Personal Food Revolution #4: Tired, Gassy and Moody? Could It Be Gluten?

Topics: Wellness and Health

One of the best ways to help people transform their lives and create their own food revolution is to write my patients’ stories: this is #4 of 7.*

Terri is a 38 year old who traces her tummy problems back to high school. She has had off and on again fatigue, cramping, gas, bloating and mood swings. She has seen 11 doctors, and been told she is a “diagnostic dilemma” and has “atypical bowel syndrome.”

Terry has celiac disease, an auto-immune reaction to gluten. Celiac is caused by—and can be cured by—what you eat.

Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye and barley but is often hidden. Spelt and triticale have wheat, millet does not. Most blue cheese and soy sauce are off limits.

The medicine? Savory, gorgeous gluten-free pasta, nuts, vegetables, meats, seasonings and even beer. They can heal and reverse insomnia, depression and osteoporosis in people with celiac disease.

Terri re-discovered cooking and began to cure herself.

She filled herself with the best ingredients—for her. Food became a joy, because she tasted it fully and didn’t overeat. And it changed her life.

Off gluten, she felt better than she had in 40 years. She gained muscle strength, dropping to a size 8.

Terri’s case inspired Gluten Free Quiz ( a free self-assessment of your risk for celiac disease.

*adapted from my ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine.