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?

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

  1. You have listed a long list of symptoms two thirds of which were my life but without having any understanding that the symptoms came from eating the listed food substances. Reading the list made me so grateful that I was inspired to try giving up those three foods and today I have none of the symptoms.

  2. That’s quite a list of symptoms for all those foods, which makes me wonder how many symptoms that people suffer could be avoided if more attention were paid to what was being eaten. This would be a great piece of research and could potentially save the NHS and the whole medical system vast amounts of money.

  3. There is a kind of genius in that we keep eating the food that doesn’t really agree with us and therefore/ because that very food is the one that numbs and disconnects us from knowing what is going on with our body so we do not even register that certain food is not supporting us.

  4. Despite the fact that all those symptoms can be experienced I can speak for myself that I too carried on eating what didn’t agree with me simply because everyone else was doing it. These days it happens less as I’m not afraid to say I don’t eat certain things because going against my body would be far worse than upsetting someone for not eating cake.

  5. A great sharing that highlights how when we look deeper to the true cause of why we make the choices we do we open up to letting go of what is not true and having a significant impact on our body which allows the body to naturally readjust and reharmonise itself.

  6. Making simple changes to our diet can have amazing results, I simply chose to stop eating bread and I felt far less bloated, and from there I continued to make changes with other foods, and now I feel far more joyful and vital.

  7. Looking back over my life, and all the ill-health I seemed to continually suffer from, I can see so clearly, that just like you Cherise, “I had become an expert in overriding what my body truly felt.”. And I can also see that I was not alone as growing up in the 50’s and 60’s there was little knowledge, or wisdom, of the impact of certain foods on the body. But also like you, once I removed gluten, dairy and sugar from my diet my health, and naturally my life, changed beyond anything I thought possible. These days, my body speaks and I listen – well, most of the time!

  8. Our body is a great guide when it comes to food, when we allow ourselves to feel the connection between what we eat and how we feel, there are foods that make us feel bloated, tired, restless and through Serge Benhayon’s presentations and experiencing how food feels for myself I have made changes to my diet that have supported me to feel better, and have more energy through the day.

  9. Thanks to Serge Benhayon who simply shared by his own experience that there is another way to life; eat, sleep, walk, talk etc. That we are inspired out of the constant motion we all life in, that there is another way existing, that this is not it.

    1. Everything that we do impacts on our ability to be in step with God. Pretty much all of life as it is currently lived jars our bodies and makes them incongruous with Life and therefore God. So it’s a case of looking at everything that we do and the way that we do it and allowing ourselves to do it in such a way that we settle back into the Life that we’re naturally a part of.

  10. We can only truly change and make lasting changes in our lives when we understand why we do what we do, and begin to see the triggers / patterns we can fall into, and see what it may be we do not want to feel in those moments – and the more we are willing to feel, and the more we are willing to see the consequences, we eventually get to a point where we ask ‘is it worth it?’ and ‘I don’t feel myself’ … I know that’s how I quit smoking, I saw how I was being over time and I didn’t like it and eventually one day I decided I didn’t want to be that way anymore and so I stopped smoking. Our bodies are remarkable, they always show us the impacts and they keep doing so, until we listen.

  11. Overriding what our body truly feels is so commonplace. Not until we feel terrible cos we’ve overeaten or drunk too much do we take notice. And even then we can conveniently forget just how awful we felt and do it all again. All of which is madness, but we tend to do it anyway.

    1. It is true, we let things creep back into our diet believing that because we are well that we will stay well until we get sick that is. It doesn’t make sense that we would identify something we eat as contributing to our ill health and then have a period of being well only to go on and eat the offending foods again.

  12. Medical testing is I am sure very helpful, but as a first port of call how much do we notice our own bodies’ reactions to foods and drink. I know I ignored hangovers for years, or the mild depression I’d get after sugar excess, or the bloating after certain meals. We can feel a lot of it no question, it’s just whether we want to?

    1. For some people they have to be told that they are intolerant by another person rather than asking their body. But then I’ve met people who when told relate to it as a restriction and begrudge having to cut that certain food out. Yet that medical professional is only saying what the body has been communicating originally as an act of love rather than restriction.

  13. What a great list! What if these warnings were required to be put on products? But then, how successful have the horrible photos that are required to be on all cigarettes been?

