If you’ve eaten gluten it was either by accident or you've been cheating. Mistakes are bound to happen occasionally, but eating gluten deliberately is reckless. The psychological aspects from the fear of eating gluten by accident or the sadness and anger that can lead to cheating should not be underestimated.
Eating gluten may trigger immediate symptoms such as diarrhoea and/or vomiting, which can last for several days or there may be almost no immediate reaction depending on the individual. Remember that even a small amount of gluten may cause harm.
When you feel symptoms, try and work out where the gluten came from. If you find it is happening on a regular basis perhaps there’s something you’re eating that contains gluten. Here's a few tips on finding the source of the gluten:
Remember to remain positive. Focus on finding the cause and avoiding further accidents rather than reprimanding yourself. Bear in mind that there are other things that can make you ill such as rich foods, spicy foods, greasy food or too much alcohol. Don’t blame gluten when something else might have been the cause.
If you experience an unpleasant reaction to gluten you’re probably motivated enough not to cheat. If you have milder symptoms it is hard to withstand the cravings for your old favourites but you need to be able to deal with these emotions and find effective ways to stop yourself from cheating. Here’s some tips for avoiding cheating which involve avoiding or changing the circumstances that can make you want to cheat: