You’ve just been diagnosed with Coeliac disease, your doctor tells you it’s fine, don’t worry. All you have to do is avoid gluten. He says it’s really easy these days, and points you in the direction of a dietition, or the NHS prescription foods list. I have first hand knowledge of this situation. Further on, i’m going to tell you exactly why you should not be tempted to follow their advice.
When you visit the gastroenterologist or the dietition, they will no doubt tell you that your gluten intolerance is a result of your flattened villi and they may show you a picture to illustrate this. Then they may say that if you continue on a gluten free diet for 6 to 12 months your villi will heal. This may be true, but what they don’t tell you is that the gluten free food they recommend will not let you heal. To heal fully, not only have you got to not eat gluten ,but you must also not eat MSG, vegetable oil, nuts, and any grains including rice. A good thing would be to not eat processed sugar, in fact do not eat anything processed at all.
I’ve seen people wandering around the gluten free section of the supermarket not really knowing what to buy. I feel like telling them not to buy any of it, but I have tried this tact in the past with my cries falling on deaf ears. The disturbing fact of why people do not want to listen, is they’re stuck in the rut of wanting to eat what they’re used to eating. Examples are; bread, pasta, cereals, and even Bisto.
Unless you can completely change the way you eat, you are doomed to being ill. Not only as bad as you feel right now, but most probably an increasing array of worsening symptoms.
The problem with gluten free packet foods is they are processed, and this means there’s going to be ingredients that your gut cannot tolerate.
Processed food is junk food – even if it is Gluten Free
Ingredients which include polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s), monosodium glutamate (MSG), refined sugar, preservatives, flavourings, the list goes on. All these substances are not only difficult to digest, but can also cause more harm to your healing gut lining.
Even if you are not eating processed/manufactured gluten free products and you are eating alternative grains, then beware because grains (and nuts) contain a myriad of anti-nutrients. From phytic acid, and lectins, to peptides with various other harmful proteins, sugars, or toxic prolamines hidden inside so called healthy grains.
Processed foods, grains, vegetable oils, are difficult for even the healthiest gut to digest. Then there are the various manufactured sugars which cause or exacerbate inflammation. This is why years of eating manufactured food will inevitably take it’s toll and lead to gut distress. As you are now at the point where your gut is distressed, you will need to be ultra careful.
Don’t despair though, you can heal your gut. I’ve been diagnosed with Coeliac disease, and have had a multitude of gut problems throughout my life. Thankfully, since I changed my diet my symptoms are almost non existent, and I am gradually getting better.