I went out to my roommates Chinese restaurant last Thursday and had just a wee bit of gluten. A little bit of the chicken that was in a stew I ordered was fried. Five days later, I'm still feeling like junk. My energy is zapped and I'm just kind of chugging along. How long does recovery usually take you folks?
I've heard Robb Wolf talk about your gut taking 14-15 days to repair itself after ingesting gluten.
I've noticed for myself that it takes anywhere from 48 hours to 5 days to recover. It depends on what I eat, how much, and the ratios of carbs/protein/fat.
I do notice that I get rid of the symptoms a lot faster if I take something along the lines of the NOW foods super enzyme (Robb Wolf's protocol --> not the label instructions). Not that I recommend ingesting gluten, the last couple times I had it haven't been fun. I also do a damage control of fish oil just to get rid of the inflammatory symptoms
Even with those add-ons though, I've noticed I have less and less of a tolerance for gluten. A hamburger bun isn't likely to bother me, but the second we talk about pizza, donuts, or any fried/oily food that is high gluten I am going to be miserable for a while.
I find it's a lot better if I just accept the fact that I'm gluten intolerant, that my body doesn't like it, and that I eat corn tortillas, rice or something that gives me the benefit of a "cheat", without all of the associated hassle.
I do find it interesting though, that I went from eating a carb heavy SAD diet to a protein/fat heavy diet and suddenly I have all of these gluten intolerance symptoms when I eat it. I wonder how bad my body was really messed up....
It usually takes me 48 hours. But it also depends on my fat and protein ratios as well as the amount of water I drink. I think some people are more sensitive than others. I did a cursory search on the celiac site and found that a lot of people can take months to recover from a gluten cheat. You may have also ingested crappy oils and a host of other things.
I'm finding that eating at restaurants is becoming increasingly difficult as I have no idea all the "little" things that comprise the overall meal. Since going paleo I have not had one dining experience that hasn't left me sick - no matter what I order.
I have EATL (a bad, bad Lymphoma) and I've had the emergency bowel surgery and 8 rounds of Chemo. I lost 63 pounds but gained it all back (208 - 145 - 208) and had been back at the gym 5 days per week and doing great. I'm Celiac and eat paleo. I, by accident had a delicious steak a week ago at a great restaurant. It must have been spiced with whaet starch and MSG. Both seem deadly to my system. That's 7 days ago that I'm still in "the rut". I have levelled off at what I think is the lowest point of this rut but it'll likely take me another week or more to pull out. Cheating isn't worth it for anybody that will listen.
I'm non-celiac gluten intolerant; when I get badly glutenized (if I break down and have a doughnut or a couple pieces of pizza) I'm usually bloated the next three afternoon/evenings (for some reason I'm usually ok in the morning).
This is an interesting question. When I was starting paleo, I used to have scheduled cheats every two weeks (epic ones, believe me), I certainly didn't feel "normal" the next day. I skipped breakfast next day and ate lightly (low carb and also low fat) and I felt fine in 1 or 2 days (I also saw some weight drops with this method, but not after the last few cheats). I also think the weird feeling on the following day might have been to a some degree mental, as I wasn't IF:ing back then and skipping breakfast was REALLY not something I was used to, especially if I had to go to work.
I've had only one cheat since Christmas (company party, it was a sushi buffet and alcohol, probably low gluten though), and I have no big intention to back to intentional/scheduled cheating. I do not crave burgers or any seriously "junky" food. I'm in the mindstate of "when its truly worth it" :)I do have some sort of cravings for ice cream. I haven't had any since Christmas, and I have lost some weight, and I certainly know I COULD have some without doing any serious damage.
But all this "14 days" or even "several months"-talk kind of worries me, as I've also read about some people who have become more badly affected by cheats/non-paleo meals, after having eaten clean&paleo for a good period of time without cheating. I think I will be more careful, even with "worth it"-cheats, like choosing gluten free ice cream, if I feel like rewarding myself or something.
I know this fixation to ice cream might sound weird. I know. It's like the Ben&Jerry pints have been calling my name on the frozen items-section at the supermarket for a while now....
The allergy-like symptoms usually go away within 24 hours if I eat clean and take extra probiotics. The digestive symptoms tend to stick around a little longer, as much as 3 days even with the probiotics. I haven't experienced really terrible symptoms if I get a bit if gluten, but I do not like the stiffness and soreness in my knees and such when I eat gluten, so I don't think I will knowingly do it anymore. Eating out would be something I would really miss though if I could never do it without getting sick.
I am non-celiac gluten intolerant and it takes me an average of 6 days before all inflammation is gone. Gluten takes a toll on my digestive system, my joints, and oh, the migraines that follow a cheat. I feel like I have flu and chronic fatigue is overwhelming. Why I ever cheat when I feel like that is beyond me! My 'falls' are generally when I have not planned ahead or convince myself that a cheat is worth it.....It really isn't.
I don't have an official celiac diagnosis, but I am most definitely gluten intolerant. If I eat gluten, I will feel it in my gut within the next two days, along with exhaustion, brain fog, irritability, sharp pains in my intestinal tract and joint pain. Since eating paleo, the last gluten cheat cost me almost two weeks to recover from.