Kris Carr

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What Does Gluten Intolerance Feel Like? 13 Symptoms to Watch Out For

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Hiya Gorgeous,

You probably know at least one person who’s gone gluten-free. They may have been diagnosed with celiac disease or self-reported gluten intolerance. Perhaps they just feel healthier, think more clearly, and have better digestion without gluten on their plate.

Maybe you’ve even removed it from your diet (or at least thought about it!). Regardless, you can’t turn around in a grocery store or browse most restaurant menus without seeing the gluten-free label.

Despite the incidence of celiac disease remaining flat, the number of people following a gluten-free diet has more than tripled since 2009 (reference). Among those eating gluten-free, 72% are classified as “PWAGs” (people without celiac who avoid gluten).

Why are so many people going gluten-free if they don’t have celiac disease? Well, there are several ways gluten can wreak havoc on your health.

We’ll cover 13 of the most common symptoms of gluten intolerance so you can start figuring out whether or not a gluten-free diet could be for you. Then we’re gonna break down the differences between celiac disease, wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, and gluten sensitivity.

The 13 Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance

So if you don’t have celiac disease—and you’re not allergic to wheat but you still feel crappy after eating—how can you tell whether or not gluten is the culprit? Because there are no tests for gluten sensitivity or intolerance, it’s not always easy!

But if you pay close attention to how you feel when you eat foods that contain gluten vs. foods that don’t, you may notice a pattern.

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Start by watching out for these common signs of gluten intolerance:

#1: Upset Stomach, Bloating, Heartburn, and “Celiac Burping”

People with gluten intolerance or sensitivity are often very burpy and bloated, get heartburn, and feel stomach pain or discomfort after eating. They may feel like food is stuck and isn’t digesting properly, and may even have productive burps (aka regurgitation) soon after eating.

Do you feel like a Pepto Bismol commercial yet?

#2: Diarrhea, Constipation, and Abdominal Pain

Folks who are sensitive to gluten might experience digestive symptoms such as frequent diarrhea or constipation (or both!) after consuming it. These symptoms are very similar to those experienced by people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

People who have especially sensitive digestive systems often experience increased intestinal permeability when they eat gluten. This means that harmful bacteria and toxins pass through the intestinal lining into the rest of the body (you may have heard this referred to as leaky gut syndrome).

People with leaky gut often eliminate gluten to help heal the lining of their intestinal tract (study). Healing a leaky gut also often involves avoiding yeast, dairy, sugar and alcohol, managing stress, and eating a nutrient-dense diet.


#3: Arm and Leg Numbness

Arm and leg numbness—referred to in the medical field as neuropathy—can be a surprising symptom of gluten intolerance. This is also commonly seen in people who are diabetic or have B12 deficiencies.

#4: Iron-Deficiency Anemia

Did you know that iron deficiency anemia is the most common nutrient deficiency? Approximately 10 million people in the United States are deficient in iron (source). People who have an iron deficiency have symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, headaches, and overall weakness.

#5: Skin Reactions

Gluten intolerant individuals can also struggle with skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and atopic dermatitis. Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin condition characterized by blistering and most commonly associated with celiac disease.

#6: Fatigue

Another common symptom of gluten-sensitive individuals is fatigue, a feeling of persistent tiredness that impacts daily functioning. However, this can be related to numerous other autoimmune diseases as well.

#7: Migraines

Do you get headaches or migraines frequently without a clear cause? Migraines are yet another symptom that can overlap with other disorders.

#8: Autoimmune Disorders

Unfortunately, research has found that having one autoimmune disorder can make you prone to other autoimmune diseases (source). People with celiac disease are also commonly diagnosed with autoimmune liver diseases, autoimmune thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and even type I diabetes. Conversely, people with autoimmune thyroid disorders makes celiac disease more likely.

#9: Stunted Growth in Kids

One of the major health concerns is seen in children who have a gluten allergy. Celiac disease leads to poor nutrient absorption, which can cause unintentional weight loss and a failure to thrive. If you notice any symptoms of gluten intolerance in a child, seek professional medical help immediately!

#10: Weight Loss

If you experience unintended weight loss, it can be a sign of poor nutrient absorption. If it’s accompanied by other digestive issues, consider getting tested for a gluten allergy.

#11: Brain Fog/Mental Fatigue

Brain fog is characterized by an inability to focus, sluggish thinking, forgetfulness, confusion, and memory issues.

#12: Emotional and Depressive Disorders (Depression and Anxiety)

The way gluten intolerance can worsen anxiety and depression is connected to its impact on the gut microbiome. Research has shown that gluten intolerance can destroy beneficial bacteria in the gut and wreak havoc on the digestive system, in turn impacting your mood.

#13: Joint and muscle pain

Feeling a little bit of pain everywhere? People who are gluten sensitive often experience widespread pain. These symptoms should diminish for sensitive guys and gals after going gluten-free for a few days.

Whether you’re dealing with any of the above symptoms or not, if you’re ready to start feeling better, use our handy wellness tracker to get back on track!

What is Gluten?

Now that we’ve established common symptoms to keep an eye out for, let’s backtrack and take a deeper dive into other need-to-know terminology.

Gluten, Latin for “glue,” is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, triticale, malt, brewer’s yeast, wheat starch, and wheat derivatives like wheat berries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, and farina.

What is Gluten Intolerance (Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity)?

Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is also commonly referred to as gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. If you have a gluten intolerance, you’ll feel digestive discomfort after you eat gluten or wheat because you’re sensitive to the stuff. You’ll also exhibit some of the same symptoms.

There are no medical tests for non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and the complications aren’t yet fully understood. The majority of people who avoid gluten fall into this category.

The major difference between someone who has a gluten sensitivity and someone who is gluten intolerant is in the severity of the symptoms. It may take someone who is gluten intolerant several weeks to feel relief from symptoms once they remove gluten from their diets.

However, people with gluten sensitivity may see improvements almost immediately.

Both gluten sensitivity and intolerance aren’t well defined by the medical community. Eliminating gluten and documenting the results is the only “test” available. Researchers are currently trying to determine if gluten exposure for those with sensitivity or intolerance can lead to any long-term complications like damage to the intestinal tract or issues resulting from inflammation.

What Causes Gluten Intolerance?

No one knows what causes celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Research is ongoing to determine a genetic component and look at environmental factors.

What’s the Difference between Gluten Intolerance and a Wheat Allergy?

A wheat allergy is a disorder in which the immune system treats gluten proteins in wheat as foreign invaders and releases antibodies to defend against them. Reactions range from anaphylaxis (when your throat swells up and you can’t breathe—EpiPen needed!) to asthma when wheat is consumed. Other common symptoms include.

  • Chronic urticaria (skin rashes like hives)
  • Digestive issues (stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
  • Nasal congestion (more commonly associated with baker’s asthma)

Docs usually use skin prick tests to diagnose wheat allergies, which involve pricking wheat extracts into the skin’s surface (usually on the forearm) and observing the reaction. Blood tests looking for wheat-specific antibodies are also an option.

Although gluten is in all wheat products, people with wheat allergies can consume wheat-free foods that contain gluten (such as barley, rye, malt, and some oats). Like celiac disease, wheat allergy is a serious condition that requires strict avoidance of wheat-containing foods.

How is Gluten Intolerance Diagnosed?

If you think you or your child have undiagnosed celiac disease, you can schedule an appointment with a specialist. Doctors test for celiac disease by doing a blood panel that checks for celiac antibodies the body produces when it detects gluten.

Because of this, it’s important for people being tested for celiac disease to continue consuming gluten during the testing period. When the blood panel finds celiac antibodies, the physician often recommends doing a biopsy of the small intestine to confirm the diagnosis.

Those with celiac disease must strictly avoid all gluten to live symptom-free. Celiac is not technically a food allergy, but it’s often referred to as such to emphasize how important it is for celiac disease patients to steer clear of gluten.

However, if you are not diagnosed with Celiac Disease, there is no diagnostic test to determine if you gave a gluten intolerance or sensitivity at this time.

How is a Gluten Intolerance Different from Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease and the most severe form of gluten intolerance. People who have it have adverse reactions when they consume gluten. Their bodies create antibodies that destroy villi, which are finger-like projections in the small intestine that assist with nutrient absorption, damaging the digestive tract.

People with celiac disease experience inflammation after eating gluten, which can lead to abdominal pain and the significant digestive discomfort commonly associated with someone who is gluten intolerant. They also struggle with nutritional deficiencies.

Celiac disease is often genetic and can run in families. If you or a loved one has symptoms—or experiences a risk factor such as diabetes—get tested.

How to Treat a Gluten Intolerance

If you’re regularly experiencing any of the widespread symptoms listed above—and have not been diagnosed with celiac disease—try eliminating gluten from your diet for at least 3 weeks. You should start feeling better within the first week.

Once you’ve cut gluten from your diet for at least 3 weeks, slowly integrate it back into your life and evaluate how you feel after 3 days. If everything else in your diet has stayed the same, you should get a pretty clear feeling as to whether or not gluten is the trigger.

One thing to keep in mind: New research indicates that common upper and lower GI gluten sensitivity symptoms could also be connected to a group of poorly digested carbohydrates called FODMAPs (fermentable oligo-, di-, monosaccharides, and polyols) such as fruits, certain veggies, wheat, rye, barley, beans, lentils and some nuts (study).

If giving up gluten doesn’t help improve your digestive symptoms, you may want to consider working with an integrative nutritionist to eliminate FODMAPs temporarily to help your system heal.

Ready to Reduce Gluten in Your Diet?

If you decide to try a gluten-free diet—don’t skimp on whole grains—but do avoid eating foods containing gluten. Rely on gluten-free whole grains like millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and teff.