  14. It’s wonderful to read this check list … it’s like a pilots check list before take off… and so we can, if we are diligent and honest enough, really start to take off and not be weighed down

    1. How apt about being ready to take off! After the bottle rocket made of sugar takes off that then crashes back to earth!

  15. We can eat to our detriment or we can eat to support our vitality and health – either way it’s a personal choice that should not be judged or critiqued.

  16. Before coming to Universal Medicine I was already experimenting with my food choices but my so called healthy choices never lasted. I needed to come to more love for myself and my body first to be able to renounce certain foods like gluten, dairy and sugar.

  17. Interesting reading your lists of symptoms that you found were related to gluten, dairy and sugar. I realised that I experience none of these symptoms and I do not eat gluten, dairy or sugar. Could there be a connection here? I would say so.

  18. The more there is to feel and respond to, the choice is there to dull my self with heavy foods and dull my awareness at the same time.

  19. Compared to how we eat to tantalise our tastebuds, for comfort, to stuff down emotions, and to numb ourselves from life, it’s certainly a very beautiful step for our health and the wellness of our being when we can “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.”

  20. I can completely identify with all the symptoms you list here Cherise. Having given up the same substances I am continually amazed at how well I feel today and quite stunned at how awful these foods made me feel. I have been very blessed to receive the Universal Healing Modalities, as they have helped me break the Catch 22 situation of reaching for the very foods to comfort me in my depression that were actively contributing to my ills.

  21. It was incredible for me also that I did not believe I had any major intolerance or allergy to certain foods like gluten, dairy and sugar as I just accepted the symptoms in my body as normal but when I cut these things out of my diet the positive changes in my body were enormous and very obvious. So sometimes we don’t notice these things until we give it a go and see what happens.

  22. I love your realization:
    ‘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.’
    We think the ‘benefits’ these foods offer us can be more important than the negative effects. With realizing the preciousness of my body and how it actually is my most important radar to read energy and discern whether something is true or not I have allowed myself to go a level deeper with the foods that the support and the foods that don’t.

  23. People often ask me why I don’t eat gluten and dairy and the simple answer is that I know these foods dull me which is no fun so why eat them? Food is medicine just as many other things in life are so why not use medicine that supports the body instead of dulling it?

  24. ‘…as human beings we always have the opportunity to research and feel for ourselves if a certain food sits well in our bodies’. Yes, our body is a very clear reflection of our food choices and as such, we can always observe the origin and the consequences of what we have chosen.

  25. The True Understanding that have been shared by Serge Benhayon were felt in my body before I attended Universal Medicine events and therefore sugar, gluten and dairy were eliminated from my diet years before I even listened to anyone talk on the subject as my body shared what was not working within it.

  26. Without some help, it is hard to differentiate which food of the many digested in a day cause which symptom but once I became aware of the lines of symptoms that I could expect from various foods it made it so much easier to start to spot what foods I was reacting to and how. Your chart above would have been very helpful.

  27. I get a lot of confused looks when I tell people I don’t eat gluten, dairy, refined sugar, yeast, caffeine, alcohol, mushrooms or aubergines (the last two I have never liked!) the first question is “what DO you eat then?” and I reel off a list of meat, fish, egg, nuts, veggies and spices and water or herb tea. But it’s not rigid or set in stone and changes regularly based on how they make me feel. Sometimes I crave liver for 2 days then can’t stand the sight of it. My diet changes as my life goes through the motions and being aware of how I am feeling helps to make supportive food choices. Reintroducing junk foods or snacking is a warning that I am feeling something unsettling.

    1. A big realisation for me was coming to see that all processed foods are loaded up with masses of substances that I don’t want in my body. In particular there is seemingly always salt and sugar in most if not all of them, which I know I don’t need and only do harm to my body.

      1. I am noticing that so much more, processed food feels dead when I compare it to something that has been made by someone or myself who has been present with themselves while making it. It feels different and what goes into it is different as well. Because if I am off my game and disconnected I go for salt and sugar or don’t bat an eyelid at buying processed foods.

  28. Experimenting with how certain things make us feel – whether it’s a food, emotion, activity or relationship – is what brings about true and long-lasting change that can inspire others to feel what’s true for them too; not deciding on something based on what we’ve heard from someone else.

