If you made the decision to begin living your life gluten-free, it may have been because you were diagnosed with celiac disease or a wheat allergy.
Or, maybe you did it, just because you want to experience the benefits that people, like yourself, have found they get from totally cutting wheat and other gluten producing grains out of their diets.
They’ve gone gluten free and are experiencing tremendous reported benefits because they have done just that!
It’s really not easy to do, but, magazines and news reports in the last year or two have been full of stories about the very positive benefits individuals like you and me have had because they made a quality-of-life decision to go gluten-free.
How you start your life living gluten-free depends on exactly why you’re doing that.
If your physician has diagnosed you with a disease that requires you to live gluten-free, make sure that your physician knows and agrees with what I am telling you to do here. There is absolutely no way that I can cover all reasons your physician may tell you to begin living gluten-free, or take into account your personal medical situation in this article.
In the event you have simply decided that you would like to live your life gluten-free, for whatever reason, I strongly recommend that if you suspect you have a disease which causes you to be gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive, you see a physician immediately for a proper evaluation and related diagnosis. There are two reasons for this recommendation…
I’m happy to report that a consensus has been reached in that regard among recognized experts in the gluten field.
This article summarizes the information in the report produced by the expert panel in what is hopefully easy to understand American English. This will give everyone who uses ElegantlyGlutenFree.com a common reference as to what is meant when we use various terms and classifications in articles and posts.
The Consensus Report
The process to arrive at the consensus began in 2011. At that time 15 scientists, all recognized experts in various parts of the “gluten issue,” began to work together to standardize terminology as well as classification of the different diseases and processes which appeared to be associated with the group of gluten-related problems.
In a report published at the end of last year (October, 2012) by BioMedical Central, a consistent, universal terminology and classification system was developed by this panel of 15 experts to be used when dealing with gluten-related medical/scientific issues.