Also, avoid the overly processed gluten-free snack foods and desserts. They’re often packed with added sugars, preservatives, and other inflammatory ingredients. Check out this blog post to learn more about the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet, and tips for doing it the healthy way.

This is about finding a diet that works for you, not anyone else! I encourage you to be your own health detective. Do your research, and work with integrative docs and practitioners who take a holistic approach to your well-being. If some light bulbs went off while reading this, I hope you’ll dig deeper and seek out guidance and testing, if needed. Your exploration will bring you greater well-being.

Your turn: Have you overcome health challenges with gluten or do you have questions I could cover in another blog? Share your experiences, questions, and resources in the comments so that we can swap tips and insights!

Peace & exploration,

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  1. Mary Goril says:

    I have been trying to figure out why after I eat for hours I feel like my food never digested and have a hard time lying in bed. I believe your article has put me on the right track and now I need to learn what has gluten and what doesn’t. The clincher was I made spaghetti sauce last night that was fantastic. Had very little pasta and tons of sauce because it was so yummy. Slept like a baby. Never hard that full feeling. Any help on figuring what to eat and not would be appreciated. Thanks again for the article. Game changer for me. I hope!????

  2. I believe that avoiding packaged foods could be the first step for you to lose weight. They will often taste beneficial, but prepared foods currently have very little vitamins and minerals, making you take in more in order to have enough vitality to get over the day. Should you be constantly consuming these foods, converting to cereals and other complex carbohydrates will let you have more vitality while feeding on less. Great blog post.

  3. Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the good spirit.

  4. Elaine Pacan says:

    Hi This is in reference to the lady wanting to know about eczema, Dairy! I would have eczema since high school and when I gave up the dairy it disappeared it also causes psoriasis! And the gluten has an issue with the psoriasis too. I would get psoriasis in an area all the time it would flare up whenever I had a certain cookie within minutes it would be so painful. And I looked at the Ingredients there was no dairy in it but there was wheat.

  5. Elaine Pacan says:

    Hi! I have been dealing with a gluten and dairy issue since high school and I am a 57-year-old woman! As usual the doctor say it’s all in your head but I have been studying this all these years trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Over the years I have deduced that gluten and/or dairy,( I always eat the two together so has been difficult to figure out which is which causing the symptoms) Causes me within 20 minutes to a half an hour after eating to go into a almost coma like state. I fight to keep my eyes open and stay awake. I could never drive very far because of this but now I’ve stopped driving if I eat any I only do it at home. I found gluten also causes me not to be able to sleep well. I would get nightmares, toss and turn my brain would never shut off! Seventeen years I went through this before I realized what it was! Sleeping pills never worked nothing I functioned on roughly 2 to 3 hours of sleep a day raising five kids and working two full-time jobs. I also found it created immense joint pain where I could barely walk some days. It caused stomach bloat to the point where I looked pregnant, my face looks swollen all the time and puffy. I would get various skin rashes for no reason, itchy dry eyes, I started to get skin tags but realized that was sugar intake. When I would cut the sugar back for a day or two they would completely disappear. Dairy would cause itchy ears, fluid in my ears, vertigo, itchy eyes, Watery eyes and loose bowels and leaky bladder. I had iron deficiency and malabsorption of nutrients. I stopped dairy and gluten for three weeks and all of this disappeared! The relief was amazing being able to sleep through the night for eight hours and not toss and turn and fall asleep in the same position! That has been the best part! I still do not know which form I have as I’ve been tested for coeliac three times and it came back inconclusive every time and I’ve had allergy test and it says I’m not allergic to anything but it’s a day-to-day process that I know I cannot ingest! My worry is it causing brain damage? For something to cause you to pass out from ingestion, It has to be doing some kind of damage. Also for both it feels like I’m being boiled from the inside out then it gets so hot within minutes of eating either one of them I actually thought I was going through menopause for years when it was actually the dairy and gluten! I wouldn’t be sweating I just thought I was melting I was so hot and I would turn red. I hope this helps somebody!

  6. Nahal says:

    Oats contain Avenin that some people may have sensitivity to. Some celiac patients include oats (gluten-free oat, meaning oats treated in special facilities to exclude cross contamination by other gluten containing seeds, i.e wheat, spelt..), in their diet. However celiacs and non celiacs alike, may also have sensitivity to the avenin in oats… so if someone is doing an elimination diet but isn’t feeling the effects, oat must also be excluded and checked. Of course consulting a doctor if nothing has improved!

  7. HL says:

    Hi all 🙂 Have started going GF for 2 weeks and was responding about 10 days into the diet, but subsequently had a relapse of symptoms (mainly dizziness and headaches) for the past 2 days… Am wondering if anyone has experienced a similar trend? Understand that it takes awhile for response sometimes but was disheartened by the sudden relapse when everything seemed to be going exceedingly well. Would love to hear from you! Many thanks 🙂

  8. R3 Stem Cell says:

    Thank you for this thorough post on Gluten Sensitivity symptoms and there are more chances of Celiac disease, so diagnosis from an expert would be a right decision.

  9. Laura Maloney says:

    When i eat gluten . it makes me burn from the inside out.. Ans mouth burning. I Take benadryl but that takes 2 DAYS for it to Go Away. .

  10. Elisabeth Townsend says:

    Not sure how old this post is because there are no dates but I have a few comments. My daughter 28 has celiac and was recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. She has been completely gluten free for about 6 years.
    My other daughter 26 has a condition called interstitial cystitis (IC). She has been gluten free for about a month or so. She has found that gluten flares up her IC which is a bladder condition which causes extreme pain. I am 49 and have fibromyalgia and anxiety/depression. I have found that I am gluten sensitive or intolerant not sure which. I am not exclusively gluten free but should be. I always thought my brain fog was due to my fibromyalgia and a condition known as fibromyalgia fog. As soon as I stopped eating it I had my brain clear up. It was easier to find my words. When I slip up 1-2 days in a row, the fog returns. I would t say it effects my depression or pain levels although it does effect my energy levels.
    One thing that is interesting is with the amount of people suddenly gluten intolerant I have been looking for a reason. I have seen possible links to Roundup weed killer. I have bought imported flour to test this theory but my gluten consumption has been horrible lately so haven’t been able to test. I suggest reading up on the number of people that can eat imported flours and the roundup connection

  11. Paula says:

    There are many other foods to consider if you are showing signs of an intolerance. I have a severe intolerance to soy. If I have one tablespoon of soy sauce, I am sick for 2 weeks with nonstop shaking, dizziness, uncontrollable anxiety, stomach pain and general feeling that I am going to die any second. Also the symptoms take two days to start. My doctors told me for years it was anxiety. I haven’t felt this good in 10 years. Make a very detailed food log and try a few variations of elimination diets to find out what is causing your “undiagnosable” illness.

  12. Annamarie Ryan says:

    Hi Kris . I’m hoping you can tell me . For 52 years I am unable to eat anything that contains eggs or flour. Although I can eat wheat and barley without a problem. My symptoms are :; vomiting, diarrhea , dizziness, bloated and light headed. It will last for at least 12 hours . The only foods that I can eat is vegetable, meat , and fruit . Please help .

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Annmarie. This is Jennifer from Team Crazy Sexy. I am so sorry you are going through this, it sounds like some food sensitivity testing might be helpful. Be sure to work with your trusted healthcare provider as it could be a few different things. In addition, a food diary might be great to keep track of what specifically is affecting you. I hope you find what helps soon, Annmarie. Take care of your beautiful self.

  13. Great article! Thank you for the simple explanations. When I was a vegan I ate gluten food and had some symptoms I was burpy and bloated. I thought that the reason for it was gluten…And it was right. Now I’m a raw vegan and I don’t consume gluten at all. I feel better and don’t have any problems with my health.

  14. Sonia says:

    Thanks for the detailed healthy tips. I had severe stomach pain after eating pizza anywhere. I am facing this issue a year.
    This pains stays along 3 weeks after I ate pizza and also facing constipation ,leg and shoulder pain.

  15. Your style is so unique compared to many other people. Thank you for publishing when you have the opportunity,Guess I will just make this bookmarked.2

  16. Les says:

    Thank you for this. I am particularly interested in reading more about Fodmaps as this immediately resonated.
    Another thing I wondered if you could clarify for me is the puzzling information I’ve read about the need to soak nuts before eaten. Is this necessary if they are cooked for example.
    Wishing you a happy day. ?

  17. Amanda says:

    Thanks Kris,
    Great informative piece. My gluten free path began 18 years ago brought on by vanity on my part. A very underplayed symptom of gluten sensitivity is skin problems which you mentioned in your post. After going from dermatologist to dermatologist and being told I had I had rosacea and given topical antibiotics, one suggested a rosacea trigger elimination diet which I followed to the letter. What I realized after a few weeks was my symptoms disappeared but it wasn’t the trigger foods, the main one being cheese, but what accompanied them in this case breads, crackers, pizza crust, pasta etc. at the same time I meet a few people who told me they couldn’t eat flour i.e. gluten and after speaking with them learned their symptoms rang true to me. I had never connected all the other symptoms I had been experiencing together with the skin breakouts. So I tried going gluten free or what I thought was gluten free then and the stricter I was with it the better I felt. It’s been a long slow process of discovering just what contains gluten. By now it’s sooo much easier with much more careful labeling. As inconvenient as it might sound to folks that are experiencing any symptoms that may be related to consumption of gluten I say GIVE IT A TRY!!! You can’t be wishy-washy with it though, it’s got to be a commitment to stop completely and you will reap the benefits ten fold. And I totally second your advice about not opting for the gluten free versions of gluten foods. Go as whole food plant based as possible. Best pasta out there is 100% lentil! Thanks again for all you do Kris!

