Gluten Sensitivity and Gluten-free Diets: Fad or Fiction

There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about Gluten-free diets; celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Miley Cyrus are tweeting about how great they feel being gluten free (I just threw up in my mouth a little writing that last sentence.) As much as I rejoice that a few people actually know what I mean when I say I’m gluten-free, especially in a restaurant, I hate that someone could make the mistake that I’m gluten-free because the aforementioned starlets are tweeting about it.
 
For me, being gluten-free is not a fad at all. A few years ago, I found myself getting sick time and again. After a getting sick yet again and going to a new Doctor, she suggested that maybe I become “Gluten-Free” in order to help strengthen my immune system. She tested my blood work to see if I was a Celiac (extremely allergic to gluten) and although I was not, she thought I still may be gluten sensitive. The results of my blood work also found a high count of antibodies that often lead to Hashimoto’s thyroid, which would mean I would be on thyroid meds for the rest of my life. I decided to follow her suggestion and I was blown away by the results from eliminating gluten. Almost instantly I had more energy and mental clarity. I lost body fat and gained lean muscle (and I was already in great shape). When my Doctor and I studied my blood work one year later, every single aspect of my health had improved – AND the antibodies were practically gone. No Hashimoto’s for this guy. The proof was right there in black and white! That was the turning point for me. I became convinced that maintaining a gluten free diet was the superior way to eat. Whether you’re gluten sensitive or simply trying to lose weight and feel better, gluten-free is a great alternative. Of course, eating gluten-free foods is a choice and something I only suggest to my clients. Remember, the best diet plan is always the one you will follow diligently, and it’s usually different for everybody.
 
People often ask me,  “What is gluten? or What is a Gluten-Free diet?”  Click here to read Wikipedia’s explanation.
 
I would like to take the time to stress something very important about becoming gluten free. If you find yourself going to the market and buying things like gluten-free cookies and bread, you are still eating cookies and bread.
 
Keep in mind that a lot of gluten-free products have an even higher calorie count than their gluten filled counter parts. In other words, a naturally gluten-free diet is the best way to go. With the rare GF treat. What do I mean by a naturally GF diet, you ask? Lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts. This might help; think of shopping the outer perimeter of the supermarket. Don’t buy anything down the center aisles except for toilet paper and things of that nature. Make sure to watch out for hidden gluten -it’s in things you wouldn’t expect like soy sauce and other condiments, but there are gluten free alternatives for just about anything these days. If you’re serious about trying to go gluten-free, I recommend doing your research first and then committing to it for 30 days. You should feel better after two weeks and the wheat should be out of your system after 21 days.
 
I had no idea how much gluten affected me until I cut it out completely. Most people have no idea they are gluten-sensitive. Now that I’m completely gluten-free I feel like I’ve been poisoned when I eat something with gluten in it. Recently I had a small piece of cake and this is what happened:
 
I felt like total shit for the rest of the day. My head was cloudy and I was exhausted. All I could do was lay on the couch and ride it out like a bad mushroom trip.

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