My Body’s Reactions to Gluten, Dairy and Sugar

by Cherise Holt, Gastroenterology Nurse, Brisbane

Around two years ago I made the choice to eliminate gluten and dairy from my diet and my body instantly benefited from the decrease in stomach bloating, changing bowel habits and other symptoms I had experienced within my gastrointestinal tract. I had eaten these foods all my life leaving me unaware and numb to their compounding symptoms in my body. I had become an expert in overriding what my body truly felt.

The choice to decrease and then to eliminate sugar from my diet came later, and whilst it was obvious my sleep patterns and the raciness I was experiencing in my body did not leave me feeling wonderful – as with all my food choices – I couldn’t make a change without first being willing to understand and heal the reasons why I chose to be unloving with me in the first place, which then lead me to override what I truly felt. 

As a human being, I am not just a creature of habit; I know that I actually live in cycles. Just as the Earth revolves around the Sun and our bodies experience a monthly cycle of menstruation or follow the monthly cycle of the moon, there are times when I know I have been here before’ or have made the same mistakes twice’ – if not many times over. But we can always change or re-imprint the cycle that we may find ourselves in, at any time.

Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon have never told me what foods to eat or avoid, but they have greatly inspired me to be more aware of making loving food choices. Through my own process of elimination, I have been graced to feel how these foods were really affecting me and my body.

As I began to make more self-supporting choices throughout my whole life I also experienced moments when I returned to my old ways or when I was not feeling like myself and I ate foods containing gluten, dairy and sugar. My body suffered considerably…and this was how I felt:


Gluten                                     Dairy                                       Sugar


Tired                                        Sinus, Mucous                        Raciness, too fast

Heavy                                      Chest congestion                     Back pain

Numb                                      Eczema                                    Headaches

Lethargic                                 Sore throat                               Watery eyes               

Bloated                                    Diarrhoea                                Forgetful

Foggy                                      Nausea                                    Shaky

Constipated                             Acne                                        Hyperactive


The unpleasant symptoms I endured also included mood changes and feelings of frustration, worry, anger, fear, stress and sadness, accompanied by poor sleep patterns, nightmares, a feeling of endless hunger and the overall sense of disconnection to me and my own body – awful!

With honesty and awareness of my body, I now know how my body reacts to these foods and with the repercussions lasting for days afterwards, I was left feeling far less than the amazing woman I otherwise naturally feel.

In the field of Gastroenterology patients present with symptoms ranging in severity and always with a knowing that something is ‘not right’ with their health and in their own body. Western medicine and science work persistently to research, perform tests and diagnose the body’s intolerances to certain foods, but as human beings we always have the opportunity to research and feel for ourselves if a certain food sits well in our bodies.

Personally, I have not been medically tested for intolerance to gluten, dairy or sugar but my experience with them is more than enough for me to know that they don’t sit well with me. Without self-responsibility and the willingness to take a more caring approach with me, I was living in a cycle of abusing my body and used food as a harmful form of medication to distract me from whatever I was feeling.

Food has the potential to support us to live our natural way of being, with true vitality and good health, so why don’t we all choose to eat foods that support, build, nourish, confirm and truly complement the amazingness we already are and the bodies we must live with every minute of every day?

587 thoughts on “My Body’s Reactions to Gluten, Dairy and Sugar

  1. We have lost the trust to our own bodies, we cannot decipher its messages because we have not learned to listen and understand ourselves. Instead we have given this immense power we have to the outside, waiting to be told and waiting to be confirmed, in effect, we want another to take responsibility for our lives. But this is a very disempowering way to live, a continuation of being controlled. We do not need to live in disempowerment when we trust again that truth is within us, that before listening to anyone, we already know what is truth and from there we can reach out for support in discernment.

  2. I haven’t been formally tested for gluten intolerance but had been aware for over 20 years that gluten did not suit me but overrode this feeling as it seemed too hard to eradicate it from my diet. As soon as I stopped around 10 years ago I felt the benefits and found it easy to continue. However cutting out sugar has been a much more gradual process as I was in much more denial about how I used sugar for example as an energy boost to overcome my varying levels of exhaustion. Being open to the effects of food on my body is supporting me to recognise where I am still eating things that dull me and cause unwanted side effects like constipation.

  3. I could really relate to all that you have shared here Cherise, we tend to put up with what we think is normal in our bodies for a long time, when we don’t listen to what it is saying.

  4. To detox our body and food choices so thoroughly is so beautiful to do, and your words here Cherise are deeply inspiring for me to read. But not because I need to change what I eat actually, but because I can see this all applies to the emotions and thoughts I allow myself to absorb. It’s this that is the most toxic thing in a way, because the energy of being less is there well before any food is on my plate.

  5. ..’ I couldn’t make a change without first being willing to understand and heal the reasons why I chose to be unloving with me in the first place, which then lead me to override what I truly felt.’ That’s why dieting does not work, it is trying to change a pattern that feels safe and comfortable without addressing the root cause of why we make food choices that are not supportive for our body.

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