The current buzz word in almost every health magazine and nutrition segment on television is gluten.
What’s the big deal and what is it?
Gluten is a protein found in several grains. The most common include wheat, barley and rye.
Unfortunately some people believe avoiding gluten is a diet fad to lose a few pounds. Well, I’m here to tell you two things:
- If you stop eating bread and everything else you assume contains gluten, you will lose weight–and be unhealthy. You need carbohydrates to live.
- Second, for some people, avoiding gluten is a medical necessity. I’m one of those unlucky people. I’m gluten sensitive and on the border of being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but I refuse to have the intestinal biopsy to seal the deal. Two confirmed blood tests and feeling worlds better after altering my diet is enough proof for me.
So, If you’re trying to lose weight, this whole gluten thing isn’t for you. Talk to your doctor about healthy dietary changes that can help you trim your waistline.
For people like me who have to avoid gluten or suffer terrible digestive upset, joint pain and migraines, I’m here to sympathize with you! Being gluten-free is no picnic. I do write about my challenges and reasons for going gluten free quite often. Here are a few articles for those who are interested in learning more about gluten sensitivity:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Calmed With a Gluten-free Diet: The Connection Between Wheat and Joint Pain
- 4 Gluten Free Baking Tips From My Kitchen to Yours
- Allergy symptoms: Is gluten making me sick?
- 5 Gluten-Free Snacks to Take to a Summer BBQ
Are you on a gluten-free diet or know someone who is?
How do you/they cope with the general public thinking it’s a weight loss program, not a medical necessity?
Until next time,
*This post was originally published on my old foodie blog, Whole Foods Living.