  29. …”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?”
    Because it requires a bigger YES to you and your essence, which most people have disconnected from so much. The gap between themselves and what and how they live would require the openness to feel all their past choices which most people avoid. And best way/ fastest solution to avoid feeling is numbing yourself with food.

  30. “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.” I love this sentence – it really brings it home our responsibility in looking after ourselves, in fact I super love this whole blog, I can so relate to all the symptoms you mention here.

    Why would we want to feel anything less than amazing?

  31. I think we all know what disagrees with our body but for myself I learned to ignore the symptoms the body put up to show me. For example as a child I hated milk and it made me gag if I tried to drink it, but instead of realising that my body was saying a big no to dairy I learned that I could take it without gagging as butter, yoghurt, or cheese. Same with so many other things.

  32. Sometimes it’s not until we stop eating something for a while that we realise just how much it was affecting us, it’s really worthwhile bringing our awareness to how our body feels and experimenting with what works for us, which may change over time and be different from what works for other people.

    1. That is how I renounced many foods that did not agree with me anymore. I gave it a try not eating it for a while- then feeling how much greater I felt without it. Like this it was much easier to let go of tasty foods. The effect eating something again, after haven´t had it for months is just mind blowing and exposes how much we get used to things, that are absolutely not healthy and beyond tasty for our body.

      1. Yes and what’s interesting is that when we don’t have a certain food for a while and we come back to it we often don’t even like the taste of it anymore let alone what it does to us.

  33. It is so powerful to explore why we choose things in the first place and to also sit with what our body says to us when we do something. The fact is it can be very black or white – our body agrees with something or it does not – the key is if we listen and respond.

  34. Science must not be so arrogant to think that it knows it all – for in many instances it is playing catch up with what has already been observed. So, for example, if a person knows that their body does not deal well with dairy products, do they also need medical confirmation of the facts? Our bodies are our own ‘scientists’ in a sense – if we are willing to listen to them.

    1. Yes indeed. Our innate knowing from our bodies is completely and utterly disregarded by science as hokum. This has to change, but it is through us not giving our power away to science and holding with what we do know.

      1. One of the things I consider when pondering this is that when we go to our GP they ask ‘how do you feel?’ not ‘what evidence do you have?’ We rely on our feelings a great deal, to describe our sense of wellbeing. Science may be able to say, ‘there is currently no evidence that proves you are dairy intolerant’ – but that doesn’t mean that a person is not. It is crucial for science to constantly take into account everything it does not know and have the humility to include this is its presentations.

      2. Science and humility is a combination I would very much welcome. Currently science mostly comes with an arrogance, a conviction of being right even though what is considered right is constantly being shown to be lacking and being replaced with a new right, for a while until that is also found to be lacking. Humility would be a great companion to science.

  35. The more we become aware of how the food we eat impacts our digestion so do the ways in which we eat. The rushing to eat can be just as harmful.

    1. Absolutely! I am very much aware how I move and prepare my body before and whilst I eat. Not checking out, when you are on your own, and when you with someone sharing a meal to focus on conversations that engages your body in presence and in an enriching way.

  36. Looking at the table of food and its effect here, I realise how I have been substituting these foods with something else in order to satisfy the same need and I am still experiencing all these effects, and I have yet to fully call out and deal with what is truly going on for me.

  37. It really is crazy even when our body speaks loud enough for us to experience physical pain, looking at what and how we eat seems to be the last thing we want to do, but instead we reach for a painkiller.

  38. Before I came across Universal Medicine I also had discovered how much more vital and clearer I felt in my body from not having gluten, dairy and sugar in my diet. I had not been consistently honouring this for myself as when I looked around I could see that this way of living was not ‘normal’ and I did not fully understand why I was reacting so badly to these foods. I am not a coeliac but I do know when I don’t feel well, as it is not a feeling I enjoy.

    Through the presentations of Universal Medicine, I have been inspired to honour the messages from my body that support my well-being, and as such now live knowing and experiencing how this is true medicine, and as a result I have never been healthier, never felt more vital and live with greater connection to my being than ever before.

