GOING GLUTEN FREE – EASY AS 1-2-3!
We’ve all heard – especially in the fibromyalgia and autoimmune world – that going wheat and gluten free can have powerfully healing benefits. Because you can learn more about my own journey to health (including my experience in going wheat/gluten free) in my book, FibroWHYalgia, I’ll focus today just on the how rather than the why.
So, what common foods contain wheat/gluten? You can visit www.Celiac.com for a more comprehensive “no-no” list, but in general, wheat/gluten can be found in many/most processed foods as well as these fundamental ingredients:
– Enriched Flours
– Bleached Flours
– Brown Flours
– Oatmeal (contamination likely if processed in a mfg. facility with other wheat/gluten products)
– Teriyaki Sauce
Now, does that list look like your entire diet? If so, it may be a glaring indication of one cause of your pain and inflammation problems.
If you tend to eat whole foods (foods found in nature), then you’re one step ahead of the game. You’ve already eliminated a large percentage of the wheat/gluten no-no list.
Did you notice how many veggies you see on this list? None! If your daily food intake consists of healthy proteins (whether animal or plant based), fresh, whole vegetables, and healthy fats – you’re in the clear!
Of course, finding the correct balance of these nutrients for you is part of your own health journey.
Don’t make this harder than it has to be.
After speaking to a friend who had recently gone on a wheat/gluten free weekend, I was amazed at her frustration and confusion over the issue. She had a meltdown explaining her empty bank account, her empty resources of energy, and her increase of symptoms!
In my humble opinion, she’d jumped right from the fire to the frying pan (or, more likely, from bread to a gluten-free bagel). She spent boatloads of $$ at the store on any package that shouted Gluten Free! Her nutrition pendulum had swung from gluten-filled packaged foods to gluten-free packaged foods. But wait … what’s in those gluten free packaged products anyway?
While we can point the finger at wheat/gluten for increasing pain and digestive troubles, what about the other artificial and chemical ingredients listed? What other ingredients can also be the cause of pain, inflammation, irritable bowel symptoms, etc.?
Let’s keep it simple.
1) Eat veggies.
2) Eat quality proteins (i.e., animal meats, and/or beans, legumes, nuts, seeds).
3) Eat high quality fats (i.e., coconut/grapeseed/olive oils, avocado, raw cream, etc.).
In other words … think outside the box (or bag, or can….you get the point).
Got questions? Let me know how you’re doing!