has anyone tried going gluten-free?
has it helped you? what changes did you see?
last summer, i went to the allergist after a few months of AWFUL stomach cramps. i got tested for about 120 common food allergens, and was allergic to about half of them... no joke (all nuts, dairy, pork, turkey, cinnamon, black pepper, etc!!!). after a few months of "testing" them out, i discovered that only three really bother me at all: walnuts (scratchy throat), cinnamon (headache, i rarely indulge), and oats (can't eat them two days in a row or my stomach... lets me know it. ahem.), but i didn't test positive for wheat allergy, so i dismissed it as a possible offender. i kept eating a clean diet, and the symptoms seemed to go away (sort of) for a few months. sorta.
since then, my stomach has gone from ok to worse than ever. the cramps used to come and go, but now it just hurts all the time. i feel like a swallowed a balloon. i'm pretty much always bloaty, and it makes some funky funky noises. so i've been thinking...
should i try going GF?
my little sister has been gluten-free for about ten years, so i'm very familiar with the diet. i'm just curious if any of you guys have tried it (and some i know already!), how long, and if it's worth a shot. i've also been reading about the possible connection between gluten-sensitivity and fibromyalgia, so i'm DEFINITELY willing to give it a go!
thanks guys!!! and heads up - have two foodie dates and a soy post this weekend i'll be looking forward to sharing :)