I’m maintaining a strict gluten-free diet, but my follow up blood work is showing I’m somehow still being exposed. How can I figure out what the problem is?
Learning to live strictly gluten-free does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of education and practice. So, do not be discouraged if you are still being exposed. However, knowing that you are still being exposed is a good motivator to continue learning how to avoid gluten.
I highly recommend seeing a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) that is knowledgeable in treating patients with celiac disease. Gluten is lurking in unexpected places in the food supply, and it can be particularly challenging to avoid gluten when eating out at restaurants, as we don’t know what is going on in the kitchen.
A knowledgeable RDN can review your current food purchasing and eating habits to identify where you may be getting exposed to gluten. She can also teach you about where gluten is hiding in our food supply and how to avoid it both inside the home and when eating outside the home.
It’s critically important to continue seeing your physician so they can do follow up testing to determine if you are still being exposed to gluten.
Best of luck to you in your gluten-free journey!
Rachel Begun, MS, RDN