No bread?!

Whenever I tell someone that I am Gluten-Free, and the person to whom I’m speaking with does not know about Celiac disease or gluten intolerance (which most people don’t), they look at me quizzically. So I then follow with “I don’t eat wheat, like what’s in bread.”Now, to this I have been given the most perplexed and judgmental looks. Even the more intelligent sorts have asked me time and time again “how do you survive?” To which, I answer, how DID people do it before the harvest of grains? You would think that humanity would have ceased to exist before such! Surely you can live off of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and fresh meat, but since we are indeed living in the twenty first century, there have been many advancements in the realm of gluten-free foods.

I, as well as Eric, do not have Celic Disease (an allergy to gluten that can scar and break down the small intestine), but have learned the importance of  a gluten-free diet. Now, although i strongly support such do to the research proving that it can do more harm than good to your body over time, I don’t discourage eating a diet of healthy grains which include gluten such as oats, whole wheat, barley, etc.  For me, being gluten-free wasn’t as tough as one may think. Just think fresh, clean, and healthy. Say a meal of lean chicken, vegetables and rice. Quinoa has proved to be a perfect grain, as well as buckwheat, both with an ample amount of protein, fiber, and branch chain amino acids. Keeping processed foods in mind, there are many great brown rice pasta alternatives that are gluten-free, Eric and I both love the various brown rice pasta from Trinkyada. There are also an abundant amount of meal/snack bars that are gluten free, I personally love Pure Bars as they aren’t costly and have such a rich, exquisite flavor with no chalky taste as many “healthy” bars do. If you’re a bread lover, Udi’s gluten-free foods is a great gluten-free read alternative, but there are many different brands of gluten-free bread choices, and Betty Crocker even has a gluten-free boxed cake mix which is quite good!

Now, remember i’m psychic? 😉 You’re asking yourself why you would ever want to go through the trouble to become gluten-free. If only Burger King had a gluten-free whopper, yes? You can still enjoy every delicous meal on a gluten-free diet, and many recipes can be adjusted to be gluten-free, such as using rice flour instead of wheat flour. Did you know that gluten stays in the body for a total of twelve weeks?! Day by day the gluten slowly inflames your intestines even after it digests, which can give a person a bloated feeling.  I know after being gluten-free for over a month I felt an extreme difference. I felt lighter, healthier, and had a substantial increase in energy.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a “cleanse” or weight loss diet in itself,  but it does help with weight loss in that a gluten-free diet is high in fiber and doesn’t include the sugary, processed carbohydrates that bloat and cause water retention. No body wraps or diuretics needed! YES, there is a way to lessen the water retention! (for the time-of-the-month-days for my women out there, you’ll see a difference during those times too, trust me.) And if you have ever suffered from IBS, gluten free may be your island getaway from the frequent bathroom trips. TMI? Yes, but true. A better diet, as well as less inflammation in the bowels, adds up to less IBS. (I also highly recommend probiotics in conjunction with a gluten-free diet, as it helps to increase the natural, healthy flora in the gut.)

Ultimately, being gluten-free has been highly advantageous to both I and Eric’s lives. Not buying highly processed or prepackaged meals, we prepare and cook meals together which can be a fun and creative time for the both of us. We follow mostly a “cave man” diet as Eric terms it, meaning lean meat, vegetables, fruit, and minimal grain, which is very form fitting with our gluten-free lifestyle. It’s truly cost-effective as well as healthier in the long run. I would encourage all of you to try it, if only for a month, and feel the difference a gluten-free diet can make!

In this kingdom, the queen did not indeed let us eat bread. A quest embarked on, but not finished.


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