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The Psychology of Eating Gluten Free EP045

We all just want to fit in, so it can be embarrassing to have special needs when it comes to your diet. Whether you are gluten-free, Paleo, or suffering from food allergies, a feeling of isolation is not uncommon. After all, you have to eat differently from the rest of your friends, family, or colleagues—and that makes you stand out. You run the risk of being perceived as picky or annoying, when the truth is that certain foods are toxic to your system!

Today the Gluten Free RN speaks to the psychology of eating gluten-free, explaining the sense of disbelief many gluten-sensitive individuals feel when the food they love turns out to be poison. She discusses ‘food ideology’ and why changing your diet can be so challenging.

Nadine also covers the doubt, mocking, and even anger that celiac and gluten-sensitive individuals face, offering suggestions for building connections with a like-minded, gluten-free community. Listen in as she outlines her approach to dating on a Paleo diet and reassuring family and friends who find a gluten-free diet too restrictive for kids. Learn to be your own best advocate and resist the social pressure to eat the standard American diet!    

What’s Discussed:

Why gluten sensitive patients must be willing to experiment

  • Learn how body works best
  • Identify foods that allow body to heal
  • Pinpoint foods that cause symptoms

A downtown Corvallis business owner’s testimonial

  • Couldn’t get doctor to test for celiac disease
  • Family gave hard time
  • Gluten-free for year
  • Bloating, abdominal pain went away
  • Head clear

How to research the possibility that gluten is causing your symptoms

  • Search PubMed
  • Use both spellings (celiac, coeliac)

Why people are resistant to diet change

  • Subscribe to particular food ideology
  • Media, social pressure to eat standard American diet

The difficulty around getting a celiac diagnosis

The value of preventative medicine

Dating on a gluten-free diet

  • Look for someone open to new ideas
  • Nadine’s partner is supportive, willing to change
  • On food path together
  • Health benefits whether celiac or not

The human need to be part of a community

  • Celiac patients may feel isolated from family, at work/school
  • Find ‘your people’ (gluten-free support group, cross-fit gym)

The global shift to a Western diet

  • Export fast food to world
  • Increased consumption of wheat, barley, rye and oats

Why Nadine recommends a Whole30 diet

  • Remove all grains, dairy, alcohol and sugar
  • Eat meat and fish, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables
  • Allows body to reboot
  • Evaluate how you feel

The narcotic-like effect of gluten on the brain

  • Comfort foods (pasta, pizza) contain wheat, dairy
  • Cause chemical reaction in brain

Nadine’s recent experience in hospitals

  • Only nutrient-deficient, packaged foods available
  • Offerings toxic, full of sugar

Nadine’s rules around ingredients in packaged foods

  • Five ingredients or less
  • Must be able to picture every ingredient

Why people on a gluten-free diet are reluctant to tell others

  • Don’t want to be difficult, needy
  • Don’t want to call attention, be seen as ‘other’
  • May be questioned or face anger, mocking
  • Demoralizing to go to restaurant, grocery store (can’t eat 90%)

How to approach neighbors or family who view a gluten-free diet as too restrictive for kids

  • Ensure that kids are healthy, thriving
  • Let them know ‘not missing out’

The psychology of denial

  • Some celiac patients believe okay to cheat
  • Bread crumb, dusting of flour can cause autoimmune response

Nadine’s opposition to a gluten challenge

  • Can cause organ damage
  • Some never recover

The genes that indicate a predisposition to celiac disease

  • HLA-DQ2
  • HLA-DQ8

Resources:

 

Books by Dr. Rodney Ford

PubMed

The Whole30 Program

Nima Sensor

EZ Gluten Test Strips

Connect with Nadine: 

Instagram

Facebook

Contact via Email

‘Your Skin on Gluten’ on YouTube

Melodies of the Danube Gluten-Free Cruise with Nadine

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Why a Gluten Challenge is NOT Recommended EP032

You don’t have to prove to anyone that you have celiac disease proper. Because food functions as both medicine and poison, it is important to have all the facts before you get talked into a gluten challenge … and the fact is, going back on gluten after you have adopted a gluten-free diet will cause organ damage.

The Gluten Free RN speaks to the motivation behind doing a gluten challenge, the consequences for celiac and gluten sensitive patients, and her work as a patient advocate to discourage people from being talked into a gluten challenge. She offers a detailed risk versus reward analysis of braving a gluten challenge, explaining how the maintenance of a gluten-free diet prevents the development of celiac disease and other autoimmune disorders.

Nadine also covers the unreliable nature of celiac testing in the US, where the medical community lacks savvy in interpreting results, and explains why biopsy results are no longer considered the gold standard of celiac testing. Listen in to understand the recommended diet for those who have adopted a gluten-free lifestyle and why it requires a long-term commitment. Get armed with information and protect yourself and your family from the dangerous, irreversible consequences of a gluten challenge!

What’s Discussed: 

The gluten free lifestyle

  • Involves long-term change
  • Can’t take days off

 Why you should be cautious of restaurants with a gluten-free menu

  • Very few actually deliver gluten-free meal
  • Employees may not understand contamination, cross-contamination

 The advantages of living in the Northwest US

 Nadine’s recommendations re: food options

  • Organic produce
  • Grass-fed meat
  • Whole foods produced locally

 The misguided reason why people do a gluten challenge

  • Want to prove presence of celiac disease
  • You don’t have to prove to anyone, especially if HLA-DQ2 or HLA-DQ8 gene carrier
  • 30-50% of population has genetic predisposition to celiac disease

 The value of a gluten-free diet in preventative medicine

  • Averts celiac disease and associated issues
  • Prevents other autoimmune disorders
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Sjögren’s
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • MS
  • ALS

 What it means to do a gluten challenge

  • Targets patients who have adopted a gluten-free diet
  • Requires they consume gluten (2-6 slices of bread/day)

 The consequences of a gluten challenge on celiac and gluten sensitive patients

  • Seizures
  • GI bleeds
  • Appearance of bowel cancer, bone cancer
  • Inability to get out of bed
  • Organ damage

 The risks vs. rewards of enduring a gluten challenge

  • No benefit other than proving presence of celiac disease
  • Can be thrown into refractory celiac disease (permanent, irreversible damage to intestines)

 Why Nadine would never do a gluten challenge

 Why biopsy results are no longer considered the gold standard of celiac testing

  • Often misinterpreted, read incorrectly
  • Damage can be patchy

 Why an antibody panel can be unreliable in identifying celiac disease

  • Takes time for body to mount autoimmune response
  • 70% false negative nationwide

 How long it takes to obtain celiac diagnosis

  • Two to three weeks in countries where medical community is savvy about celiac disease
  • Nine to 15 years in US

 Nadine’s advice around celiac testing

 The enduring nature of celiac disease

  • Doesn’t go away
  • Children don’t grow out of it

 Nadine’s nutrition guidelines for celiac patients

  • Gluten- and dairy-free
  • Ideally Paleo
  • Nutrient dense foods

 Nadine’s work as a patient advocate

  • Seeks to help people stay healthy, avoid illness/disease
  • Patients get lives back, active and thriving

Resources:

Whole Foods

Natural Grocers

First Alternative Co-op

LifeSource Co-op

Cyrex Laboratories

LabCorp

EnteroLab

Connect with Nadine: 

Instagram

Facebook

Contact via Email

‘Your Skin on Gluten’ on YouTube

Melodies of the Danube Gluten-Free Cruise with Nadine

Books by Nadine:

Dough Nation: A Nurse’s Memoir of Celiac Disease from Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism