Yeah...testing was not the biggest issue for me. I KNEW this is what I had just from reading the list of symptoms. I had a lot too, that I never had heard before. Celiac.com has a lot of info and food lists also.
Purging like that is necessary, yet at the same time it's disheartening. I won't lie to you, I went through a significant period of mourning when I realized I had to cut wheat out of my diet. But the good thing is that the carb cravings will go away, there are alternatives to most things if you really need them, and once you're GF you'll feel so much better.
This is another awesome book about living GF, I found it to have lots of great information:
"The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide" by Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Yesterday, after online researching "what was up" with this gluten thing, then I got that Celiac Disease book & started reading...
OMG. Um, YEAH. I'd come here and joined the Team for further support/ info and got confirmation that my reaction to corn was common enough, too, but that BOOK? The things it mentions is blowing my mind. I hadn't mentioned I also have Raynaud's Phenomenon (since a child--I also have congental lupus, which I mentioned) and oh, you know, about 85% of the stuff they mention! I always joke that I'm "self-diagnosed ADHD?" Bad memory? Just "everything."
So...I went home, took that tub of couscous out and gave it to my father ;p I dug through my fridge and removed a couple of things that I was unsure about. I dug into my pantry and removed the barley and spelt flours (had NO idea they're really wheat--not that I was trying to avoid it when I bought them) and brought them in for a coworker who bakes. I also removed my package of black liquorice (wah!). I can have one for weeks but apparently: gluten! Off to work it went, too.
I'm on day 2 of learning :) Thanks to everybody who welcomed me and shared their experiences!
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