So here is what I learned at my doctor’s appointment. I better understand the difference between Celic and gluten intolerance. With Celic damage is done to the intestines but with intolerance one just has symptoms. Water sitting with undigested food and gas cause the abdomen to distend. I don’t have an allergy to gluten I just don’t have enough enzymes to digest it. So how much of it I can tolerate just depends on how many enzymes I have and can vary from day to day. He said gas is normal with vegetarian diets due to all the fiber so it is not harmful. He confirmed what I read that it does take two to eight weeks for symptoms to go away.
I got a blood test for Celic and allergies. The Celic one will probably be negative since I haven’t had gluten in awhile and I was told by a naturopath that the big labs gluten testing is not as good at detecting it as the small ones. I figured I have nothing to lose so I got it done anyway.
He recommended that I see a dietitian, which I think is a great recommendation and I know a pretty cool one but my insurance doesn’t cover it.
Overall it wasn’t a bad visit, I did learn something and I didn’t get any reprimanding for being vegan, which I was expecting. Basically I just need keep doing what I’m doing, keeping a food diary and symptom log to figure out what foods cause me issues.