    1. I think it’s really important not to dismiss what we notice and have felt or experienced in our body with regards to food, with what works for us and what may not, by not comparing with what is considered to be the ‘norm’ but through honouring what our body has shown us and this is something I’ve found Universal Medicine has truly supported me with as well.

  39. Thank you for listing your body’s reactions to these 3 commonly consumed ingredients – I have also experienced many of the same symptoms but for years overrode what my body was clearly telling me and in the case of gluten a knowing for over 20 years before I finally gave it up that it was contributing to my feelings of unwellness but not even alternative practitioners seemed interested in investigating because my symptoms were not extreme although I knew clearly that something was not right. Now that my food choices are generally so much more supportive my body feels vital and so many of the symptoms you describe above have disappeared or considerably lessened and life is so much more enjoyable and productive.

  40. Sometimes it is not until we have given something up and allowed its effects to clear from our body, that we truly understand how damaging it was to consume.

    1. This is very true, I know from my own experience and that of others yet reading your comment today I realise that it also inspires me to drop some substances from my diet that I feel are not really supportive although they are regarded as highly nutritious. I realise that sometimes I think I have to eat something because of its nutritional value or how I think it will positively affect me, rather than feeling the quality that it presents energetically. I have noticed some symptoms returning recently and the chart in the article concurs with my own feeling that giving these foods a long term rest would enable me to see more clearly how they really impact on my way of being.

  41. ‘Food has the potential to support us to live our natural way of being, with true vitality and good health’ this is so true yet currently on the whole food is not used this way, it is used to numb, distract, deny, dull ourselves and our light. I am still learning with this one but am feeling more and more in my body how this needs to change.

  42. The more we connect to our body the easier it is for us to feel what foods feel light and supportive against those that feel heavy or damp which takes our digestive system into overwhelm as it tries to break them down.

  43. Listening to my body is now my greatest guide as to what to eat. If I listened to my mind I would be a stone overweight and probably feel terrible! As I still have a sweet tooth to some degree…….

    1. I too have learnt and experienced how my body is by far the sharpest, truest and most instantaneous guide to knowing what supports my body and being and what does not.

  44. “…. as human beings we always have the opportunity to research and feel for ourselves if a certain food sits well in our bodies” I agree, but before I became aware of what such foods were doing to me I ate them without being conscious of the consequences in my body. Basically I had numbed off my body to a considerable degree. Could this be why so many people eat such foods – and continue to gain weight etc? The more sensitive folk become aware of the impact more quickly.

  45. “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. ” This is so important, when people tell us what to do, we tend to listen with our mind and not feel from our body if it is true for us or not and so we change our diet out of reaction to what someone has said. Listening to our body and all the many signs it gives us in the way of bloating, headache, skin rashes is the only way we truly know when to give up a food that is no longer supporting us.

  46. I stopped eating gluten and dairy ages ago but recently had a period where I was tempted and didn’t resist eating biscuits – dairy and gluten. But I didn’t get away with it, after eating just a few biscuits my stomach was severely bloated. Interesting about your experience of back ache from eating sugar… I’ve been eating more fruit than usual and have had backache too…

  47. We harm and disregard ourselves when we allow our mind to take control so that we override our sensitivity and convince ourselves otherwise in order to not have to take responsibility and deal with the reason why our body is sending us clear messages that something is out of balance.

  48. The basis of this article is beautiful as it brings into our awareness why it is that we ignore the blatantly obvious fact that our body is constantly reflecting to us what makes it feel vital and what doesn’t. The simplicity of loving ones self enough to listen is the deeper lesson to understanding and altering food and behavior choices.

  49. Considering the amount of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, bloating, reflux, yeast build up and many other conditions that we as humanity endure and accept as part of life, are so prolific. Could the foods we eat be part of the equation to such high rates of these illnesses? And could these illnesses be precursors to more serious illnesses in our body? There is much to consider in how we live and what we eat.

  50. “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?” Such a great point Cherise, yet so many choose otherwise, preferring the short taste in the mouth of something sweet, starchy or salty – that doesn’t truly satisfy and leaves you wanting more, and could contribute to illness in the long term.

    1. Most of us don’t feel the ‘amazingness that we already are’ hence the desire to feel something else, be that buzzed up or numbed out, we think it’s better than feeling the restlessness and anxiousness of not feeling great.

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