Naturally, one of the best ways to monitor whether or not you’re gluten-free is how you feel, particularly if you’re highly in tune with how your body reacts to gluten. If you’re vigilantly following a gluten-free diet with accuracy, you can be fairly sure, almost 100 percent. But there may be times when you’re just not certain. When you don’t feel well, it’s often natural to wonder if you consumed gluten somewhere or if you’re simply experiencing similar, unrelated symptoms. It can be a time of confusion as well as frustration. Perhaps your vigilance steered a bit off course or someone inadvertently made a mistake in a restaurant.
However, living gluten-free is all about establishing realistic expectations, and there will be times throughout your life when you won’t be 100 percent sure. But if you’re following the strict guidelines without any deviation from the diet, you can be fairly sure you’re eating gluten-free. Even if you experience a bout of illness associated with cross-contamination, you are eating gluten-free overall and that is what you should strive for.
As you follow the diet and begin to heal, your physician may order follow-up blood tests or even a biopsy after several months. The blood tests can provide you with a clear-cut scientific reading on how you’re doing on the diet. Even with an isolated case of cross-contamination or noncompliance, your gluten antibody levels should be where they need to be if you’re following a gluten-free diet closely on a daily basis.