I also had to eliminate non-gluten grains to feel well. When I was first diagnosed I found that I couldn't have sorghum, quinoa, or even much rice (they made me nauseous and feverish, just like the gluten grains). Teff and amaranth caused me to break out in a huge rash.
The good news is that as my body healed on the GF diet I've seen those reactions decrease. I can now have a full serving of quinoa or rice, with no reaction. This summer I accidentally ate some of a pizza crust that included sorghum with no reaction. I'm still nervous, but happy to see the improvement. More variety is always good!
You might look at your diet for hidden gluten. For example, many BBQ sauces (usually not vinegar based ones, though) include modified food starch. Some spice brands are not GF. Many thicker salad dressings (like Ranch) include modified food starch. I bought a grocery shopping guide from www.triumphdining.com when I was first diagnosed that helped me sort out safe foods. They also have a restaurant guide that is wonderful if you like to eat out (although no guarantee of a safe meal - you still need to inform the servers, ask lots of questions, and trust your instincts if something doesn't seem right).
If eating out, cross-contamination is a HUGE issue. I also got sick eating an Udi's sandwich once. I was one of the first customers of the day, and watched the woman make the sandwich. I have no idea where the gluten could have come from, but I was definitely sick. As a result I don't go to that restaurant any longer. These days restaurants love to add GF menus or notations on their regular menu. The folks who track these things have promised restaurants 17% higher profits if they cater to the GF market. However that doesn't mean that they take the responsibility seriously. There is a restaurant nearby that has a few items marked on their menu as GF. One was fries, one was some sort of lettuce wrap. I asked the server about these. Are the fries cooked in a dedicated fryer so they don't get contaminated with gluten? Does the lettuce wrap filling contain soy sauce (which usually is made with wheat)? She came back to me with, "No. The kitchen staff said we're not THAT careful. We just wanted to point out items that don't include wheat flour..."
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