I know that many on here have gone gluten free to see if it helps their general health. My question is, in the first 48 hrs or so did you have any specific symptoms that pointed to you not having gluten?
Gluten free - any withdrawal symptoms? - Thyroid UK
If I were you I would read NaamiSue's blogs (she did a series of them) concerning gluten free and I'm sure she wouldn't mind you PMing her is you have any questions.
Have linked her blogs for you.
It's a job giving up Gluten and Wheat if you don't 'have to' ,for sure.
Whether it's the dietary habits ingrained over years - or just the body missing easy grabbed carbs + some vits/minerals, who's to say. GF bread doesn't taste great, I know & costs.
I felt better within a day on restarting GF diet ,recently.
There are larger Free From shelves in shops nowadays, thankfully.
The negatives seem to be the time it takes for full long term correction to occur in ones system and the pull of cheap food marketing in your face every day.
Bread smells wafting from supermarket door vents etc- we know the tricks, don't we?
Unless you're Celiac, the tendency is to forget/ignore the 'bads' and revert, as above comment.
Just adding,that if like me, you hope to correct thyroid probs using better diet for as long as possible, then the facts about wheat and immune response to it are well documented.
One could say Armour is dietary- but I'm not into meat so would avoid that route.
I went all through the researching/shopping/cooking etc for a gluten free diet for my partner who was having what looked like allergy problems, mainly digestive and itchy skin which looked like dermatitis. After months of failures we found it was actually soya and sugar. He has done extremely well in sticking to a food plan and has lost loads of weight too
I have Graves and although I should be doing it for that reason Im doing it for the bloated stomach, never a good look! That is why I only wanted to do eliminations for a short while (yes I know some take longer to come to light). Next I will try dairy - that may well be harder
It may not just be Gluten- just stopping carbs in bulk can have a big impact- however it can, as mentioned below ,lead to feeling hungry a lot.
This is apparently how we should feel to be healthy and live long!
Slow burning foods like oats must have other counterparts though- worth research?
Further on the gut health [very important for immune system] have you tried Kefir? It is a PRE-biotic and you can grow it in your kitchen in potted milk jars and it 'lives for ever' too
I've had some success. It does look gloopy and smells like a cat but funny how these things are 'good' too
I mix it with Whey protein as I don't get enough protein [non meat eater] which if sieved well and mixed properly makes a good shake- quite good for dieting.
The culture does take careful managing in terms of environment but once settled it does OK.12-24 hrs and then 12 in the fridge,maybe.
It can take some time to sdapt to your home environs too!
Going g free is v difficult and extremely restrictive. My gastro describes it as 'a life sentence'. I LOVE pasta, brown bread, etc. The thing i miss the most is bread.
Anyhow, i was still getting bad symptoms - it took me 9 months to figure out that oats (even g free) contain a protein that behaves like gluten.
Too bad no medical person bothered telling me that.
I'm gutted because i love oats. I need a solid breakfast to keep me going. The alternatives are poor; g free flakes are high in sugar and you feel hungry within an hour
I went gluten free about 5 years ago. I found it very easy to do and felt a lot better. I basically just stopped eating any foods made with processed grains (didn't bother with gluten free alternatives). At the beginning, I ate mostly raw (because I was in a caravan with no cooker connected) and had a hot meal once a week at a friend's house. I think that made the transition easier.
For breakfast I eat Dr Budwig's mix of flax oil, quark and flax seeds with some sort of berry and pumpkin seeds. Very filling and will keep you going until dinner, if necessary.