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GLUTEN FREE DIETING

We are at red alert because of the evils happening within us on a daily basis. This has led many of us to be ready for anything that poses a threat to our safety.  Sadly, because what is really killing us, albeit softly, is that which we not only readily embrace but earnestly seek after. You may have heard the phrase “digging your grave with your teeth”.  It sounds so clichéd and doesn’t make any kind of reference to it’s meaning so wait until you hear what the stats are saying.

Gluten is one of the latest bad guys in town with about 1% of Americans having celiac disease. The worst part is that only about 5-10% ever get diagnosed. This is, in part, because celiac disease has little or no symptom. Gluten is a form of protein majorly found in foods such as wheat, rye and barley. Some dieticians also strongly include oats in this category. Foods made from gluten grains will obviously also contain gluten. Gluten is common in our most staple foods, therefore; a gluten-free diet will be a major challenge for many of us.

Celiac disease is an abnormal immune response to gluten. The digestive system of a person suffering from celiac disease will not be able to use nutrients in food which often leads to diarrhea, bloating, gas, intestinal damage and in worst cases, death. It is necessary for a person with celiac disease to completely avoid foods containing gluten. But it is not only celiac people that should stick to a gluten-free diet; some people are also allergic to gluten and is referred to as gluten intolerance. While gluten intolerance is not as serious as celiac in that it doesn’t disrupt the immune system, it causes some digestive issues like the ones mentioned above and it is more common than celiac.

A gluten free diet is a complicated choice because most of our regular foods are gluten rich, however, attention to gluten intolerance is also increasing. As the need for a gluten free diet increases, there are increasing substitutes for gluten without the feeling of missing anything. To be totally gluten free, you have no choice than to read a lot of food labels and then plan your diet so as to exclude every trace of gluten from it. You may need the help of a dietician with this one and we are right here to help you achieve this feat.  To make up for all that lost protein, your dietician or other medical professional may suggest nutritional supplements and eating a lot of fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables to help your body function at optimal level.

You might experience some experts condemning the gluten-free craze.  Shocking… I know! But it is the smart choice for people with digestive issues that can not be explained, especially considering the fact that celiac doesn’t have prominent symptoms. Many people don’t ask for testing, nor do medical professionals order gluten testing, for diseases they don’t even show signs of. If you are suffering from symptoms that you can’t explain but you know something is not right with your body, it is better to be safe than sorry and find a way to get tested. Moreover, there are many foods, supplements and other food options out there that are more than capable of making up for our gluten break. So, eat safe, and choose a gluten free diet.

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Live purely: I am a purely elizabeth Ambassador

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Purely Elizabeth Ambassador

That’s right, kids… I am a Purely Elizabeth Ambassador

Way back in 2009, the year I started GFF, I reviewed a muffin mix from a new company called purely elizabeth.  At that time, purely was brand new to the scene, the gluten free food “trend” was just starting to take off, and there were very few companies that were attempting to use whole grains that were gluten free and also had some sort of nutritional value.  It was all starches, all the time.  Elizabeth was doing something groundbreaking by offering better for you muffin and pancake mixes.  I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth at a gluten free expo here in South Florida in March of 2010.  She is truly a special lady with a huge heart.  She and I definitely have the “generally healthy eater with weakness for baked goods” thing in common too.

Fast forward to 2012, and purely elizabeth has grown immensely.  They have expanded their product offerings, and are now available in Whole Foods (!) but all the while have maintained the dedication to good taste, good ingredients, and good nutrition.

The products are certified gluten free and vegan, non-GMO, and the cookie mixes are certified organic.  The ingredients are all top notch, and ones I would use if I were baking from scratch.

It’s not just about the food, though.  Purely elizabeth also promotes living purely, which we all may define differently.  For me, it’s moving my body, fueling it well, resting adequately, and choosing the positive perspective whenever possible.  And living purely also incorporates some tasty, nutritious treats of chocolate chip cookies after a long bike ride.

Purely elizabeth is a company whose products and values align very well with my own.  I am honored and pleased to have been chosen as an ambassador.  

If you’ve not checked out purely elizabeth yet, go to their website and read about how awesome they are.  Then, go to Whole Foods (they’re on sale!) and get you some.  OR, you can always order online.

Aside from awesome baking mixes and granola, if you need some more info for generally eating a healthier gluten free menu, check out Gluten Free and Fit 101 for lots of articles to get you started.