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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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15 comments on “Gluten Free Dieting

  1. How much of a difference is there to sensitivity to intolerance?. I haven’t been diagnosed as the doctors can’t find nothing wrong, but by doing my own detective work and taking gluten out of my diet I have seen a huge difference in myself.

    • Thanks for the question Susan

      Gluten sensitivity is the beginning stages of gluten intolerance. Many of our bodies are sensitive to gluten but we ignore the symptoms from our digestive tract. When you are gluten intolerant, you aren’t able to ignore those symptoms any longer. Your body is struggling too much to ignore. I wrote a great article today and posted it that might help understand some differences. Go check it out. I am glad to hear you have seen a huge difference!

    • Gluten intolerance can be tested, its quite rare in the uk its around 1 in 100 ppl. Gluten and flour products do swell too and make ppl bloat. If removing it please make sure you replace the fibre and vitamins, i have been diagnosed coeliac 20yrs and still have to go for regular bone density tests, bowel tests and blood tests.

    • Thanks so much for the info Nicola. It is a small community of people but not really as small as one would think. Your point about ensuring your body still gets the nutrients it needs is very important. What products have you used to keep the fiber and vitamins at appropriate levels?

    • I get products from scotland a place called wheat free bakery as their items are low fat and high fibre. i dont like prescription items and most gf stuff is high in fat and sugar so have always checked sugar, salt and fat content. I take fibre powder too added to yogurt, i try to a eat balanced diet and i have calcium and potassium tablets from the doctors just as coeliacs tend to be more prone to osteoporosis as well as bowel cancer so making sure fibre is high is important. Cutting a huge food group its important ppl read as much as they can, keep a food diary (other foods could also be an issue or it could be a different source completely). Eat varied and make and much from fresh as possible. Make more than needed and freeze for days when you need a quick meal

    • Shanna Filburn

      I have found the easiest thing at first is to just do a whole food type of diet. If you are eating/cooking with fresh veggies and meats, you are most likely going to be free of gluten. Watch your spices! Snacking is the hardest part, most of us are used to quick bars or crackers. You can find great healthy alternatives like Kind bars, Lara bars and rice crackers

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