  18. Gina says:

    Hello Kris,

    Thank you for the informative post. I read recently that the issue with gluten in our food source developed over the last 50 years. Not only from the over-processing and removing the “good stuff,” but because big-ag modified wheat from the long wheat shafts of the old days that took longer to grow and held less gluten, to a shorter wheat shaft for faster growth/faster crops that also produce higher levels of gluten. At the gluten levels we have now plus so much processed grains it’s no wonder we (US) is having these problems (according to this functional doctor’s article). My understanding is that gluten products from other countries that have banned GMOs and pesticides that also accelerate growth aren’t having the gluten-intolerance levels we do here.

    Have you heard anything about this? It seems frustrating that something else in our food supply that was so healthy for millennia is now unable to be eaten by so many.

    Thank you!

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi Gina! This is Jennifer from Team Crazy Sexy. We’re glad you liked Kris’s post! 🙂 Someone else brought up a similar point and got the following response from Jen, our Nutritional Director. Jen said, “The GMO food topic is a very interesting one and something that researchers are looking into, especially with the rise in food allergies and auto-immune diseases. However, wheat is actually not genetically modified — at least not the wheat that’s available commercially. However, GMO corn and soy may be cause for concern with digestive and other health issues, which is why we always emphasize non-GMO organic corn and soy foods. It’s preferable for the environment and our health to always choose organic foods as well. I suspect there will be lots of new research coming out in the not-too-distant future on GMOs, so we will keep our ears and eyes out and keep you posted! Hope that helps! xo – Jen”

  19. Bev Gunn says:

    I decided to go gluten free after discovering that I always felt worse after eating something made with flour. Since then, my stomach problems have decreased significantly and my bloating is gone! Not celiac and don’t want to be!

  20. What a great post!
    I tried gluten free before but it didn’t work. After reading this, I think that I should go for it again though.
    My Aunt would break out when she ate gluten. I’ve heard stories over the years but don’t break out so never thought it was an issue for me.
    Do you know if these allergies, etc. may get worse as a person ages? I ask because, as I’ve aged, I’ve noticed skin rashes off and on. My hands and feet also tend to feel funny at times. I’m vegan and did notice a difference in my skin when I cut out dairy and went gluten-free for a while. I guess that should have told me but I’m going to go off and on as a test again. 🙂 Anyway, thanks!

    • Jen Reilly, RD says:

      Hi Angela! I’m the nutrition director here with Kris so I’ll chime in. Things can certainly build up in your body over time although sensitivities can both increase or decrease as you age. You can certainly try to eliminate gluten again and see if the rashes diminish. You may also want to consider supplementing with Omega-3 fats (flax, chia, etc.) as they can make a big difference in the hydration of your skin and the health of your skin in general. In fact, check out our skin health blog here for more info:

      Hope that helps! xo – Jen

  21. Carol says:

    Thanks Kris for clarifying the differences.

    While I note symptoms of insensitivity to gluten with wheat products in the USA, I wonder why I can eat bread and pasta in Europe and be symptom free? Is the something about GMO products?

    • Jen Reilly, RD says:

      Hi Carol! I’ve heard similar stories over and over! Wheat is actually not genetically modified here in the US, so it’s a bit of a mystery. It could be related to pesticides, processing or additives, or simply the fact that you’re less stressed while eating bread in Europe! 🙂 Let us know if you see any big discrepancies as you compare ingredients in the different ingredient lists. We’d like to solve this mystery too! – Jen (Nutrition Director at

  22. Michelle says:

    I went gluten free, felt more energy and generally better. I also lost 20 pounds! I didn’t even try. I was tested for celiac but was not..I rarely now eat gluten and feel healthier!

  23. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for addressing this issue! I was diagnosed with celiac 6 years ago after having symptoms for 5 years. I was so grateful for the diagnosis, which cleared up so many symptoms (stomach pain / cramps, digestion troubles, joint pain). I haven’t ever had gluten since. For a few years, that was all I needed to feel good, and then new symptoms came up (a contact rash if I touched gluten, and other symptoms that I haven’t figured out). It’s a process. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to learn from others and find ways to heal. It gets a little exhausting to always work on health, but it’s far better than the alternative. Sending everyone peace and hopes for healing!

    One “product” that’s been a treat for me is a monthly subscription to SouperGirl. Their soups are made in a GF facility. Their delicious summer gazpacho has just come into season. My husband “doesn’t like gazpacho” but he loves theirs. The soup that makes my body feel best isn’t fancy but really really makes me feel good, the Lentils and Greens. With celiac, I never eat out to avoid cross-contamination. It’s a lovely treat to have delicious, plant-based, oil-free soups (often made with organic and/or local ingredients) delivered. I don’t work with or know the folks at SouperGirl personally. I’m sharing just because it’s so nice to have some healthy, delicious, TLC!

    Wishing everyone the best on this health journey! 🙂

    • kris says:

      Thanks for sharing your story, Elizabeth. So glad to hear you’ve found what works for you. I’ll check out SouperGirl! xo!

  24. Jan Stricos says:

    I have Chronic Migraines and Gluten sensitivity. Is this the cause of my migraines? I have been Vegetarian for over twenty years. Maybe I should follow the Low FODMAP Diet. Please help me Kris!!

    • Jen Reilly, RD says:

      Hi Jan! I’m the nutrition director here with Kris so I’ll jump in. Migraines are complicated. If you’re not finding relief with gluten avoidance, you may want to try and skip fermented foods and also FODMAPs for a period of 3-4 weeks. Alcohol, caffeine, tyramine-rich foods, sleep (or lack of), hormonal cycles, stress and weather can all be to blame too. If you’ve never worked with an integrative doc to resolve your migraines, you may want to consider it. Hope you find some relief soon! xo – Jen

  25. Barbara Allington says:

    Your advice is good … to a point. You fail to stress the importance of organic and non-GMO. I’ve read a great deal of research pointing to the toxins in conventionally grown and processed wheat, as well as the lack of research supporting safety of GMOs, as potential reasons many have issues with wheat.

    • Jen Reilly, RD says:

      Hi Barbara! I’m the nutrition director here at Crazy Sexy Wellness so I’ll chime in for Kris. The GMO food topic is a very interesting one and something that researchers are looking into, especially with the rise in food allergies and auto-immune diseases. However, wheat is actually not genetically modified — at least not the wheat that’s available commercially. However, GMO corn and soy may be cause for concern with digestive and other health issues, which is why we always emphasize non-GMO organic corn and soy foods. It’s preferable for the environment and our health to always choose organic foods as well. I suspect there will be lots of new research coming out in the not-too-distant future on GMOs, so we will keep our ears and eyes out and keep you posted! Hope that helps! xo – Jen

  26. Ellen McFarlain says:

    Rash!! I had a red rash (not redhead)

  27. Ellen McFarlain says:

    I don’t eat pizza regularly, but had a few slices the other night at dinner. By the time I went to bed my calves and feet had a red redhead on them and itched like crazy! I can eat just about anything, but I’m wondering if I have a gluten sensitivity because of what happened after I ate the pizza (and the crust)!! Any advice?

  28. Delta says:

    Wheat causes inflammation anyway.. I wouldn’t recommend anyone eat it, especially whole wheat. It’s not the same wheat our grandparents ate.

    This is a good article nonetheless.

  29. Muzammil says:

    I don’t know if i am gluten allergic or not but whenever i eat slice bread i just don’t feel good. I think slice has great amount of gluten.So i have a question should i quit eating it?

  30. F. Weiss says:

    I’ve been having terrible GI symptoms while on the gluten challenge, as my doctor recommended. Haven’t been so sick since I eliminated gluten from my diet. Blood work was done today & regardless of the results…… more gluten for me!

  31. zammie says:

    After I eat wheat products..(I quit today, for good!)…I get so congested that I feel like I need to go to the hospital for a breathing treatment. It fades away an hour or two later, like nothing happened. I’ve been stymied by this reaction for a very long time, in addition to my sinuses hurting, and my fact feeling swollen. I also get indigestion, but have you heard from others about getting congestion and trouble breathing? thanks

    • Jen Reilly, RD says:

      Hi Zammie! I’m the nutrition director here at, so I’ll chime in. Because gluten is inflammatory, it’s entirely possible to feel congested the same way dairy products make some folks feel mucousy and phlemmy after consuming them. It doesn’t sound like your reaction is life-threatening, but certainly annoying! The only way to really test this would be to avoid gluten and wheat completely for 3 weeks and then add ONE serving back in and see how you feel. Keep a log and see if you feel congested any other time throughout those 3 weeks while avoiding gluten. Hope you get some confirmation, and luckily, if it is indeed gluten or wheat causing you issues, there are so many wonderfully healthy gluten-free grains out there! – xo Jen

  32. huda says:

    Too much

  33. James says:

    I used to just grab a couple packs of ramen when I was hungry, cause they fill you up and a quick, ended up with chronic diarrhea. I’d eat normally for dinner most days but always knocked out the void with ramen through the day. It was a time thing. I went on vacation and during the vacation I cooked normally for all meals, ate at regular restaurants and didn’t have any junk food. After that one week of no ramen no McDonald’s no junk food. My chronic diarrhea went away. My energy went back to normal my sleeping habits even leveled off. As soon as I went back to work and my time became more reserved again added the ramen just to fill up quick. Within days the chronic diarrhea came back. I stopped the ramen as soon as I noticed this. And low and behold the diarrhea went away again. So yes dropping glutten from your diet can significantly improve your overall health.

  34. Rosemary Draayer says:

    I just had blood work done and was told I am sensitive to wheat and cows milk. What foods do I need to avoid?

