Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.
Yes indeed, i read ALL labels. And even to the point of eliminating food that were only on the MIGHT be bad list. I read for Maltodextrin and eliminated it for months, only to realize that it can be derived from corn and if it is derived from wheat, it HAS to be labeled. The FDA is certainly helping matters.
I have really tried to watch the marinades and sauces (soy sauce was a surprise). I knew that those would be a problem early on when i made a healthy taco salad. I had corn tostitos and ground turkey and lettuce and tomatoes and cheese...and come to find out the taco seasoning that i put on the ground turkey was the culprit to my fetal position. i am not sure how the gluten affects you, we are all different, but for me it is nearly instant and I feel like i have ingested a toxin and i just have to wait it out. I can usually tell with in a half hour of eating and it lasts for 3-4 hours. I think it takes a few days to fully get out of my system. that is possibly why you have never fully reaped the benefits of being totally free.
I know it sounds like a pain, and it is. But you are certainly in the right direction with the whole foods and trader joes. If you want, i can give you some of my favorite brands of things to look for. I also am starting to think that I am loosing weight from the "diet." And that can't be too bad. you know? I can honestly say it has taken a few months of being totally free for the diet to stick and for me to notice a difference. There have been hickups along the way, but for the most part, it has really helped with my fibro and i am actually able to excercise again and not take naps. I don't know if it is all the diet, but i do feel better.