Lifestyle Change: Gluten Free or Nah?

Ever wonder how much weight you could lose if you just cut out breads from your diet?
Voila! All you had to do was give up cake...cookies...soft, yet crunchy bread...
It's not so easy, is it?
Well what if I told you that Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance can be developed?
That eating those yummy things today, could hurt you tomorrow?
Here are some facts taken straight from http://www.celiaccentral.org/, go check it out for even more information!
  • It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions.
  • There are NO pharmaceutical cures for celiac disease, so catch it early.
  • An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease
  • Celiac disease can affect men and women across all ages and races.

How Does This Affect Me?

Now let's talk long term.
So you now realize that gluten in foods can harm you, but who cares? An upset stomach is nothing compared to giving up your favorite desserts!
Wrong.
Celiac disease can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and other autoimmune diseases.
Now that you may be considering stepping away from your favorite foods, let's talk about what gluten is.

So What IS It?

Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale.

Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.

Gluten can be found in many types of foods, even ones that would not be expected.

And It's In WHAT?

Foods that contain gluten are most commonly made with wheat or wheat based flours.
Here are some examples, for more check out http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/gluten-free-diets/what-foods-have-gluten.html.
  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Beer
  • Oats
  • Some Gravy/Dressings
  • Beer
  • Soy Sauce
And More!!
Don't let this discourage you though, all of those foods are available gluten free.

Again, Why Should I?

1) Going gluten free or limiting gluten will help you lose weight.
2) Cutting it out will improve your long term health.
3) Limiting it now will decrease your risk of getting Celiac Disease in the future.
4) You'll set a good example for friends and family.
5) Going gluten free decreases your depression.

A Summary...

Your lifestyle is your choice.
Cutting out or limiting gluten for a few weeks might just change your mind if you aren't convinced thus far.
Nonetheless, I wish you all good health! Thanks for reading.

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