I've been strict paleo for almost a year. The few times I've "cheated," and consumed very small amounts of gluten, I've gotten pretty ill. The symptoms included headache, joint ache, and upset stomach, as well as a change in mood. This makes me nervous because I plan on going back into the military after college, and I know from experience that gluten avoidance is near impossible.
I'm wondering if anyone else has had a similar dilemma, and what there means to overcoming it was.
I am currently considering consuming a beer or two per week so that I can (enjoyably) regain some tolerance for gluten, and avoid becoming ill when I am forced to eat it regularly again. I also realize I can resume paleo again once I finish training, my main concern is being able to perform through a rigorous selections process initially upon reentry.
Thanks in advance, and apologies if this has already been asked, I could not find any similar questions.
I was just listening to an early Robb Wolf podcast and he addressed a very similar question (the last 5 min. or so of episode 6). I think it was for someone that was getting deployed. He said that maybe they should eat a piece of toast or cookie or something regularly to keep a minor level of gut irritation so they didn't get the trots in the middle of a combat situation after eating an MRE. But that was the only situation he could think of where it made sense to do so. Otherwise it can generally be avoided.
Sinn have you been checked for celiac disease? Your symptoms might well reveal that you have this condition. I am no expert in military issues but I am sure that if you had a disease that forces you to eat gluten free, that would be respected, even at a training period. Someone with a military background could confirm this...
Celiac is a disqualifying medical condition
(3) Intestinal malabsorption syndromes, including postsurgical and idiopathic (579).
They will not cater to you.