Once you eliminate gluten from your diet, it’s expected you will no longer experience the uncomfortable symptoms you once had associated with ingesting gluten. It’s commonly reported that people feel like a new person after adopting a gluten-free diet. If you have eliminated gluten from your diet but you still don’t feel your best at times, there may be another problem that hasn’t been discovered.
Consult your doctor for appropriate guidance, but it could be something as simple as:
• You may be getting traces of gluten somewhere, perhaps through cross-contamination in packaged food products. Double-check your vigilance to the diet.
• It’s common to suspect that, when you feel bad after eating a meal at a restaurant, you could have ingested gluten via cross contamination. While it’s possible this may have occurred, you may be reacting to an ingredient you’ve never tried before that disagrees with you, or it could be a poor food handling issue.
• Some people experience chronic constipation as a symptom of their gluten intolerance. However, if constipation remains a problem after being gluten-free for a period of time, it could be a sign of not getting enough exercise and fiber in the diet.
• You may be experiencing reactions to other foods you have not yet eliminated from your diet because you haven’t realized they’re the cause. You may not know about the other food sensitivity because its symptoms were masked or overridden by the symptoms associated with gluten.