Do I have to go 100% gluten free?
"A little bit won't hurt, will it?"
Sorry, but yes, it will. You need to remove all traces of gluten from your diet in order to recover your health if you have celiac.
If, on the other hand, you are trying the diet to see if it helps with symptoms you are experiencing, they you have the option of going back to the standard way of eating. But if you find that you feel better, why would you want to?
You need to give it a fair trial in this case. Cutting out wholewheat bread, but continuing to eat sauces thickened with flour is not a gluten free diet!
For a number of years after Celiac was first discovered, many doctors thought it only affected young children and that they could "grow out of it". Sadly, this is not the case. In fact, I experienced this myself, as you can read in my story.
One thing you will notice after starting a gluten free diet is that even the tiniest morsel of the forbidden stuff will cause your symptoms to return with a vengeance! Your body will react violently to the "poison" in the food and you will know pretty quickly if you have made a mistake!
Institutes such as the World Health Organization recognize that gluten is a serious issue for those with coeliac disease. You can read more about the Food Information Regulations (2014) here.