We're going gluten free

United States
February 18, 2017 7:45pm CST
I'm not at all excited about the idea, but we're going to give it a try. My husband has had some stomach issues his whole life. I always chocked it up to IBS and he's just dealt with it. Over the past few years it seems to have gotten worse. I made him go to the doctor awhile back. The doctor told him to eat more fiber.. so he did.. and the results were horrifying, I won't go into detail! Then I thought maybe he's lactose intolerant. His symptoms seem worse after macaroni and cheese, ice cream, buttered popcorn, etc. But avoiding these foods still isn't helping. Lately his problems seem to happen almost daily.. so I did a bit of research to see what he could do to help, and I stumbled across the symptoms of celiac disease. He has most of these symptoms.. So we're going to give it a try for awhile and see if it makes any difference. Sadly I am hoping it doesn't help.. gluten free foods are so expensive! I've yet to find out how they taste.. we're doing a gluten free pasta one day this week, so I'll soon find out!
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@PatZAnthony (11726)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Feb
They can be expensive, so we make some of our own. It also seems some don't need to be without gluten as much as they need to avoid bug spray/glyphosate, brought to us by Monsanto! Some here can have organic with no issues. One favors Dave's Killer Bread.
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• United States
19 Feb
Going organic wouldn't be any cheaper than going gluten free.. and I have 4 kids to feed, so I have to find the most inexpensive way to feed us all.
@much2say (34365)
• United States
21 Feb
We haven't gone full on gluten free . . . but we try to buy gluten free whenever possible. My husband and daughter have skin issues which could be gluten related. I know gluten free stuff is expensive, but it's been going down since there is more of it these days. For us, the best gluten free pasta has been brown rice pasta - particularly a brand called Tinkyada. We have disliked the texture and taste of other kinds of gluten free ones. But leftovers are not good - nor in chilled recipes like pasta salads. We have a couple friends who went completely gluten free and they say it was life changing for them.
• United States
21 Feb
We still haven't tried any of the gluten free things.. we've been a bit lazy and went out to eat instead of cooking, then last night I made hot dogs and I have no idea what hubby ate. Our heat isn't working so he's been so focused on that..
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@much2say (34365)
• United States
26 Feb
@katsmeow1213 Ah, well I know some restaurants have gluten free options now . .. but I think you have to pay a little extra for it. Bread is a hard one for gluten free . . . I have yet to taste gluten free bread that I really like. I'm pretty sure there is gluten free hot dog buns - just more expensive. Hope you got your heat back!
• United States
26 Feb
@much2say Heat is working okay now. I didn't like the gluten free pasta at all, and neither did hubby. We once tried gluten free brownies and were not impressed.
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@shaggin (25101)
• United States
19 Feb
Your husbands stomach sounds very much like mine was when I was young. Any time my mother took me to doctors they just brushed everything off. Aldis has some gluten free foods. There is a discount food store near me that sells tons of gluten free foods for very low cost but that doesn't help you any :-/
• United States
19 Feb
You know they have Aldi's everywhere, right? LOL But I actually hate that store.. I do all my shopping at Wegman's and they carry their own generic version of gluten free things... but it's still more expensive than just buying regular stuff.
@shaggin (25101)
• United States
19 Feb
@katsmeow1213 Yep I know Aldi's are all over I meant the other discount food store near me that is cheaper but is to far to be of use for you. I have shopped at wegmans and know they have a pretty large selection of gluten free and vegan and organic etc. I agree most of it isn't to terribly more expensive but still is more costly then regular stuff.
• United States
19 Feb
@shaggin Well the gluten free pasta I bought was $2 a pound, but regular pasta is $0.75 per pound. That and I just couldn't come up with enough dinner ideas to get us through a whole week. I did end up buying a couple meals that aren't gluten free and he'll just have to find something else those nights.
• United States
19 Feb
I hope going gluten will work for you all. :)
• United States
19 Feb
It just has to work for him.. the rest of us don't have the issues he does.. but I will be interested to see if the gluten free meals make the rest of us feel any different.
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• United States
19 Feb
@katsmeow1213 If that is the last choice to go gluten, and it works! That will be good :) And it'll be good to see if anything happens with the rest of you too, maybe healthier but it'l be pricey!
• United States
19 Feb
@infatuatedbby That's why I'm hoping it doesn't work, I'd rather not spend more on groceries than I already do.
