, etc??

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I really appreciate that so

I really appreciate that so many Eating Well recipes are either gluten-free or can be easily adapted to be GF.

Thanks

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I have psoriasis with nail

I have psoriasis with nail changes and psoriatic arthritis. I have been gluten free and added sugar free for 2 weeks. Starting Sept 1 I will be on a strict gluten-free vegan diet, with the addition of fish. Should be an adventure! I stopped eating red meat 29 years ago, poultry 12 years ago. No alcohol, nothing artificial. That will be hard. I've committed to a 6 month trial. I've already lost 20 pounds since last year, and added exercise to my life, so I can walk without limping. I hope to lose another 20 pounds, and get back to my marriage weight. 15 would take me to post-baby. We'll have to see how it goes.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

Every time I consume wheat

Every time I consume wheat products (and sometimes other grains, too), my stomach is in an absolute UPROAR! When I get back on the Phase 1 South Beach - which eliminates the above - things settle down quickly in my digestive system. Hmm...if grains are so healthy for me, why does my system REVOLT when I consume them. Inquiring minds probably already know. Doesn't help that most commercial grains in North America have been genetically modified.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

I have "mostly" eliminated

I have "mostly" eliminated them and feel great! I say mostly because I have a "sensitivity" and not a true allergy, which I am finding true of many people.I only have it on those occasions when I am stuck in a situation say at a unplanned trip to a restaurant with friends. Then I consume it in small amounts.
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