  35. John says:

    Thanks for this article Kris, I have had autoimmune issues for years , psoriasis really badly arthritis, then last year I went to the dr with weight loss anyhow it turned out I was hyperthyroid , I didn’t feel unwell just skinny ! Been on meds and ok now or so I thought , anyhow I had a pasta meal out with friends and next morning I couldn’t move my skinny belly looked like a mountain and the pressure on my bladder made me pee all day long I felt awful ! So I researched over and over and decided to cut the wheat – I felt shocking for a week after cutting it out flu like symptoms headache further bloating but a week on I was on top of the world ! My this stuff is toxic I will never digest it again I’m so conscious and read every label now , just makes me wonder how many years I’ve gone feeling “just ok” or awful” not knowing it’s that damn stuff – thanks again John

  36. Ginger says:

    Very informative.

    I first intestinal flare ups after we’re after a red glass of wine. Up to then no alcohol issues and drinking was infrequent but I was fine. Then after eating eggs and whole wheat bread nauseated
    and needing to vomit.

    I do not experience burping belching or much gas either.

    But I never had any eating issues but I now avoid onions too.

    If this is as bad as it gets I should probably consider me generally healthy.

  37. Charlene Dionne says:

    Hi, I’m Charlene,
    when I eat Gluten I feel bloated, My lower Stomach feels like sharp stabbing pain My fingers and hands Itch Have to go bathroom and more. I never new where. We have a Doctor here in Nursing Home I tolled her my symptoms and she said try Gluten Free. I got aces and pain but that goes with my Muscular Dystrophy. I also got type 2 diabetes Acid reflex and should not have cheese.

  38. Melanie says:

    You may have just saved my pain!

  39. Deenieangel Woller says:

    My decision to try a gluten free diet is fairly recent, I made the decision without any professional input. I didn’t go completely GF, straight away it was quite an adjustment for me once I discovered the difference in how I felt on a gluten free diet vs gluten full diet so I jumped between gluten and non gluten foods(which was a bad idea) because I found the more I did that the harder it was for my body to adjust. Iv figured out that I can have gluten containing foods so long as its in moderation. If I go overboard, I get “can’t get out of bed, cant move’ type sick for atleast 2-3 days. My stomach cramps literally making it impossible for me to walk, my body aches, my head pounds, and i get really bad waves of nausea, and my body switches between severe diarrhea or severe constipation, either way though my bowl always feels uncomfortably full! Iv had tests done, that came back fine, I’ve had doctors tell me I’m just being silly, and made me feel like I’m imagining my symptoms. I don’t think its anything like cealic or IBS but I’m sure its a sensitivity or allergy to wheat or gluten. Its been quite the journey and I’m still learning what ‘moderation’ means to my body and like today, many days, or weeks are spent on the couch sick and trying to figure out what set me off. I don’t bother with the doctors anymore.

  40. Jamie says:

    I definitely have these sythoms. When I eat gluten. I also read that when you go gluten free you increase the chance for heart disease is this true?

  41. Michelle says:

    Since i am new to this what breakfast dish can you recommend that i can eat? And how about juicing. I also have Acid Reflux so this is so hard. I need help with a few morni g lunch and dinner dishes please.

    • Jamie says:

      I have bad acid reflux also! I usually have a cup of milk with a gf bagel and cream cheese. Or gf cereal. They also have pancakes that’s gf and eggs and bacon and sausage links.

  42. Michelle says:

    Thank You so much i think i am discovering this is my issue.

  43. Victoria says:

    I’ve been eating gluten when I was little, then when I came home one day from school, I had a headache and I was feeling pain in my stomach. When I was “diagnosed” with a gluten intolerance, I still kept eating gluten behind my parents backs. While that thought I was off gluten completely, I was still eating gluten and I felt no pain. I told my parents, and now they don’t know how to react. How do I know if I’m gluten free or not?

  44. Joanne says:

    I started isagenix nov 1, 2016 by nov 15th after just 2 weeks I had incredible pain relief. I did not loose weight but I did feel 98% better. I had what I thought was for 15yrs, fibromyalgia as well as bad knees with arthritis and planters faciitus and the pain was near a ten every day and I was in tears every night. Every time I eat a price of bread I have random pains all over my body again. Especially in my hands and forearms. As well as pulses of phantom pains in my feet.

  45. Jim Brandenburg says:

    Kris, Been studying health for over 6 years now and have to say that between my health Guru (Mark Duval-Whole In The Wall Herb Shop, Woodland Park, CO), Chris Zaino’s Abundant Life Chiropractic, your blog, and Dr. Lane Sebring’s Digestive Freedom, I believe my wife and I (both in our mid 70s) will overcome most, if not all, the health issues that are with us today. We have been on a Paleo Nutrition Plan (hate the word diet) for over a year now, made a few mistakes (gluten for one), but have seen really great results. So many that just mention a couple here. Body fat down from 22% to 12% for me and 38% to 29% for my wife and associated weight losses (35 pounds for me 6’5” and now 178 and 20 pounds for my wife 5’4″ and now 114). We believe we are both on the right path to really great health for anyone any age. Thanks for being part of all this.

  46. Sam says:

    You are forgetting skin! I suffered from acne (or so the derm told me) for 15 years (now 32) and I finally have figured it out myself. It’s gluten! I could never have imagined my life with out pizza or pasta (the non GF kind) – but since I’ve stopped consuming wheat/gluten – my skin has cleared, I have so much more energy, clear head, no bloating, slimmer tummy…. I truly cannot imagine going back. Only good things! ????

    • Jen Reilly, RD says:

      Hi Sam! Thank you for sharing your experience! Skin issues are less common with gluten sensitivity, and more commonly associated with celiac disease. So glad you realized the culprit to your acne and have been able to adjust your diet to help prevent it from returning! xo – Jen (Nutrition Director at

  47. Belinda says:

    After ate I felt sleepy,tired and weak. ive felt that way after eating sweets,and over eating. But today when I ate felt sleepy, tired and weak and never felt that way,when I ate that before. I did tak3 a nap,but after that i still felt sleepy,tired,weak and nauseated. Anyways some say it’s diabetes, or stress. I don’t know. I am under alot of stress, work,business,kids,husband, school,deadlines. So I don’t know. Any help?

  48. Kerry says:

    I’m a little baffled by my symptoms if I have weetabix or a pizza I instantly feel sick, headache, stomach crap, bloated and extremely sick.
    Yet I can eat a sauce with wheat in an I takes 2 days to effect me.
    Can anyone tell me why this is please.
    Surely wheat is wheat

    • Jamie says:

      The sause probably doesn’t have wheat. It probably says may contain wheat. Meaning it was processed on equipment that wheat was processed on

  49. Tina Martinez says:

    I wanted to say, I went gluten-free on doctor’s recommendation to try it for 30 days, its been 8 days and tonight in the middle of writing a monster paper for physiology I reached for some candy without checking the contents, within half hour my stomach is bloated like crazy and I feel awful, I literally ate one handful. Is it really possible gluten can do this so fast??? And as a side-note both my SO and I noticed within 72 hours of going gf that my stomach looked flatter, crazy!

  50. Vickie says:

    A friend suggested I try going gluten free and see if I would get some relief with the problems I am having. I’ve been trying to read up on this and came across your article. Every symptom I have you have listed as a gluten sensitivity. I’m giving up gluten starting today! I’m hoping I will feel better for sure. I’m so tired and feel bad all of the time, even when I get out of bed in the morning. There is hope for me! So glad I found your article.

  51. Casey says:

    These symtoms descrbe me in almost every way. I only found out i was gluten free a month ago 6 weeks in i have lost 5kg, have more energy, no longer expelling by regurtitation or diorhea after food did find out that there was a family history. I originally didnt believe in gluten free thinking it was just a fad until i notice there was a connection with gluten in my doet and me being sick. If you have every test under the sun like i did trying to find out why i was spending hours on the loo try going gluten free i am much happier now im not using it to lose weight im doing iit because i kept throwing up on processed foods including meat. I am still getting use to going gluten free im making home made sauces and when im out i always pick a gluten free option

  52. kelly says:

    I have always gotten nauseous after eating gluten just never had a name for it! I was diagnosed with a off the charts gluten sensitivity. But now at 29 I’ve been gf for two years and now I’m coming off anxiety medication. I believe the gluten was part of the emotional turmoil and I actually feel good WITH NO MEDS! GF worked for me!

  53. I had the gluten test and was found to have a gluten problem so went gluten free about five weeks ago, since then I have developed what can only be called a feeling of arthritis over much of my body. Could this be the effect of going gluten free?. If so how long might it last?. Over some years I did have what the GP said was likely IBS which ended around four years ago when I had a twisted bowel operation.
    Brian Longhurst.

  54. Dianne Dawson says:

    Hi, I’ve started Gluten Free/Dairy Free 3 week ago (7/10/16) for many reasons ( I do not have celiac disease). I think I might have a gluten sensitivity. I feel bloated after meals, sometimes still wake in the morning with stomach feeling distended. I’m in my early 50’s very active, fit & teach fitness classes. I have moderate arthritis in my knees, & inflammation. I’ve been enjoying my transistion to GF, feel better, lost a few pounds. My question is I’ve had diarrhea, lose or very soft stool for the full 3 weeks. I think I’m cleansing gluten & toxins from my body as I go often, sometimes twice a day. What are your thoughts, is this normal as you transition to gluten free. I’m committed to staying gluten free but would love for my digestion to normalize.

