I, an almost 1 year paleo fan, did a "gluten intolerance test" on my own. How?
As an extremely extreme person, who always asks "why", I wanted to refresh my motivation of whether or not eating gluten, grains and legumes.
For a month I eated a lot of bread, rice, lentils and beans. My results :
How I felt before this month : - full of energy - always ready for a workout - always having extreme sex drive - always self confident - always with perfect digestion - concentrated in work
How I feel now : - no energy, sleepy after meals - depression - no sex drive - no confidence, cos my belly is 3 times bigger and hurts after meals - no concentration, I always think of food, have bad cravings - have 3 pimples on my face : acne - have constipation
I tried hard to have a neutral mind, just not to turn the gluten intolerance as a mind problem. But the results are obvious. I gained weight, eat more than I need too, I am obsessed about food and have no joy.
My question to you is : Can gluten cause THIS kind of madness? Really? Am I gluten intolerant or is this just the adjusting after not having gluten for a year? Please share your experience :) I would be thankful :)
For a month I eated a lot of bread, rice, lentils and beans -- Only one of those have gluten in them.
Can gluten cause THIS kind of madness? -- If you have celiac's
Am I gluten intolerant? -- Statistically speaking, probably not
I am going to guess you were low carb before -- and then you carbed-up and gained some water weight. The rest are likely a combination of down-regulated enzymes and placebo effect.
Here's the good news though. You felt good eating whole foods. You don't feel good on high carb. So regardless of the precise why (you changed far too many variables), you got your answer, and know how to implement it.
Dude, I'm going to try to be nice about this...
First of all, that's some extremely extreme stuff!
If you want clear results, you're going to have to go back to full on Paleo for a month or two (or until you feel good again) and then continue eating Paleo with ONE EXCEPTION: Eat 2-4 slices of bread or other gluten source each day for a month or two (while still eating Paleo in every other way).
Then you will know if wheat itself is really that bad for you, or if you just jarred you system.
Jarring your body like that was a bad idea. Be careful with your temple. And if you do decide to do your experiment correctly, by all means please share your results with us. At this point, all we can do is try not to laugh at you, but if you do it right your results could be enlightening to many on these forums.
You would have to ignore what you were eating (ie: gluten-full food or not) during the test period, in order to take into account the placebo effect. Even the person giving you the food should ignore what she was giving you (double-blind testing).
Have you read the "Wheat Belly" book by Dr. Davis. There are lots of people who have given up the wheat and starches, who have not only lost lots of weight, but also have recovered from symptoms that were not "Celiac" related. There is also a wheat belly facebook page and the testimonials grow daily. If you feel better off the wheat and starches, then regardless of whether you are celiac or not, stick with your previous plan and don't let anyone discourage you. I've never been diagnosed as gluten intolerant but I've been three years gluten free and 1 1/2 Paleo. I've experimented several times and feel the best off grains and sugars.
If you want a more comprehensive self test, avoid wheat, barley and rye. These are your gluten grains. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Take care and as said above, the info you gain will help others.
I'm so confused by this post. Bread made of wheat flour contains gluten. Rice, lentils and beans do not, unless they are contaminating in the way they were processed or stored. So I'm not sure why there were included in your "test".