Going Gluten Free-The FactsWednesday, February 01, 2012
I remember when I first began to wonder if I was allergic to gluten. I had been so sick for quite a few months (possibly unknowingly sick for years) and I just couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with me. After attributing my ailments to many different possibilities (but to no avail) I came across Celiac Disease. Let me rephrase that, my wonderful mother came across Celiac Disease, so I started trying the gluten free diet.
I need to stop for a moment and encourage (kinda more demand here!) that you get the proper testing before attempting a gluten free diet. I've said before that my doctor at the time I self-diagnosed (I later got the biopsy for confirmation) was without much knowledge regarding a gluten allergy. Had I known then what I know now I would have asked for the proper testing. So please, make your first step and ASK to get the blood test and biopsy before attempting to go gluten free.
Now back to the beginning of my gluten free journey. I was at SUCH a loss as far as knowledge and understanding of this new diet (as many of you are) and it just seemed so unbelievably overwhelming that I didn't know where to begin.
If this sounds like any of you, keep reading!
I found a wonderful article from Better Nutrition magazine that covers some pressing questions about going gluten free, what it is, and what to expect.
The article was written by Melissa Diane Smith, a nutritionist and author who specializes in personalizing the gluten-free diet! Love it...hopefully I can meet her one day and pick her brain! (Don't worry, if this happens I'll report back what I learned to all of you!).
So here's the Q & A she provided. Info taken from Better Nutrition's website.
Answers to your most pressing questions about gluten
To give us the answers, we posed commonly asked gluten-related questions to columnist Melissa Diane Smith—a leading nutritionist and author of Going Against the Grain and Gluten Free Throughout the Year—who has been counseling people on the gluten-free diet for more than 10 years.