Originally Posted by Lefty5
I too wonder if its ALL or NOTHING, with this Gluten Free thing. Why can't we just "reduce" gluten and get "some" of the benefits?
I'm on my 5th day of no gluten and I feel AWFUL. Weak, fuzzy headed, can't concentrate, I'm kinda depressed and feel like I can cry easily - none of these is my norm. I'm also hungry all the time. This sucks.
I don't have celiac disease, I have perfect weight, and I feel fine on a regular basis. I'm experimenting with GF to see if it helps with some knee tendonitis and tinnitus in my ears. Hoping I can get over these withdrawal symptoms and begin to introduce gluten back in to my diet and still maintain some of the benefits (if I ever get any benefits in the first place!!!)
There is absolutely no benefits in wheat/rye/barley that gluten free grains don't provide. This withdrawal from Gluten you're having is extremely unusual, and you should see a doctor for it. What type of gluten-free grains were you eating as a substitute? If you eat any gluten, you will lose all the benefit of gluten free diet, assuming you have gluten sensitivity in the first place. In fact, it usually takes months for your body to recover from the damage done by gluten.
BTW, some cases of Celiac disease cause sub-clinical symptoms, like occasional digestion issues, so you can continue eating gluten without becoming "seriously" ill, but when it comes to sports, even small issues can severely impact your performance.