POLL: Do you follow a gluten-free diet?

Do you follow a gluten-free diet?
YES - Completely! - 34.6%
MOSTLY - I cheat occasionally (but not more than once or twice per month) - 15.4%
NO - I tried it but it didn't help me. - 7.7%
NO - Yuck! I can't live without gluten! - 42.3%

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 40
   Posted 4/24/2009 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Being gluten-free is tough, but I definitely see an improvement in my symptoms. Who else here has gone gluten-free?

Angela, age 43
dx Ulcerative Proctitis 2008 after colonoscopy
dx Crohn's 2009 after small capsule endoscopy
Symptoms on and off for more than 10 years
Currently taking no medications
Gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar diet
VSL/probiotics, MorEPA, B Vitamins, Folic acid, Vit C, Vit D, Turmeric, Ginger, Selenium, Mushroom

Veteran Member

Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 1343
   Posted 4/24/2009 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been 100% SCD (which includes being gluten-free) since 12/01/08. I find it pretty easy to follow overall.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Current Meds: Humira since 7/08, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, B-Complex, Vitamins D, E, & K, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 2 foods

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1665
   Posted 4/24/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been 100% for 15 months and it has completely changed my health. I am a true believer!
49 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 111
   Posted 4/26/2009 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Tried it prior to being diagnosed, and it didn't help.

Of course, it also didn't help that my pig of a roommate ate all my gluten-free desserts! nono
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently taking: Azathioprine, tramadol, welchol, promethazine
Surgeries: Cholecystectomy (2007)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 510
   Posted 4/26/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wheat free, but don't care to avoid gluten in things like salad dressings/soups/etc. The problem for me was digesting the fiber matrix of the wheat, not the gluten itself, particularly of white bread--couldn't even eat that in remission. So when I went off of medication I just cut out of the bread and most of its byproducts. Definitely helped. Also just forces you to eat healthier in general. I also believe low corn syrup/sugar is a big help.
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 529
   Posted 4/26/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
There is no way I could cut gluten out of my diet, I have such a hard time controlling myself around foods I love. Well, I suppose I COULD, but I think I'd go crazy watching what I eat that much! It's amazing that all of you guys have so much self control though, I really admire that!

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Date Joined Oct 2004
Total Posts : 2088
   Posted 4/27/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Until I cut gluten out of my diet, it took me 24 hours to recover from a 400 yard walk to the post office. A week later, I had twice the energy, and my stomach problems had abated (somewhat). Since then, every time I have gluten, I know about it. It is just poison to me. skull yeah
idea I'll say one thing about being on a dairy-free and gluten-free diet - it fairly makes it easier to cut out unhealthy food, because virtually all commercially processed food is off the menu. I look at most people's mass produced foodstuffs diet, and I think, "How unhealthy that is ! How can they eat that sugary fatty cr@p !"

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 455
   Posted 4/27/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
ohh yeah i'm a cheater and magically I can sure tell when It is in there:)
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
No meds ever.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1753
   Posted 4/27/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I am for the most part. I really try to avoid it because I do notice that when I cheat I feel worse. I definitely believe it helps.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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