Is The Elimination Diet A Good Place To Start?

If you suspect that you are have problems when you digest gluten, then no an elimination diet or challenge as it is often referred to is not the best place to start.

The best place to start is to get tested to see if your body truly is having a reaction to gluten. 

And to get the most accurate results, you need to be eating gluten. So trying something for a few days to test your resolve or with no real medical assistance and testing, is not advised. Jumping on and off gluten is not a good thing and can lead to severe complications and/or problems if you have celiac disease so this should not be taken lightly.

Now what do you do when your doctor suggests you try an elimination diet for 30 days to see how your body feels when you eliminate certain foods usually dairy, gluten, red meats and corn are the most common. This should generally be your first sign that your doctor is not as informed on this subject as they need to be. It is one thing if they take some blood work and will be able to tell you how your body is responding before and after certain foods have been removed from your diet. It is completely another when you doctor doesn’t follow-up with until 6 months later and you barely remember that you may have felt better but it was to hard to do long term, so you dropped it.

You may even try this on your own to see if you feel better and most people do; however, with little or no supervision and no clue about the effects short and long term they will not keep it up after the ten or thirty day trial period.

In addition, I think the word diet is the wrong word to be used here because a diet implies that this is a short term thing and that once you have survived it, you can go back to eating the way you use to. If you have a gluten sensitivity what most people do not understand is that this is a permanent intolerance or sensitivity. Your body will always react to gluten, there is no going back. You may choose to ignore it but you will manifest issues and pain elsewhere in your body and you may never realize that this is really that.

I think there needs to be a whole lot more information out there on the seriousness of gluten sensitivity and all of the additional health conditions that this contributes to. So check out my Research category, I’ll add more information there about this.

Hope this helps answer your question, dear reader. Feel free to share your thoughts and feelingsbelow. And if you have a question of your own, click the ask a question button and I’ll do my best to answer soon.