Can I have a little gluten?

Gluten: May I have Just a Little Please?

Living a gluten-free lifestyle, many wonder if having just a little gluten is OK.


The quick and final answer is  . . .  NO!


Being gluten-free and passing by a pizza place, a bakery, or your favorite Chinese food restaurant, you think, just a little gluten will not hurt.


Hold on and stop right there!


Once you ingest that gluten, however yummy that bite may be, it will not be worth it.  For me, a crumb can knock me out from a day to a week before I feel better again. Not worth it! Just a little gluten is all it takes to knock you down again!


This is possibly a door we all

have to go through to

realize that a life of gluten-free eating


is really what we need to stay

on our road to health.


My dear sweet friend, Mary found out in her 80’s that she had Celiac Disease.  As you can imagine this was a huge adjustment.  She called me almost in tears, explaining her “I just had to” moment.


She depicted the scene where while shopping noticed a very delicious, tempting apple pie.  She kept walking by it, knowing that it was not gluten-free, but hearing that little voice in her head saying, “oh, just one taste, it will be so good”.  Oh, she thought she needed that pie and could have just a little gluten, right? You could just see the little devil sitting on her shoulder whispering in her ear!


gluten-free apple pie


In the end, she bought the pie, cut herself a piece, and instantly savored every bite.  All too quickly,  she realized she made a HUGE mistake.  Crying, and with a little of that oh-silly-me laughter of hers, she said, “Jenn, I will never do that again!”


Just a little bit of gluten did her NO GOOD. Poor Mary learned her lesson the hard way.


Just Say No


Celiac Disease is an auto-immune disease – which means that your body will attack itself when it feels it needs protecting.  When you eat gluten your body will attack to protect itself, possibly causing harm to parts of your body.


You may experience gas, bloating, belly ache, headache, muscle aches, or even extreme diarrhea.  Not so pleasant.  Of course, gluten affects each person differently.  Instead, you may experience brain fog, exhaustion or neuropathy (the numbing of your hands and/or feet).


Some people feel no effects immediately, but ultimately, they are hurting their internal organs, which down the road can become very serious.


You will have bumps in the road


Following your gluten-free diet, you will have bumps in the road.  You will learn where gluten is hidden.  But, intentionally eating just a little bit of gluten, or a lot will only cause you discomfort and harm. (Really make sure your teenagers know this!)


Additionally, if you have gluten-intolerance, you can have the same reaction.  So, the answer for you is also, “NO”.


So, instead of being tempted . . . .


call a friend,

go for a hike or a walk,

try out a new recipe to get your mind

over your craving.


Do not go back to eating gluten!



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This information is provided for educational and informational purposes only, to educate you about gluten-free living and as a self-help tool for your own use. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure. Use this information at your own risk based on your own judgment. Always seek the advice of your own Medical Provider regarding any questions or concerns you have about your specific health or any medications. This information is not allowed to be reproduced, replicated, or sold.

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13 Responses

  1. Great tips. Jim is doing better, but his meds are contributing to his problem. Staying gluten free isn't as difficult as we expected. There is so much available on the market. You are right about reading labels, though. What's with all the chemicals in the food?
    1. Glad you are having success finding gluten free foods Jim can eat! Yes, read those labels to make sure you are choosing healthy options. Just because it is gluten-free doesn't mean it is healthy! Also, check on his medications- many have gluten added to them- which can certainly cause problems. Good luck!
    1. Thanks for reading! So glad I was able to help. It can be very confusing figuring things out when you start living gluten-free. I don't want people to go through all I had to- which is why I started my business. Let me know if you have other questions and I will try to help. Hope you stop back!
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