  55. Heather says:

    I’ve been trying to be gluten free for a yr I cheat every so often. But my question is i had lumps every were but most have gone all away but not all and I’ve never heard of anyone else getting them. There like cyst but the go away and return in different spots some times

  56. Marcy Gonzales says:

    Hi , I have Hashimoto thyroidism and I am in the process of trying to go gluten-free not easy at all for me. Can you give me tips on meal plan and places to shop as well as restaurant fast food places that have gluten-free foods. Thank you

    • Sam says:

      Rice, quinoa, GF pasta and pizza, EVERYTHING else should be fresh (veggie and meat if your eat it). If your don’t eat processed things, you won’t have to “read the labels”. Make it a lifestyle change ?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, realizing I couldn’t eat gluten has changed my lifestyle, but so worth it. It was thought I had celiac, but negative results. However, gluten challenge (eating lots of gluten) made me very ill (think projectile vomiting) and giving it up changed my life. So, taking the chance of eating it is not even an option! Sounds like a terrible idea. The biggest adjustment has been eating out and figuring out how to eat on the run. Things that have helped me is constantly preparing food at home and taking with me everywhere. And, when I’m running low on that, go to a grocery store that has good organic/alternative food section and pick up some snacks or tv dinners that have the Certified Gluten Free stamp. You will not feel good if you only eat these things for more than a day or two in a row (learned from experience haha), but it helps so much when I run out of food I’ve prepared. As for eating out — ok, Chipotle does an awesome job at preparing gluten-free and other allergen-free foods. You can get anything except for the flour tortilla. But, you need to tell them you have a gluten or wheat allergy (I just say that b/c people don’t always know what celiac or NCGS are). They will change their gloves. Don’t get any toppings they have to get with their hands like lettuce or cheese unless they have a dedicated bin for that in which they haven’t dipped hands that have touched flour. Also, Red Robin actually has a gluten-free menu and a dedicated fryer, etc., for that. Also, non-chain sit-down restaurants will, especially nice ones, will often have the knowledge and skills to prepare gluten-free without cross-contamination. Call, research online, etc. Definitely ask them when you get there and explain you have an allergy (again, people don’t always know about celiac, etc.). You pretty much can’t eat anything fried at fast food chains because they fry french fries, etc., in same vat as where they fry breaded items. Also, anything prepared can be cross-contaminated. Good luck!

  57. Liina says:

    I recently got tested for Celiac, wheat and all those protein allergies, having my health it was very plausible, that I’d have at least one of them. But all came back negative so I thought that why not eat a healthy whole wheat sandwich. Not even an hour passed before I had to run to the bathroom having immense stomach pains and diarrhea. My doctor, who is also my mum, now thinks that my whole intestine track might be so inflamed that it rejects all foods, even thought it doesn’t, just wheat and barley and things, and wants to put me on anti inflammatory meds. I’ve asked her to consult with a specialist and do some research before she makes me take anything else, I on the other hand am still going to keep my hands off gluten.

  58. mary jo says:

    I have been on a type of medication (methodone)for 20 years and when I stopped itthats when I developed. A gluten sensitiviy.I believe the stress triggered it.

  59. Michele says:

    Do you think there is also a connection between the uptick of cases of intolerance & Celiacs & GMO wheat? I find if I eat organic wheat products I don’t have much digestive issue but if I eat out & they don’t use organic wheat in their recipes all heck breaks loose. Thoughts?

  60. Lois Clements says:

    HI Kris
    I have gluten sensitivity…skin allergy. I’ve been gf fir two years. But cheat a little if going out to eat…I take Dapson so I won’t break out in blisters.. But I’m really having constipation problems.. Any advise to help this?

  61. VIVIEN ATTRELL says:

    My husband has coeliac.He had to have a blood test to prove it.He now has to be on a gluten free diet for the rest of his life.Coeliac is a disease.

  62. Sherrie Johnson says:

    I’ve been gluten free for more than four months now… I felt great at first, but now, it seems like almost everything I eat causes the symptoms I had from eating gluten…I’m at a loss….I’m about to the point of giving up food all together, but I know I cannot survive in doing so…I have daily bouts of diarrhea, no matter what I eat…. I have cut out soft drinks AND milk, too, but still issues… SCREAM!!!!!

    • Amanda says:

      The frequent diarrhea may point to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), which often overlaps in symptoms with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Also, it is possible to have a version of IBS where gluten is one of the main triggers, causing a lot of the same symptoms as NCGS, especially intestinal symptoms. Alternatively, if you have NCGS, there is more hidden gluten than often realized. I most likely have NCGS myself, gave up gluten 10 weeks ago, and changed my life. However, definitely had some accidental glutenations. I had to get to the point where I’m cooking all my food with whole foods, and any processed food has the Certified Gluten Free stamp on it, or I’ve called the company to verify it’s processed in a facility that is gluten free. Even order my spices from Spicely (cert. GF). Now my body is healing. Also, importantly, NCGS patients tend to need probiotics of some sort. I recently read a paper that prescribed probiotics in addition to a GF diet for NCGS, but didn’t specifically prescribe that for other disorders. NCGS patients are often lactose sensitive/intolerant, and you may go through a period where there are just certain foods you can’t eat until your body has adjusted – for me, dairy, tomatoes, citrus, broccoli, chocolate (sad). For you, it does sound more closely aligned to IBS, but if not, just keep a close eye on what is bothering you. Eating so little processed foods has made that a LOT easier on me, so hopefully you can find some answers this way, as well. It is really hard, but gets easier, and I’m not perfect at it. But, decreasing it helps a ton with narrowing down to things the specific things you may need to eliminate until your body is healed.

    • Gregg says:

      I agree Sherrie.

      Take care…

  63. Erin says:

    I have been GF For 8 months. I agree with everything in this article except the fact that you start to feel great after elimination. The first few days you may feel pretty crappy, headaches, thirst, sugar cravings…..they will go away by week 2. But it’s notsuch a happy road. At least that wasn’t my experience. I am happy tone gluten free, I feel 1,000 percent better over the last few months. I think this was one of the articles I read when I was thinking of becoming GF. I had been having stomach issues for years, but never took gluten into consideration. I cut out Dairy…fried anything was awful on my poor tummy. So now that I’m GF I have been able to go back to some dairy. Cheese doesn’t bother me any more….I wouldn’t say that I would drink a glass of milk or eat an ice cream cone, but lots of cheeses I can tolerate again. It’s a process….don’t get down on yourself… You will feel better in a few weeks and then months and it will get easier. I would kill for a piece of bread right now, but the pain really isn’t worth it. 🙂 just my 2 cents! Thanks

    • Dan Benjamin says:

      Thanks for your response. I have had anxiety/mental-related issues for 4 years and some really bad stomach issues for the past 1.5 years that I could never get to the bottom of. After doing a lot of reading I have a lot of the symptoms that line up with gluten/wheat sensitivity. So I decided to go completely gluten free 2 days ago, however, I have been feeling pretty terrible since yesterday… small appetite but always hungry and thirsty, even waking up in the middle of the night from it, and little bit of bloating as well. So stories like yours are a good encourement especially during this beginning phase.

      • Amanda says:

        Yes, it took about 5-6 days of feeling bleh before suddenly feeling great. And it continues to improve week by week. It may be up to two weeks before you feel better. But, it is worth it. If feeling terrible, analyze what you are eating and see if 1) any gluten contamination possible? most processed foods are cross-contaminated with gluten due to being processed in facilities processing gluten, 2) getting enough water?, 3) anything you can eat/drink to balance out this decrease in gluten? for example, maybe you are getting less carbs now – try rice, potatoes, quinoa and fruit to help balance it out.

      • Paula says:

        If the gluten free elimination diet didn’t work, there are many other major food allergens to rule out. Soy (literally in everything if you eat out), dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat, seafood are the top offenders. I did an elimination of all for 3 weeks, and when I added them in one at a time I had severe reactions to milk and soy. Now that I am milk and soy free for a few months, I haven’t felt this good in 10 years. My ANXIETY DISAPPEARED. Of course if I have accidental ingestion, all the symptoms come back with a vengeance for 2 weeks just after one tablespoon of soy sauce.

  64. Kim says:

    I’m not sure if I’m wheat or gluten sensitive. I am wondering if one is wheat sensitive or gluten sensitive are they also barley sensitive? Also, oats seem to bother me greatly. Is there gluten in oats? Is the elimination diet effective in determining this!

    • Jamie says:

      Wheat, rye and barley are in the gluten family. Its all gluten. And oats usually say may contain wheat meaning it’s processed on some equipment as wheat. They have gf oats.

  65. I notice a big improvement in my digestive system since I start gluten free diet much better at the bathroom.

  66. DANIEL says:


  67. Kevin Gates says:

    One must understand that before treating an allergy, it has to be well understood what allergy one is actually suffering from. This fact also falls true for gluten allergy. Checking out all possible sources bothering to one with gluten allergy is must. Seeking suitable gluten allergy treatment will therefore be the best way out!

  68. Lin skater says:

    Thanks for the article has helped me make sense of what’s going on with my body, I’ve tried numerous diets and clubs, slimming world, weight watchers, other calorie controlled diets In the Lead up to my wedding, with no results, last week as a desperate measure I cut out all bread, rice, pasta Etc
    And lost a staggering 6..5 lb in a week. Over the weekend I reintroduced bread and wheat and have spent the night with cramps bloating and diorrhoea.
    I think this article may have answered my questions

  69. Dr.R.S.Rajpurohit says:

    Hi sir , my child is gluten allergic. And her symptoms is only dry cough.Last two years she is suffering from it.she is five years old. So my Question is …is dry cough is a symptom of cealic pasent or not? And what can I do for her better and cure that cough problem. Reply.

  70. Paula Braden says:

    I have noticed a little full feeling & slight depression after having eaten ww flour tortilla, with almond butter & jelly. I avoid bread. However, I have made my own sour dough bread w/ flax seed & no yeast, letting rise over 2 days without any side effects, I don’t think.

