Behind the fad: Why Gluten Free?

Back in 2009, a holistic doctor recommended one of my best friends go gluten free because she was experiencing a lot of discomfort after meals, bloating, and painfully stiff muscles. At that time, gluten free was still a new concept, items were hard to come by and products were expensive. I honestly thought it was just a passing trend.

Well, the trend grew so much in popularity that many are now voluntarily going gluten free. 

Gluten Free

In case you aren’t up to speed, gluten free is a dietary lifestyle free of a protein often found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. Basically, say farewell to pasta, bread, cakes, licorice, and beer. There is loads of research and speculation out there, but for many, a gluten free diet boils down to either celiac disease or choice. Statistics say that very few people need to even worry about avoiding gluten. Therein, it is thought that going gluten free is unnecessary and a fad. I honestly haven’t noticed that much of a difference since eliminating gluten. However, not having it around as much has allowed me to find other ways to be creative and improvise.

Gluten free, sugar free, or meat free living does not make food become boring! For those interested in trying a gluten free lifestyle, rice, quinoa, and millet are great and nutritious alternatives. See some recipe tips from Thorbjörg and create your own gluten-free feast. Tap into lots of other resources here

In my case, my gluten free efforts were fueled by 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks. If you are interested in doing the 10 Years Younger in 10 Weeks Program, don’t worry, the reduction of gluten is gradual and Thorbjörg doesn’t eliminate it for the entire 10 weeks. For me, this has been a personal choice. From studying Ayurveda, and through my experience with yoga, recognizing how food influences the function of the body and mind is crucial. In other words, by making healthier food choices, we can heal our body on a physical and subtle level.

My Dad, 66 years old, was once infamous for appearing out of nowhere for cookies. He has now gone from sweet driven snacking, to dousing his foods in tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. After having suffered from eczema his entire life, he was advised to eliminate gluten and soy from his diet. The verdict? A noticeable difference. The increase of healthy fats in conjunction with the reduction of gluten has not only leaned out his waistline, but he says that he feels better. My mom has even commented how his nails, hair, and skin look more lustrous and shiny.

With that in mind, if you aren’t bloated, suffering from some sort of disease or health condition, or just love wheat, what is the motivation behind going gluten free?

Gluten Free

Gluten free living involves eliminating products containing wheat flour from the diet.

I’ll give you one possible reason: healing and longevity

I’m not advocating going 100% gluten free, nor do I personally live by this ethic. However, recognizing how gluten affects you, your body, and your life is important. Thorbjörg advises that during the three major weeks of detox, it’s imperative to be free of gluten, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. The goal is to find out how you function and feel without that trifecta of additives. It isn’t about addictive behavior or weight, but have you ever considered that what you’re eating is or will later be related to aging, aches, pains, injuries, and disease? 

Another person eliminated gluten once out of curiosity because she suffered for many years from migraines. She told me during the period she eliminated gluten and refined sugar, the headaches actually went away. She then said that the doctor has given her a pill, so the migraines aren’t so bad enabling her to still eat gluten and sugar.

To be honest, I was stupefied by this comment. This is the way in which we hurt ourselves. Doctors give us pills, which many believe will ease our pain and increase our longevity. In reality, they only hide the symptoms. Take the pill away, our aches and pains will return with a vengeance. We are killing ourselves and blaming age.

What we eat factors into making our bodies and minds older.

Gluten Free

If even for just a short period, do yourself a favor and examine what you eat. A lifestyle 100% free of gluten and sugar might not ever be a reality, but awareness of the free choices you’re making is important. Aging does not mean pain and disease.

Perhaps living without wheat is not realistic, but try purchasing organic gluten products instead. I believe a major factor for diseases these days is related to how much food has been processed before it reaches our mouths. Many of us are lucky enough have the power of choice when it comes to our food-let us make sure we don’t neglect that power, especially when it impacts your health, well being, and family.

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Tiffany Lee
27 Jun 2014

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