GLUTEN: WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?
Gluten is the protein part of wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found in a wide variety of foods; especially processed foods. Hereâ€™s the problem: Many people are allergic to gluten and donâ€™t know it.
In our society, we are bombarded with grains. They are everywhere. Grains, especially processed grains, have become the main staple in our diet. Many people donâ€™t even eat fruits and vegetables on a regular basis anymore.
The major allergic reactions to gluten are inflammatory responses. Symptoms such as arthritis and fibromyalgia, as well as aggressive behavior are common. Wheat and gluten can also cause irritability, lethargy, and is a major contributor in the epidemic of obesity.
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When I eat wheat, especially processed wheat, it makes me feel extremely tired. At times, I will notice that I become more aggressive. I will get irritated at situations that normally wouldnâ€™t affect me. Many of my clients and friends have reported similar reactions to eating wheat.
As mentioned above, grains are used in many processed foods. The following terms found in food labels may mean that there is gluten in the product:
â€¢ Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Hydrolyzed Plant Protein, or Vegetable Protein
â€¢ Flour or Cereal Products
â€¢ Malt or Malt Flavoring
â€¢ Modified Starch or Modified Food Starch
â€¢ Vegetable Gum
â€¢ Soy Sauce
â€¢ Malt Vinegar
Also, any of the following words on food labels usually means that a grain containing gluten has been used:
I have seen many people come off of gluten and they have experienced radical changes in their lives. They act, look, and feel remarkably better. People that were once bed ridden now lead healthy vibrant lives.
Some of the positive effects of a gluten free diet include:
â€¢ Relief of body aches and pains
â€¢ Relief from depression
â€¢ Increased energy
â€¢ Weight loss
Of particular interest to women: I have found that women who eliminate gluten from their diet find it much easier to lose weight and keep it off. Relief from PMS symptoms has been reported by my clients as well.
GLUTEN-FREE FOOD TAGS
You are going to start to see â€œgluten-freeâ€ tag’s on many products in the supermarket, especially Whole Foods type markets. It’s like a buzzword right now. This is not a bad thing. Remember, what I have found with people is that if they can cut gluten out of their diet it is much easier for them to obtain a desirable body weight. In other words, you will lose weight and keep it off with less effort. It takes a little time to learn which foods do and do not have gluten in them, but once you do it becomes second nature and it is not a problem at all. It is definitely worth the effort.
Grains that do not contain gluten:
You’re probably asking yourself this question right now:
Is it really worth the effort to cut gluten out of my diet?
The answer is YES!
Let me give you a personal example of how it helped me:
I like to run in 5k races. Here’s the problem, I was limited on the amount of times I could run a 5k every year because my left knee would get sore every time I trained for an event.
At the request of a naturopathic doctor, I cut gluten and corn from diet. I didn’t want to, but I did.
And, it was the wisest decision I’ve ever made.
Today when I run in a 5k, I have zero knee pain. Can you believe that? No knee pain whatsoever!
All this because I cut gluten and corn from my diet.
Note: I completely cut gluten form my diet for three weeks in a row. That’s it. That is how quickly you can see the benefits.
Nowadays, My diet isn’t 100% gluten free. It is almost impossible to remain gluten free in our modern world. However, I am probably about 99% gluten free.
Why? Because I like living pain free, maintaining my energy levels, and being in control of my emotions.
Staying away from wheat and gluten does all of these things for me.
What do you think?
Do you have any food allergies? Or, do you think you might have some food allergies that you don’t know about?
Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear what you have to say!
Committed to your success,
Alexander Morentin, C.E.S.
Whole Foods Evangelist
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