  71. Dennis Potvin says:

    I have had digestive problems and anxiety for years and years . I always thought I had a lactose / dairy sensitivity because I’d eat eggs and my stomach was tore up for 1-2 days , eating Mac & Cheese bound me up for days and eating more than 1 slice of pizza with its cheese would feel as if I carried a brick around with me for days also . I was always highly anxious in front of people also . After 30 years of these problems I started to read up on gluten . I figured I’d try to go Gluten free for a week or 2 to see the what happens . Low and behold all my signs and symptoms disappeared . I stared to eat the dairy products I gave up years before , the eggs , sharp cheese (one of my favorites years before ) , Mac & Cheese , etc. My stomach felt more normal than I’ve ever felt before . I put it all together . When is eat the eggs I always had 2-4 pieces of toast or muffins , with Mac & cheese I was eating 2-4 sandwiches , pizza was the dough of the crust that was the culprit . Now I’m totally gluten free and I never ever feel bloated after eating a meal twice the size I ever could eat before . I eat my sharp cheese with every dinner , eggs every other morning . I just use gluten free bread and I’ve found one excellent GF cookie . I’ve given up all my chicken noodle soups that were originally supposed to be my savior meal but the noodle I found are made of wheat . I sing 2-4,X month in front of many people and I never get the high anxiety I had for 30 + years on a stage under the spotlight . Now I know how it feels to have a relaxed fun time on stage . Finding good palatable GF foods has been a challenge and some GF foods will never be great tasting but the 100% turnaround in my Heath and well being outweighs the bland taste 1,000 fold . I’m happy after all these years I truly believe I’ve found the problem . Gluten / wheat flour .

  72. FreegirlPaige says:

    In addition to the gluten symptoms mentioned above I’d like to add allergies in general. I had terrible allergies to dogs, cats, dust, pollen, you name it and I suffered for years. Then one week, for an unrelated reason, I decided to do a brown rice and veggie cleanse and discovered ALL my allergies disappeared! When I reintroduced foods I discovered that it was the gluten that was the culprit. I can eat it just fine without any digestive complaints but within about 5 days the allergies come back. If you have any allergies try going gluten free and see if they don’t disappear!!!

  73. Tammy says:

    nice game

  74. Adam Trainor says:

    Well I have just learnt something new, gluten is laten for glue!! I know many people who suffer with IBS and eat gluten free foods, but then I know those who suffer with IBS and eat food with gluten and can be ok. Celiac disease can also be mistaken for IBS. How can you tell if you are gluten sensitive? diarrhea or constipation is a symptom of IBS but doesn’t mean you are gluten sensitive. Some of the symtoms can be other health issues too with the digestive system. It would be good to know if you can be tested by a doctor.

  75. Alex Brooklyn Ross says:

    Thank you for the information. I’m not sure if I have a gluten sensitivity specifically (more detective work for me to do1), but over the last month or so I have been experiencing a DRAMATIC ‘shift’ in what my system can tolerate when it comes to certain types of food (processed/not natural ingredients/bread products/animal protein) . It’s as if my system needs to liquefy the food to get it out of me as quickly as possible. I am only drinking purified water with lemon juice (and carbonated water when I’m nauseous). I’ve been through many intense ‘software upgrades’ as of late and this is the most profound effect so far. My body will no longer tolerate those types of foods as is evidenced by the (sometimes) violent ‘vibrating’ it does in reaction to the food. So many changes ! Thank you again for all of the great information you share. Have a beautiful day Kris !! 🙂

  76. Janet says:

    Hi Kris. Celiac sensitivity runs in my family. I lost my brother to Cystic Fibrosis. I was diagnosed with diabetes 27 years ago. I graduated from oral meds to insulin while on steroids during chemo. My blood sugar readings were off the chart. Decided to go gluten free last summer, and within one month I no longer needed insulin. I’ve had normal blood sugar readings ever since. I became a vegetarian 6 years ago when I was diagnosed with stage iv breast cancer. I am a true believer in you are what you eat. You have been an awesome inspiration to me.

  77. says:

    Very informative article, thank you! I keep coming across people who get annoyed at people who don’t have celiac disease avoiding gluten, thinking that they are being overly health-conscious (!) or trying to be unique…ever since I started consciously avoiding gluten, I don’t feel as bloated, and I don’t get a huge hit of “brain fog” after eating either!

  78. Hope Skilling says:

    I have Hashimoto’s hypothyroid and have listened to several lectures on Thyroid issues. More than one “expert” said that gluten can be part of the problem. I have always eaten wheat, etc. and have no gastro intestinal issues. I had blood work done for gluten sensitivity and everything was in normal range except for one, something to do with the blood/brain barrier. I have been gluten free for a year and do not notice any difference but I had no noticeable symptoms prior. What do you think?

  79. I was going through some serious allergic reactions last year and a doctor told me to cut our gluten even though my test results came back negative. They have since discovered that it wasn’t a gluten issue, but I feel much more alert without it and less in need of sleep than before, so I’m staying off it for the most part.

  80. dionne says:

    How do I know which foods contain gluten?

  81. Wren says:

    It took 8 weeks for my symptoms to ease up and I had all four.

  82. Paula says:

    I recently read three fantastic books about this subject. If any of you are interested they are: GRAIN BRAIN, WHEAT BELLY and WHY WE GET FAT. I learned so much from these books. What we’ve been taught about healthy eating for the last 30 years (whole grains, low fat, low cholesterol) is all wrong. I took the majority of wheat out of my diet after reading these books. It’s been two weeks and I feel so much better. Depression and anxiety have lifted; I’ve also lost 6 lbs without even trying.

  83. Jiri says:

    Even thou I can eat gluten food, I must say, that every time I do not eat food containing gluten my digestions improves a lot. That is why I eat it only couple days in the month. What I find out works well is what Kris mentions in the blog, to stay away from gluten food for 3 weeks. After those 3 weeks start introducing gluten food in small amounts. This is kind of gluten detox. (I also do it with dairy products and works the same way.

    I also try to eat only organic non GMO gluten food.

    It is also good advice not to combine wheat and milk or other allergenic foods.

  84. Thank you, Kris, for putting together such a straightforward summary about gluten sensitivity and the more serious problems people have with wheat and gluten. It is so refreshing to see you end with the idea that gluten is not inherently the enemy.
    I have chronic Lyme Disease. I took antibiotics for three years. Along the way, I developed many food sensitivities, including one to wheat and gluten. After stopping antibiotics (and instead using alternative treatments), I began to rebuild my gut biome. The thing that made it possible for me to start eating wheat again was drinking unpasteurized cow’s milk for several months. (It also got rid of a sensitivity to casein and dairy products.) What was tricky was that I then had small Lyme symptom flare when I consumed wheat, as though it was I was feeding the infection rather than myself. I continued my treatments and I drink unpasteurized cow’s milk sometimes, and at this point, I no longer have a wheat sensitivity.
    I don’t advocate drinking unpasteurized milk in a state where it isn’t regulated. But it is regulated in California, and it has definitely helped rebuild my intestinal microbiome. It’s so nice to eat pasta again.

  85. Denise says:

    Nice post! I used to disbelieve the anti-gluten claims, but since experiencing life without gluten for a short time, I feel completely different and sleep better. I was just told by my Dr to stop gluten, eggs,dairy, and the deadly nightshade group: tomatoes, peppers, chillies, due to allergies and psoriasis. Gluten always, even as a kid, made me tired and bloated. Sometimes there would be intestinal distress, too. It is going to take some time to learn how to bake again, though as the whole chemistry of baking changes without gluten. You have to be a diligent label reader too, gluten and dairy are hidden in lots of unexpected places. Isn’t it odd that so many people feel better when they stop gluten in their diets?

    Thanks for all your ideas and recipes, they mean a lot.

  86. Aly says:

    I love this post Kris! Thanks for sharing to better educate and help people diagnose their ailments! I grew up eating pasta, pizza, bagels…you name the food with gluten- I ate it! But I started developing some issues around my teenage years, which lead to my discovery of a wheat/gluten allergy. Once I changed my diet, my skin, energy, and overall immunity benefited. Today I am a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and one of my specialties is cooking gluten-free and educating clients on the benefits from eliminating gluten from their diet. I find it can be life changing from energy levels to mood to weight management. For anyone looking for great gluten-free recipes/tips on living a gluten-free lifestyle, please direct them to my Insta/Twitter: @1BalancedBeauty or website I am happy to help share my personal story with anyone struggling and hope my posts/recipes help others feel their best! You’re the best Kris- Always enjoy your posts, especially this one!!!! xo Much love and light, Aly

  87. N says:

    I would like to add (as another commentor mentioned) that skin issues can also point to gluten sensitivity. In my mid-twenties, I started getting strange poison ivy-like rashes on my hands and I had intermittent acne on my face, particularly large blemishes on my cheeks. After correlating these break-outs to gluten consumption, I tried giving it up for a while and noticed a dramatic decrease in skin and digestive issues (I had just assumed that I had crummy digestion before going off of gluten).

  88. Alexandra says:

    Hello Kris
    It was a real surprise to see those 4 signs of gluten sensitive people and assossiate with my own, more and more i come to conclusion , that i´m a gluten sentitive at a long time, and i didn´t knew.
    Having to adopt a Gluten free diet came as a shock to me in the last days, my doctor told me that i have to eliminate gluten from my diet allthought i´m not a celiac, i have started my research yesterday, but it has been dificult to know exactly what things i can eat and which ones i cant´t.
    Can you help telling me which foods can gluten intolerant people can eat.
    Oh i´m a vegetarian at aproximatly 17 years. so i allready have a pretty limited diet.
    Thanks a lot ;).

  89. Erica says:

    I had horrible acne for years and was put on antibiotics, topical creams, acutane etc, etc. On a whim, I gave up wheat to see what would happen. My acne completely cleared up. At that time I was still eating gluten though. Then I got this persistent itch on my back that lasted (on and off) for 3 years. It wasn’t horrible, but I felt a little concerned so I talked to doctors. My one doctor told me I had a lot of histamine in my back and to just take a Claritin. I didn’t, because I felt like if I needed medicine to solve a problem, I would just rather get to the root of the problem. I started reading about why your body might be producing lots of histamine and it didn’t look good. Since I already knew I couldn’t eat wheat, I decided to just give going gluten-free a try. Well, that itch has been completely gone for 3 years now (and still no acne). Amazing what you can do with diet.