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@DianneN (57207)
• United States
19 Feb
My daughter in law had some issues, but went gluten free, rather than having to take medication. It worked quite well for her. I hope it helps your husband.
• United States
19 Feb
It will be nice if we can find a solution to his problems.. but it will be hard to go gluten free, not to mention expensive!
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@DianneN (57207)
• United States
19 Feb
@katsmeow1213 Im sure it will be hard and expensive. Perhaps his doctor can do some tests to see what is really going on with him to either confirm or rule out celiac disease. That is an awful thing to have, and I sincerely hope he doesn't have that! We have a friend here in Florida who is going through testing right now.
• United States
19 Feb
@DianneN He's been to the doctor about it, but the doctor didn't seem too concerned.. he just said to eat more fiber and try some pills. We've already tried to rule out certain things ourselves, like lactose intolerance (which is still a possibility, but it's not the only thing going on) and hubby doesn't really want to go through numerous tests and multiple doctor visits. I guess if we get to a point where everything we've tried still doesn't work then he can go see about some testing.. but it's easiest to work on the diet first and go from there.
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@JudyEv (96241)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb
My daughter-in-law is very allergic to gluten even a crumb or two will upset here. Cross-contamination is also an issue - using the same knife for cutting both types of bread for instance. If your husband is coeliac and going off gluten helps, it will be doubly as bad if he goes back to it. And I don't think it will help much just to cut out some foods. You might find you have to go totally gluten free. Good luck with finding a solution.
• United States
19 Feb
He is going to go gluten free for at least a week to see what happens. If it seems to help then he will stay gluten free. It will take some adjusting to.. But I'm hoping it's not the gluten!
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@JudyEv (96241)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb
@katsmeow1213 It is a real pain. Eating out becomes very difficult because of the contamination issue.
• United States
19 Feb
@JudyEv I can imagine. I know a couple people that are gluten free and the kind of issues they have. One girl in the band is gluten free. We had a band picnic, and the parents were handing out the food. I was doing the buns and cheese for the burgers. The girl said I can't touch her cheese because my hands touched buns..
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@paigea (21001)
• Canada
22 Feb
Can one be tested for celiac disease?
• United States
22 Feb
Yes but his doctor isn't interested in testing him for anything. Just wants him to take pills and eat fiber
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@paigea (21001)
• Canada
22 Feb
@katsmeow1213 that is unfortunate
@maezee (26614)
• United States
27 Feb
Good luck hope it goes well. I have a few coworkers who are celiac and its a challenge but they have gotten used to it. I notice more and more brands of Gluten Free items at places such as Aldi. Let us know how it goes!
• United States
27 Feb
He really didn't like the gluten free stuff... he sort of went off the gluten free diet.. but I'm not sure it was gluten related anyway. He had a ton of pizza over the weekend and it didn't bother him.
@LoriAMoore (9542)
• United States
19 Feb
I want to hear how this turns out.
• United States
19 Feb
I'll let you know. He hasn't made the switch yet.. he was thinking of starting tomorrow. He's been slightly more mindful of gluten for the past few days since we discussed it, and he hasn't seemed to have had any problems yet.
@just4him (88712)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Feb
There are many gluten free foods and if you shop at Aldi, which I think is all gluten free, the prices are also good. As far as taste, there is no difference. I've had many gluten free foods and didn't even realize they were gluten free until I saw it on the label. I'm finding I need to go gluten free as well.
• United States
19 Feb
Yes it might help with your problems as well.
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@KrauseHome (33210)
• United States
19 Feb
The good thing is, that more and more foods are out there now and even some spices, etc that are now Gluten Free, I sell Jerky and carry a brand where all their Jerky is gluten free and actually I love it. It might be a better choice to try and adapt to foods like this as you can.
• United States
19 Feb
Thankfully I'm not going gluten free myself. I couldn't survive. I love bread and pasta. I'm not much of a meat eater.. I could easily go vegetarian if I chose, but making dietary changes are hard when you have a family.. and we have 4 kids to feed. So we have to compromise.
@stbrians (11841)
• Kakamega, Kenya
19 Feb
For health sake we find ourselves doing what we never expected to do. I wish him quick recovery
• United States
19 Feb
Yes, and as we're getting older, eating healthier has to become more of a priority.. so sad!