I remain intrigued by this whole gluten free fad, and the many people who claim it improved their lives significantly. I'm less interested in the weight loss aspects of it than I am the general well-being. (For otherwise healthy people, I mean, not celiac sufferers.) The reports of aches and pains going away, the increased energy, minor chronic conditions clearing up, and so on. Two questions about it come to mind though: 1) Does an otherwise healthy person need to be hypervigilant about it -- checking ingredients, insuring against cross contamination, and so on -- to gain the benefits of it? Or can one just concentrate on the bigger picture of cutting out obvious sources of gluten and not sweat the small stuff and still see significant gains? It's one thing to cut out bread and cereal and the like and replace it with other ordinary food, but quite another to worry about hidden sources of gluten and trace amounts of it in everything under the sun. The former seems doable, the latter seems too onerous a way to live unless gluten is making you very sick or something. 2) Did those who go gluten free and see benefits also cut out sugar and other bad stuff for them at the same time? I'm suspicious of these people who attribute going gluten free with dramatic improvements in their life, when it also turns out they gave up every other damn thing that might be bad for them at the same time. In short, I guess I'm asking: is just cutting out bread and pasta, etc. enough to feel like a million bucks, or does one have to do a complete and radical overhaul of every aspect of their diet to see real benefits? Is it the kind of like exercise, where a little bit can still help a lot and the more you can do the better, or a different type of thing? I'd love to hear folks experiences with going gluten-free. Please share.