  90. Veggie says:

    Thanks for this article. I banned gluten for more than a year, but had no problems when I had some again after that. I did a 7-day juice fast and suddenly I when I started introducing bread back into my diet everything went wrong! I just had raw fruit and veg for the first 2 days, then slowly started cooked foods again and some bread. Yikes. I’m bloated, feel constipated and have diarrhea! (sorry tmi). I never had these problems before or during the juice fast 🙁 Could it be that ridding my body of gluten now makes it extra sensitive towards it?

  91. Lucy says:

    I have gone gluten free and it’s completely life changing!!! I have suffered for years with all of the above, I just didn’t piece it all together. The catalyst was suffering from symptoms of a stomach ulcer-agonising pain for 6 hours at a time-have you heard of this kind of thing being connected? I have yet to come off antacid medication to see what happens, I’m keen to know if anyone thinks it could have been the gluten?? Thanks Kris, I found you through reading ‘Deliciously Ella’, both of you have changed my life x

  92. Ann says:

    I went gf over 3 yes ago. I have lost 135lbs, have no more body aches, pain or asthma. The mood swings and body acne is also gone. I’m a completely different person.

  93. Matt Jager says:

    As always, appreciate your balanced and informative approach Kris. I think the nuance and individuality of these kinds of issues is often overlooked, and we end up thinking of it as a good food or a bad food. Great article, thanks for sharing!

  94. Hello lovely Kris!

    Thank you for the amazing energy you put out to the world through informative posts such as this. And thanks for spreading the word about issues with gluten! Love that you encourage people to take charge of their health & happiness.

    I’d like to add some more information that might help someone reading this post. I have gluten ataxia, a rare condition (what I believe to be an as-yet classified autoimmune dis-ease) in which gluten causes problems with the cerebellum, the part of the brain which controls motor skills. Contrary to what one might find on the web, one does not have to have celiac dis-ease to have this (I do not have celiac). This can affect the entire nervous system including walking, talking, thinking, balance, sensory input, pain & tingling in nerves, fine motor skills like eating, writing, typing, doing up buttons etc. One will most likely start walking like she is “drunk” because her balance is so off. Extreme nausea is also likely due to one’s eyes jumping around (nystagmus) due to the body’s imbalance and often muscle cramping, pain & weakness occurs.

    Unfortunately, many who develop ataxia are not tested for gluten issues and the cause of the ataxia is often left as undetermined. (A UK test shows that as much as 41% of “sporadic” ataxias (thus of no known origin) could be due to gluten) Or they are only given the test for celiac dis-ease which shows up negative. If caught in time, and on a strict gluten free diet, recovery is possible. If left too long, many abilities can be permanently affected.

    Like you, I believe in doing my health homework so there are so many improvements that have been made. After physiotherapy and a major change in lifestyle and the way I eat, improvements are happening with many more to go. But had I not got the information when I did, I would most likely be using a walker or wheelchair today – and was so close to that so many times.

    Thanks for all you do and who you are! Keep putting your empowering info out there!
    Liis xo

    • Kris Carr says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge! I’m thrilled to hear about the progress you’ve made. Sending you love. kc

    • Corina Haywood says:

      I normally eat gf and low FODMAP as treatment for what was once diagnosed as IBS, but I now understand is mostly gluten sensitivity or maybe leaky gut. I found this post because of your comment about walking like you are “drunk” because although I usually do pretty good sticking to my diet, but last night I ate a huge plate of pasta with cream sauce and I felt really strange, definitly swerving while walking and like I wasn’t quite safe driving my car ( I don’t drink by the way ) so it was pretty disconcerting. I have also always had poor balance, but it does seem to come and go and I never knew it was related to my gluten sensitivity. Thanks to everyone for there comments, it does feel good to know I am not alone, and that the work I put into eating a certain way does make a difference. It also helps to encourage me to work harder at avoiding gluten and other irritants. Thanks, Corina

      • Chase says:

        Hi Kris and Corina,

        I’ve recently starting digging into this for the same reasons you mentioned above. I was hoping that maybe this sensitivity would go away after a prolonged period of not eating anything with gluten, but now I’m not sure how that’s going. Initially, my eyes would itch terribly and swell up, I would hock a lot, and I would get very sick after eating anything with gluten and have to vomit. Then, I would feel fine for the rest of the day. So, after a few months, I accidentally ate a Parmesan-stuffed mushroom with panko crumbs (hidden under the cheese), I thought just feeling semi-drunk was an improvement. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

        I just ate some salsa (thinking who in the world would put wheat in salsa), but found out it does, in fact, contain wheat in the natural flavors. Luckily I caught it after only a few bites, but I’m feeling a little drunk and like my limbs are hollowed out or something. In a half hour or so, I’m sure I’ll have to vomit and then will probably feel much better, but I really just wanted to say thanks for posting things like this. It really helps figure things out and keeps these things fresh on the mind. I should’ve known better than to assume anything, but I’ll be sure to not make the same mistake in the future!

  95. Vicki says:

    I also have Hashimoto’s and went GF a couple of years ago. I had a chronic cough that wouldn’t go away. Allergy doctor wanted to put me on meds for reflux. I Googled chronic cough and Hashimotos and learned that other people were having good results going GF. Within a month of going off gluten, my cough was gone. Since then I have learned so much about the benefits of GF and autoimmune conditions. Also within that time, my son has had to go gluten & dairy free because he was experiencing migraines and stomach pain. His food sensetivity report confirmed that he is highly sensative to wheat & dairy.

  96. Jovi says:

    I have symptoms of celiac. I feel pretty bad after eating anything, even salads!. Because of this, I started a gluten- free diet by now already 2 weeks and I do not feel any difference, still symptomatic.
    Well, 2 days ago I decided to eat Pancakes for break fast with maple syrup and for my surprised I felt much better. the fogginess in my head disappeared. Today I went back to my green juice for breakfast and feel horrible again. I really do not know what is going on?

  97. Patty Cason says:

    So, if I’m consuming wheat grass….is this considered gluten? Or is it only when cooked?

  98. Sue says:

    Hi Kris!
    Thanks so much for this info! I’m a breast cancer survivor, and after chemo and radiation 2 years ago, found that I was left with several side effects, including peripheral neuropathy in my hands and feet, and reflux. I’ve been experimenting with going gluten-free for the past few months, and have found that I feel so much better when I stick to it. The neuropathy is mostly gone, my digestion is better, and I just generally feel better. I’m more mindful about what I eat, and have found some wonderful gluten free substitutes to add to my diet. I am also focusing much more on “real” food like fruits and veggies. I was tested and told that I have a gluten sensitivity, and I do find that I can handle a little bit in my diet, so when I really miss something I set aside one meal to cheat. As time has gone on, I’ve realized that I feel so much better being gluten free that cheating is no longer a pleasure!

    One question for you – I was wondering why this is such a big focus now, while it wasn’t 30 years ago. Do you think there is a connection between the GMO foods that are being pushed on us now? I read somewhere that almost all of the wheat and corn that we eat is genetically modified.

    Love to you!!!

  99. Lo says:

    Thanks Kris, another excellent article as usual. I have also read that gluten food foods tend to be higher calories (correct me if I have bad information) so another reason not to choose gluten food unless you really need too!


  100. Antoinette says:

    Thank you for explaining that not eating gluten is more than just a fad. As someone who went through years of issues and feeling sick it’s validating to know that the truth about gluten and the range of issues it causes is real. I spent two years sick as a dog before a dermatologist of all people suggested gluten sensitivity. I was tested for everything under the sun and blood tests showed it wasn’t celiac, but my symptoms sure mimicked the disease. Most doctors shrugged their shoulders and didn’t try to help. I had a rash, digestive issues, and pretty much everything else mentioned above. It’s not easy going gluten free because most people don’t understand what that means and often think it’s a fad diet so they give you the side eye when you tell them you are gluten free. Also it’s so easy to get glutened by those who don’t take care, but I feel so much better and know this is what I need to do to be healthy. If you want to learn more I recommend the National Association for Celiac Disease Gluten sensitivity is real and is finally getting recognized, fight for your health and find answers to get yourself well even it you have to got to several doctors or do some research on your own. P.S. It’s best to get tested for Celiac disease before you stop eating gluten, otherwise the test can be false negative once gluten is out of your system. Get tested first if you think this is an issue for you. Be Well!

    • Kris Carr says:

      Wishing you the very best on your wellness path, Antoinette. Knowledge is power & I’m sure others will benefit from you sharing your experiences! xo, kc

  101. Sofia says:

    Dear Kris,
    Thank you for everything. I know every one is telling you this all the time, but it’s true: you are such an inspiration…I thank you with all my heart.
    My question is: I have eczema and I am worse since I got pregnant and had my wonderful baby boy, almost 2 years now. What I would like to ask you is if you know if there are any kind of foods related with eczema and in other hand, if there are foods that can improve my condition.
    Thank you so much. Keep your beautiful smile shining through the world.

    • Beverley says:

      hi Sofia both my daughters and I are wheat sensitive, picked up by their paediatrician after many difficulties with feeding. what also transpired was that we also had a sensitivity to dairy products which led to the following – digestive problems ( gas stomach pains diarrhoea etc), excema, asthma. one followed the other if symptoms ignored, I had all three and no idea why. After eliminating dairy all three disappeared, after a period of many months I was able to have small amounts. This remains the same after 14 years. Hope this helps. Beverleyx

  102. Gwendolyn says:

    Great clarity and encouragement, Kris!
    As a wellness coach that takes women on five day kickstart retreats where we eliminate sugar and gluten I see amazing results in everyone—better sleep, decreased hair loss, weight loss, and more energy. Many of the women remain off gluten after seeing what five days can do for them. The first couple days can bring on detox symptoms and confuse people, but by day three I see them making great leaps in health and energy. I got over fibromyalgia, depression and chronic fatigue 7 years ago on a gluten free diet. I understand it is not just the gluten, but the genetic modification of wheat and the total amounts of carbohydrates that reduce to sugar that are playing havoc with so many of us. Health is a detective journey!

