Anyone with a Gluten or Dairy Allergy?

posted 4 months ago in Wellness
Post # 2
Member
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I have tons of food allergies.  Many of the tests aren’t that accurate, but I started with that, and then did trial and error on my own.  My allergist reccomended a very strict diet for a month and then slowly introducing one thing at a time.

Try cutting these things out of your diet for a couple weeks and see if you feel better.

Post # 3
Hostess
3346 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

lahela017 :  I did this as well.  It took me years to figure out the foods that were giving me trouble, but it’s definitely possible!

Post # 4
Member
558 posts
Busy bee

kittytwo :  There is a test for lactose intolerance and celiac disease (I have had both tests). These will tell you if you are “allergic” to certain foods, but not if you are just sensitive. For instance, I am lactose intolerant, but I do not have celiac disease. However, I do find that if I try to limit my gluten intake, I tend to feel better. 

To test for sensitivities, my doctor had me remove the main triggers from my diet (sugar, gluten, dairy, and I think soy?, its been a while… I just remember eating plain chicken and veggies) and slowly introduce them back, all while documenting my reaction. 

Post # 5
Member
3206 posts
Sugar bee

No dairy allergy but dairy makes me break out. I always say, if something doesn’t agree with you, don’t do it. If I were you, I would try cutting it out for a period of time and see what happens.

Post # 6
Member
4340 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I am gluten intolerant and my DD is celiac.  Hers was diagnosed after she was will ill, with blood work, and mine was process of elimination, after constant abdominal pains.

Post # 7
Member
172 posts
Blushing bee

I have celiac disease so my symptoms from gluten are totally different (diarrhea for hours followed by days of constipation, etc) and I was diagnosed because some family members have it. I have some intolerances that are really similar to what you’re describing. For instance I really don’t feel well when I have dairy or sugar–bloated, gassy, etc. I want to do a full elimination diet like PPs described to figure out the rest. 

Post # 8
Member
1722 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

kittytwo :  firstly, an allergy and intolerance are not the same! What you’re describing sounds like an intolerance. FI is celiac and I’m lactose intolerant (though still indulge in fairy occasionally). Pretty much any doctor is going to put you on an elimination diet to determine any food intolerances. You can do it yourself, though – check out the Whole 30. It’s a great resource for determining how certain food effect you. 

Post # 9
Member
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Elimination diet. 

I cannot eat dairy without getting super sick. Without, I am not bloated, and not sick for days. With, I am. 

Post # 11
Member
2032 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

kittytwo :  (not a dietician or a doctor, just someone who has looked up a lot of info on elimination diets)

I would recommend eliminating dairy and gluten (or wheat, they don’t 100% overlap) for roughly two weeks to one month. Once you want to reintroduce, take one full week for each item. First, try eating several bites and then see how you feel. If ok, the next day have more than that and wait another day or two. Finally, eat a decent amount of the food and monitor how you feel feel over two or three days. 

Try things separately. For example, cheese might affect you different than yogurt so you don’t want to confuse them. 

A serious medical condition, like chrohns, should be discussed with a doctor. The symptoms you describe don’t sound like that and are likely an intolerance, which is more “mild” in terms of symptoms and usually the only way to find out is via an elimination diet. 

Post # 12
Member
2032 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

In terms of time to feel a response, it depends on the person. Some people feel a reaction right away. But others don’t have any reactions for two days after. That’s why you should use a whole week to try reintroducing foods. 

Post # 14
Member
1619 posts
Bumble bee

I have both.  If it’s a true allergy, you can be tested.  If you have celiacs, you can also be tested but it involves actually ingesting gluten over a period of time – so if you have been abstaining you’ll need to reintroduce it.

If it’s simply an intolerance or possibly IBS related, it’s pretty much process of elimination. I’d been gluten-free for years due to it exacerbating my migraines and later developed other intolerances (although really, I had probably been experiencing them for years and a) didn’t realize my experience wasn’t normal, and b) ignoring many of the symptoms because cheese is delicious).  There are several types of elimination diets out there depending on what your symptoms are and  your best guesses are at the foods causing issue.  It’s probably best to do it under the supervision of a doctor.  I will warn you that depending on what you’re trying to guess for, you could feel worse.  I initially started with a celiac elimination diet and it turned out that I reacted to many of the foods that are supposedly safe for celiacs (legumes, many fruits, vegetables, etc.) and once we switched me over to an elimination diet for IBS and low-FODMAP I felt much better. 

Elimination diets usually have you on a baseline of foods generally regarded as safe with low allergen possibilities (turkey, rice, a handful of veggies and handful of fruits) for a few weeks and then slowly adding items in one by one about every three days and recording your reactions.  It’s a long, arduous process (anywhere from 3-6 months depending on your reactions).

Post # 15
Member
4340 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

It can take 6 weeks to get dairy out of your system I believe so if you try the elimination diet, it is not a short process.  

Leave a comment


Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors