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Anyone had to cut wheat and dairy?

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wrenster Sat 30-Mar-13 16:22:10

I've recently had various stomach issues (still undiagnosed as waiting for appt). On advice from my acupuncturist I've cut out wheat and dairy which has definitely helped and my tummy has been much more settled.

However I've started to reintroduce some products here and there i.e breadcrumbs in a recipe and I seem to have a really strong reaction. I also re introduced a little milk in tea and yogurt after dinner and now seem very constipated on top of the weird stomach pains.

It seems odd that my body could be having such strong reactions to things I have always consumed without a problem. I thought this would be a temporary thing but now I'm worried I could be stuck with it!! I've only cut them for about 3 weeks.

Any advice on food intolerances would be gratefully received as I feel like I'm fumbling around in the dark and don't know what to do!

nightcat Sat 30-Mar-13 17:31:36

IME with my ds (and mine) gluten in wheat caused dairy intolerance. Have been gf for 7 years now with him and wouldnt go back. You dont have to be coeliac to feel unwell when eating gluten, my ds wasnt but going gf has changed his and mine life beyond belief.
Detoxing effect of gluten takes many months and then you have to correct the deficiencies.. it's been very enlightening for me.
Yes, the healthier your body starts feeling, the stronger it will react to something that its bothering it.
Once gluten was out of the system, he could have dairy with no adverse reaction, his was mainly constipation.

wrenster Sat 30-Mar-13 21:42:01

Thanks very much for sharing. I don't suppose there's anywhere you can direct me to to learn more about it is there? Thanks

milktraylady Sat 30-Mar-13 22:14:54

Hi I went wheat free in 2006. And then dairy free 2007. I can now eat small quantities of wheat and dairy, as I've been testing it out this year.

I think I basically had a leaky gut, and its all healed up now. But it literally took years.

Sorry, but a few weeks isn't really going to fix it! But you will start feeling better as each week goes past. No more IBS is sooo great, it's worth the hassle.

Plus nowadays its really easy (in comparison to 2006) to buy "free from" foods. All the supermarket foods are labelled up. And more & more restaurants too. Even Pizza Hut does a gluten free pizza!

Your question- where to go for info.
Hmmm I guess I did a lot of googling in the early days of my diagnosis & "journey". Try the company "genius bread" website, they make good stuff.
A Wharberton top boss' grandchild has allergies so they now do a wheat free roll.

There's lots of "eco" websites that will give advice.

But basically cut out your trigger foods, time passes, you get more assertive in restaurants, you feel healthier! It's totally doable grin

Good luck!

nightcat Sat 30-Mar-13 22:18:47

Well, there is tons of info online, the best I found on the forum: here, esp section Related Disorders and Research.

Also, if you search for gluten sensitivity you will find a lot of info that often gets overlooked by people who think that only people who have coeliac can be affected by gluten.

I also learned a lot by reading pubmed papers about it as my son's consultant published more than 40 papers.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 31-Mar-13 00:01:13

I've had the same problem. I cut out dairy and wheat last year in an effort to get rid of ibs. It made a huge difference but as soon as I have anything with dairy or wheat now I have a very strong reaction. I get really bad cramps and constipation.

The things I'm struggling with are cake and chocolate. I'm suffering today because I couldn't resist donuts and Easter eggs yesterday or today.

I've started taking Colpermin which seems to help with the cramps a bit.

thebestpossibletaste Sun 31-Mar-13 00:02:33

Forgot to ask, how do you know if you have leaky gut?

I've recently been diagnosed coeliac. when I gave up the wheat I also had to temporarily give up dairy. Apparently the damage done to the gut can be irritated by CMP but once the gut has healed, dairy can be reintroduced. I now have dairy regularly, and can eat small amounts of wheat. But I was completely gluten free for a year. I didn't see a big improvement for a good few months. I now know my limitations, and just go GF again. Its not the best way to go about it tbh but I just can't go long term without bread and GF stuff just isn't the same

karkar69 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:22:10

Hi, im in the process of having tests for celiac disease as always tired and stomach bloating etc. A blood test stated that i have signs of celiac and another one also did 3 months later. I am waiting for a test atm for an endoscope biopsy to comfirm the results. I think it would be best for you to see your doctor for a blood test first

banana87 Sun 31-Mar-13 10:32:12

I recently cut grains and dairy. I can't eat either now. I feel bloated and sick when I do! Apparently humans are not designed to digest grains or dairy. I alway thought of the theory to be complete crap but I 100% believe it now!

milktraylady Sun 31-Mar-13 17:59:19

Hi taste, re the leaky gut- I came across this in my research, looked into it more & from my symptoms & recovery I reckon it's what I had.
Ie- the villi in my intestines were a wasteland/ non existent (nice!) so the wheat was directly crossing into my bloodstream. Hence crazy itchy skin etc.

I realise I never got a doc diagnosis, but my experience is GPs aren't really aware of 'systemic' dietary problems, as there's just so many variables. Qualified nutritionist is really a better person to consult.

wrenster Sun 31-Mar-13 22:38:03

Thanks very much to you all for responding. Looks like I have lots of research to do.

Anyone tried Slippery Elm? I've come across this a lot so far for protecting the lining of the stomach and intestines

eragon Mon 01-Apr-13 19:14:22

I think anyone with a stomach prob needs some qualified doc to determine if it needs further investigation.

That said, food intolerence, ibs are often difficult to treat/control.

to make sure that a diet is balanced yeah, try a nutritionist or better still get gp to refer you to one.

I have been tested for celiac but came up negative.
However I do have IBS which was chronic for years and is now under control. mainly by diet.

I have been on exclusion diets but am now stable enough to eat small amounts of certain foods with no problem,having given my guts time to heal.

I have never tried or paid for any alternative therapy as I dont think they are well regulated enough or safe.

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