  103. Veronica says:

    Thank you Kris for this post! My boyfriend is a celiac, so we keep a gf kitchen, but I do eat gluten out of the house + have never noticed any negative effects gluten has on me.

    What’s crazy to me is that we have many friends + people in our community who don’t “believe” in celiac’s disease or other gluten sensitivities. It makes it really hard, because if friends invite us to dinner, we have to explain to them even the issue of cross contamination, and no you can’t just take the croutons off the salad, etc. Having any type of food allergy, while not so difficult to maintain in our own kitchen, can be really alienating.

    I think it’s because going gf has become such a fad that when people have to do it for an illness, it’s not taken seriously + people think they are doing it to be annoying or being paranoid about even a crumb.

    Thank you for shedding light on this issue + hopefully paving the way for change!


  104. Peace says:

    I listened to a woman discuss her journey with celiac and her symptoms. She took repeatted celiac tests before being properly diagnosed. She was finally advised to avoid gluten for a month, then 1-2 weeks prior to celiac test, eat gluten daily. The test from the doctor was then able to pick up and diagnose her correctly. The test itself may be giving false negatives. She is sensitive to gluten in soya sauce, as well as wheat/grain products, surprizing where gluten turns up.

  105. Kris! This is perfect! I love that you mention how we all need to be our very own detectives and you know what!? Just imagine how much more exciting and thrilling you’ve made that detective work for so many! Hat’s off to you, gorgeous lady! When it comes to gluten/bread I much rather enjoy some good real local sourdough bread every now and then than shovel down industrially made GF loaves with god-knows-what flours, additives, stabilizers, refined sugar, scary uncool yeast and not the best salt, five times a day. High vibes are the best vibes in my (bread) book! Thank you for being so dedicated to shining light on things that matter so greatly <3 Lotsa love from Sweden

  106. Danielle says:

    Just eliminated gluten from my diet 3 weeks ago and feeling much better. Less bloating, less pain in my belly and less wind (wich can be sooooooo anoying and embarressing), and in 1 week I will try some gluten again to see if this is the actual cullprit.

  107. Liza Lake says:

    Hi Kris, thanks so much for your wonderful work! My daughter seems to have a gluten sensitivity and I gave her Rudi’s GF potato bread this morning with Earth Balance Butter and nutritional yeast on top. She had a complete emotional turn around after the toast and where things had been going so well for the last couple weeks of GF eating they deteriorated quickly. I have noticed that if she eats gluten the emotional affects are pretty immediate but I had no idea that brewer’s yeast had gluten?!? Is nutritional yeast the same as brewer’s yeast? She loves it but it may be one more thing we have to say goodbye to.

    • Kris Carr says:

      Hi Liza,

      I checked in with Jen Reilly, RD on this one. She confirmed that brewer’s yeast definitely contains gluten. Jen also mentioned that nutritional yeast is gluten-free, but some experts speculate that there can be a cross-reaction in the body when consuming any kind of yeast, causing the body to react as if it has consumed gluten. So, I would recommend just keeping an eye on any potential reactions. Hope that helps! xo, kc

      • Liza Lake says:

        Thanks so much for checking Kris! That’s actually great news that I just need to watch it instead of cut it out completely. We also make a vegan Mac and cheese with nutritional yeast and it would be hard to give up. My daughter will be very happy:-)

      • Diana says:

        Corn gluten is often used to replace wheat gluten in foods, and for many it’s the gf diet foods that set off new reactions increasing.

  108. Amy Shah says:

    Hi Kris!
    Thanks so much for this! I have to say as an allergy /inflammation specialist – I see gluten allergy and sensitivity every day! I would go as far as saying everyone should *try* off of gluten for about 2-4 weeks. Sometimes very subtle symptoms that you may consider a normal thing can go away after stopping gluten. I know I have had this experience. Many people are able to add it back and then lower their overall intake.
    Thanks again for this awesome info!

  109. Cyndy says:

    Hey Kris!
    Thanks for giving your perspective on such a popular issue. I agree with you! So many people are going gluten free that don’t have celiac disease and they are getting constipated! As a naturopath I teach people how to get their body systems back into balance so that eating gluten doesn’t actually bother them anymore! If they have celiac disease then it makes sense not to eat gluten. But if there are just sensitivities to it then a lot of the time it is just a struggling digestive system that needs a little TLC!

    • Sanjai Taneja says:

      Hello Cindy

      I have had gluten sensitivity for over 3-4 years now and have avoid gluten for 3-4 years. I feel great but feel that I need to introduce gluten albiet in small amounts in my diet as it causes constipation. I have also started having gastric trouble with other foods like corn, eggs etc. I think i need some guidance from a naturopath like yourself. Could you please give me your contact number?


      Sanjai Taneja

  110. Shirley Azevedo says:

    I was having joint pain on my knees and couldn’t walk upstairs to my bedroom. I had another article on the subject and decided to try being gluten free. I have been gluten free for over 3 years now and loving it. No more pain and bloating. More energy, as well.

  111. Terry Collier says:

    Hi Kris,

    Once again, a very informative, well written article/blog. Thank you. I am at the beginning of writing a gluten free book based upon my families experience on a gluten free diet (inc. a son and father being celiacs) and would also like to include some articles from experts such as yourself. Would you be willing to be interviewed over the phone or your specific articles referred to in my book? Thank you for your consideration. Kind regards. Terry

  112. Aggie Ruscitti says:

    Kris! Love the article but curious if you have read The Grain Brain yet. I’m convinced that gluten is bad for everybody after reading it. A must-read. Get the word out, please!!!

  113. Suzy Holman says:

    Thank you for a very simple, informative post about gluten. I hope some who I know will read it and think about it…even if it changes nothing for them, it may help them realize every BODY is different, and nobody should eat what others choose, but decide for themselves

  114. Ingrid says:

    Thank you for clarifying the gluten issue. I stopped eating ALL gluten 1 year ago because I have hasihmoto’s I learned that even a little gluten will trigger an autoimmune response in my body which is detrimental to my thyroid. I used to think I could have a little bread with olive oil once in a while. Since I stopped eating gluten completely my digestion has improved and I have less hair loss. I think anyone with an autoimmune condition would benefit from being gluten free. It is my intention to heal my digestive system and my thyroid to once again be able to eat gluten occasionally, but it is a process that may take some time. Lots of Love Ingrid

  115. MadameMap says:

    For about 15 years, I experienced frequent migraines – basically daily. I also had brain fog and even though am generally very upbeat and energetic, I desperately needed to nap in the afternoon. Back in 2000, a new doctor suggested that I might be sensitive to gluten. I had never heard of gluten. I eliminated it and within days felt reborn. All I had to do was go back on gluten and my headaches and afternoon fatigue would resume. Since then I have remained gluten free and have never looked back. I have ZERO migraines and couldn’t nap if you paid me – am just not tired anymore. It has truly been the most life changing thing that has ever happened to me. Am so grateful to my primary care physician. When I hear or read people claiming or assuming it’s a fad it makes me sad. I think there are so many people walking around not feeling great simply be of the gluten they are eating. Deleterious effects of gluten are REAL. Not imagined. Not a fad.

    • Kris Carr says:

      Thank you for sharing your experiences! So happy to hear you found what’s right for your health. xo, kc

    • simone magri says:

      Thanks for the insight and tips and advice. I sometimes feel I would do better if I eliminated gluten. Thing is some days it weighs me down and I feel sluggish and unhappy and my stomach produces acid which really hurts. This happens usually after I eat pizza. I can eat pasta occasionally and that is ok. As long as the sauce is simple like some olive oil and fresh herbs. Some days I think I must be allergic to yeast rather than wheat or gluten itself. However I do suffer regularly from foggy visions ( brain fog) and yes my stomach often hurts after I eat unless it is salad or some rice. I wish to do a proper food allergy test where they take blood sample. In the meantime I keep telling myself I don’t need a test I can do this alone. Eliminate foods and detect how I feel after. I read a book that said it takes a good 5 weeks for the body to stop craving wheat after you eliminate it. I admire MadameMap who says she did and has never felt better. Her words inspire me. I just need to tell myself it is only hard in the beginning

      • love says:

        Eliminating gluten was definitely hard, harder than any big dietary or lifestyle change I’ve ever made, and I’ve made several 😉 It’s been about six years, and it’s easy now, even now that I only eat out of my own kitchen (in order to avoid cross-contamination)! I’ve noticed this pattern for me whenever I make a big change: it gets easier around 6-8 weeks, then easier yet around 6 months, at about a year, the lifestyle changes are fully integrated and feel normal, and around about 2 years I completely stop missing “pleasures” I gave up. I’m sure everyone has their own varying patterns, and keeping my timeline in mind helps me be mindful of where I am in a transition process and have insight into how support myself better!

    • Marie says:

      Your story sure hits home…my son had a migraine almost every day for a year. Within 10 days of going gluten free, his migraines were gone. Amazing!

    • Hi,

      I have had lots of migraines, head aches, lethargy, muscle & joint pains, and IBS. I didn’t take gluten intolerance seriously until I prayed about, researched it and realised that I must be very sensitive to gluten. As of this day, I gotten gluten free sourdough bread, and happily given up anything gluten. I think I shall feel better very soon. So a big thank you to you all. Madame Map, you’ve really inspired me. Cheers and blessings mates

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