Why is the gluten free diet and gluten free foods all the rage?
Thinking about starting a gluten free diet? Before you do, it's important to understand what gluten is and how it affects your body. Gluten is a protein found in wheat. So essentially any product made with flour has gluten. There are many other foods that contain it, including soy sauce! It is everywhere.
WHY IS THIS RELEVANT NOW? My theory is, that when our grandparents were growing up, wheat was wheat, untouched, unprocessed and not genetically modified. The wheat that is used today just doesn’t resemble the wheat that our bodies recognize anymore, so we don’t know how to digest it. We can have reactions from very minimal abdominal swelling, bloating and gas to full blown Celiac Disease.
Let me tell you a little bit about my personal gluten story and also my observations with my clients in New Jersey. About 3-4 years ago, I began to realize that I was having digestive issues. They started slowly over the period of several years. After eating I was bloated. My stomach distended and I had horrendous gas pains. At the time, I was a personal trainer and very in tune with my body and eating habits. Gluten seemed like the “buzz” word of the minute, so I decided to give up gluten and see what happened. My whole life changed from that moment on! I am not joking! Now, please keep in mind, I was eating the 100% whole wheat bread and pasta. I was not eating junky food. My symptoms disappeared within a couple of days. Then of course you have to test your theory and reintroduce the old foods, right? What a mistake!
Starting a gluten free diet doesn't mean you have to deprive yourself. I love food and I love to cook. I eat real food, you know the stuff that actually comes from nature the way it was intended. I eat New Jersey local, seasonal and organic foods and I do not find it difficult at all to live without gluten. I do need to point out that at least 90% of my clients find that they do not tolerate gluten once they start to minimize or eliminate it.
If you would like to sit and chat about starting a gluten free diet and intolerances, please set-up your FREE 50 minute consultation TODAY! I will support you on every step of your journey.