Adding Gluten Back In
Adding the gluten back into your diet to test your response is as easy as following the directions nutritionist and author Trudy Scott shared here on Therapy Soup, right before Thanksgiving.
Here’s the redux:

Now that you’ve been gluten-free for a couple of weeks, you may have seen improvements in your anxiety and mood.

You may have noticed that your skin, your digestion or other physical symptoms have improved or been eliminated.

Keep an eye on any painful symptoms.

Have they gone away? If none of the above have changed, there could be other dietary links to symptoms (and non-dietary links as well). For those of you who’ve entered the book drawing (and if you haven’t, what are you waiting for!?), you can learn more about the food and mood link in Trudy’s terrific book, The Antianxiety Food Solution.

Trudy says: Add back in the gluten for one day, breakfast and lunch only. Be sure you do not consume any gluten for the next 3 days after this, as you may have a delayed reaction.

She also tells us that: This test is often more powerful for my clients than any lab test. I’ve seen symptoms including severe mood swings, terrible anxiety, stomach aches, general aches and pains, fatigue and brain fog (and all of the above in some very sensitive individuals).

If after you’ve added gluten back into your diet (as described above), you experience any of the above symptoms, then it’s important that you remove gluten from your diet and work with a holistic health practitioner. Also, you should consider additional testing.

This coming week Trudy Scott is going to share some information about testing, so please keep reading! And remember, you may not respond to gluten but to other foods (such as dairy). Or you may respond to gluten and even to non-gluten containing grains.

All Gluten Free Challenge Posts.

Book Drawing Update
Many of you have entered the book drawing to win one of two free copies of The Antianxiety Food Solution. Several of you have shared your personal gluten-free stories, and some of you have shared other stories about discovering a nutritional link (whether it be food sensitivity, intolerance or allergy) to emotional symptoms. We’ll be contacting some of you to ask if we may share your stories (with permission, only if you tell us it’s o.k.).

Also, originally we had planned an automatic response to let you know we received your email, but we had some technical difficulties. We are still trying to work this out. Rest assured we have received your entries whether or not you hear from us (we’ve received tons!) and will be doing the drawing next week.

Remember: The deadline for entries is tomorrow, December 3rd (midnight). If you don’t win, you can pick up a copy of Trudy’s book at or other bookstores. The Antianxiety Food Solution* (read our review, here) is not just about gluten, but about several nutritional approaches you can take to improving your mood, relieving anxiety, and other mental and emotional symptoms.

*We have been blogging about nutrition and mental and physical health for a while, both here on Therapy Soup, and at C.R.’s blog, which focuses on healthy food with a Jewish twist. I’ve seen several clients who have found significant reduction in symptoms when they’ve improved their diets.

I’ve come to strongly believe that nutrition is an important key in the treatment of mental health and addiction. Trudy’s book is one of a few C.R. and I have found to be valuable. It is easy to read, easy to follow, and is packed with useful information. We are not affiliated with the book, and are blogging about it because we want to share important information that might possibly help you, our readers.

Food photo by C.R. from