Saturday, June 11, 2011

Transitioning to a gluten free life

Becoming gluten free can be easy or not so easy.

It's all about how you choose to look at it. Beginning the journey to a gluten free life style can add huge benifits to your health. Between feeling better, losing weight, having more energy and a better over all mood. Becoming gluten free is a life style change for the best. How to get there is a journey and choice in patience. The best way to a gluten free life is to start with whole foods diet. Cut out anything that comes in a package/box/bottle. This will eliminate many errors and additives that you might encounter along your journey. When in doubt check the ingredients. 

Many times additives / preservatives / flavoring  / coloring has gluten in it. Many supermarkets now carry gluten free lines. You can get almost anything at your local market, or by ordering on line. Yet these items can be over priced and just as unhealthy as the regular items on another shelf. The best and healthiest way is to look for foods with no packaging.

Take care to not mix foods that are gluten free and not gluten free. Anytime gluten is mixed with something without gluten, it becomes 'contaminated' or now has gluten. The example I can give was, I was offered a bagel flat today that was rice,corn and whole wheat. I was offered it cause it doesn't have as much gluten as a regular bagel. A little or alot does not change anything. With gluten its an all or nothing kind of game. There either is gluten and you can get sick or there isn't any and you won't get sick.

It is also something to keep in mind when having a gluten intolerance or allergy, it takes 2 weeks to get gluten out of your system to feel better. Take care of what you put in your mouth to take care of your body.

This week I challenge you to cut all gluten out of your diet for the next two weeks. And let me know how you feel and any way that I can support you this week.

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