Gluten-Free 101

GF 101:
A Gluten-Free guide for beginners.

If you’re new to gluten-free, you might be feeling a little intimidated by the quantity and complexity of the information you need to absorb. We know, it’s daunting. But relax! Triumph Dining’s Gluten-Free 101 course is here to help. We’ve compiled all of the most important basic information about the gluten-free diet and put it all in one place, in easy-to understand language that should have you ready to hit the ground running in no time.

So browse away, and learn all you need to know to get healthy again!

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11 thoughts on “Gluten-Free 101”

  1. Hello there. Is there any relationship at all between gluten (intolerance) and chronic insomnia? I have been told by a couple of different alternative doctors that it sounds to them like I have gluten intolerance, but I cannot help but wonder if my chronic insomnia (which I have had for about 15 yrs. now) is not somehow tied in to eating foods which contain some form of gluten (one way or another).

    Can someone at your organization get back to me with this information? Even if you have no idea if gluten relates to sleep at all, can you still get back to me (so that I don’t continue to constantly chase the next sleep remedy, only to have it not really work that well for me)?

    Thank you so much for your kind care and consideration, and for your expeditious reply.



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  3. Hi Jill,
    That’s one we haven’t heard before, but it seems to me that it would make sense. Celiac and gluten intolerance are linked to all kinds of other afflictions, and I wouldn’t be all that surprised if insomnia was one of them.

    We did a little research and came up with a few things. One was a study that showed that celiacs do tend to have lower quality sleep. ( However, they also found that a gluten-free diet didn’t improve sleep quality.

    We also found more than a few sites that listed sleep troubles as a symptom of gluten intolerance and celiac disease, including being sleepy too often as well as not being able to fall asleep. Again, inconclusive for your case!

    It is true that gluten intolerance can have serious effects on brain chemistry. People with celiac or gluten intolerance aren’t absorbing necessary nutrients, causing them to be anywhere from mildly to severely malnourished. Malnourishment, in turn, can lead to any number of issues, from depression to fatigue to, yep, insomnia. So it does seem possible that there is a link there.

    I’m assuming that when you say insomnia, you mean going days without sleeping, and feeling half-asleep even when you’re awake. I actually happen to have a sister who suffers from insomnia, and she describes it as “Never asleep, never awake.” If yours is a bit milder than that, it’s possible that what you’re experiencing has to do with stress. I want to emphasize that I’m not saying “Eh, it’s just stress.” Stress can do serious, serious damage to a body, and insomnia would certainly qualify as damaging! If you’re concerned about sleeping and eating, two of our most basic human functions, it stands to reason you might be pretty stressed.

    All this is to say – we’re not totally sure! I would recommend giving the gluten-free diet a try and seeing what happens. It is certainly a commitment, and some people go months before seeing results (others see results within weeks or even days). But if gluten really is the culprit here, odds are you’ll feel like an entirely new person once you ditch it. Might be worth it.

    Please let us know if you have any more questions, and I hope you start feeling better soon.

    -Caty and the rest of the team at Triumph

  4. I also wonder if being Gluten Intolerant can cause tooth decay and skin problems. I have a skin problem called “stucco”. It is white bumps on the tops of both feet and ankles. It can be very itchy at times. I’ve been gluten intolerant for 6 years now and I noticed these bumps about 2 years ago. I’ve also had a lot of dental problems this past year. Root canals and crowns and decay and sensitivity to cold have become a real bummer to someone who had good teeth. Any one out there know of these things?

  5. I can only speak to the teeth problems and only from my personal, non-expert experience. Over the past 3-5 years, I’ve had large chunks of three teeth break off. Subsequently, I tested extremely low on vitamin D in my system. This was discovered at the same time I realized I was gluten intolerant. Now that I avoid gluten and take vitamin D supplements to keep my vitamin D level up in the normal range, my teeth have stopped breaking. Why? My theory is that the damage caused to my intestines by gluten meant I couldn’t absorb enough vitamin D and calcium to keep my teeth strong.

  6. I need any information about antibotics that DO NOT have gluten. I have a very bad sinus infection, have had sinus surgery and can not find a doctor that can treat my infection unless it is by having a pick-line and giving myself antibotics at home and it is very expensive.

  7. I just bought your GlutenFree Grocery Guide book, its hard to understand. Is everything listed in this book gluten free?

  8. I have also experienced tooth breakage and extreme insomnia. It may sound bad but it did make me feel better to know that I wasn’t the only one dealing with these and all the other symptoms of celiac.

  9. I have been exhausted for years, no matter how much sleep I get, I wake up tired. I have also been diagnosed 2 years ago with an under active thyroid, for which I am being treated, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis for a few years. Four months ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, following an endoscopy and blood tests.
    Reading different articles about Celiac, they mention that some medical issues could be due to gluten intolerance. If this is the case, why isn’t this simple blood test included on a routine check, like the cholesterol and diabetes tests? At least, knowing of a gluten intolerance, one can take precautions before it progresses to Celiac.

  10. I have the same thing’s going on with me. only I cannot seem to lose weight. have had the rash for over a year. been to a lot of doctors. you know there is gluten in tonic candy, makeup etc. I find it very hard to keep up with it. I wish you well MAL

  11. @ jacquie m, I also have an under-active thyroid, and have had most of my life. I am one of many of those individuals for which the TSH has no bearing on the amount of serum thyroid hormones, T3 & T4.
    About the same time I was diagnosed with CD, my thyroid condition changed. Perhaps it switched to an autoimmune thyroid condition. I could no longer get any benefit from synthetic T4. I could not convert T4 to T3 which gives the most benefit. I went back to natural thyroid.
    A lot of reading has shown me (at least) that there are a lot of folks with both CD & thyroid issues. Some additional things I have learned about dealing with thyroid issues is to not eat cruciferous vegetables or strawberries (bummer since the veggies have some anti-cancer properties & I love strawberries) since they compete with thyroid receptors. Also, stay away from Triclosan which is in everything; antibiotic soaps, toothpaste (anti-gingivitis agent), even in-the-bathtub mats. It is absorbed through the skin, is fat soluble, & competes with thyroid receptors. Once again the FDA will rule on its use at the end of the year.

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