Gluten Free living, because of health reasons and not a fad diet. That’s what we’re gonna talk about today kids.
Well a little bit,(I do try to keep the A~Z posts short) and because Gluten Free in this sense, is very serious business. For some people, those with Celiac Disease especially, it is even more serious than it is for me. I suffer with Gluten Intolerance or Sensitivity. Had I been tested for Celiac Disease at the time I had my first full-blown reaction, things may have been different.
GLUTEN: is a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with Celiac disease. It is also present in Rye, Barley, and triticale (a wheat-rye cross).
For me specifically, if I ingest gluten I start with an itch in my throat, a constant need to clear my throat, I get itchy watery eyes, mucus, sneezing, I develop a migraine, sometimes I can get stomach pains, gas, bloating, pains in my back, nausea, and hives. These are just a few of the symptoms I get when I eat gluten, and some of the symptoms can last for days. The more careful I am about making sure gluten does not invade my diet (mistakes made by restaurants, family , friends, cross contamination just to name a few) the more severe the symptoms can be.
I am fortunate that in this day and age, there are more products that are being developed gluten-free. I try to keep my gluten-free diet (which by the way I hate to use the word diet, because this is a way of life, a necessity, a need, not a fad to lose some weight.) as natural, and clean as possible. Eating the least amount of processed foods I can. But there are days where a nice bagel, pizza, grilled cheese sandwich, or a cupcake is needed. So I’m happy there are more options.
Gluten is not dangerous for people who do not have gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, but there are proponents that think eliminating it can assist in various other forms of auto immune diseases, such as Thyroid issues. It is possible and of course something that you should look into with your doctor.
If someone tells you they need to eat gluten-free, for whatever their reasons are, DON’T assume that because there are certain people who say the same thing, but then devour the bread basket, or eat that piece of German Chocolate Cake, that we are ALL the same. There are those people who really do a huge disservice to those of us who NEED to eat this way for our safety and well-being. Don’t assume we are all like the nagging fad dieter who does it cause they think it’s the next hot trend. This is not a trend and honestly I don’t think I would ever choose to do this had I no real health reason to do so.
I follow a select few Powerhouse Gluten Free Bad Ass Advocates (as I like to call them) and you can find them here:
This does not cover the full extent of Celiac Disease, or Gluten Intolerance but it is just a glimpse of some things. I wil be writing more about both in the coming weeks.
There is no cure for Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease, and the only treatment is to follow a gluten-free diet.
IMPORTANT: Do not self-diagnose. If you think you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, talk to your doctor about testing before you start a gluten-free diet. This is the only way to ensure accurate test results and protect your long-term health.
Find out more about testing and screening.
Read more at http://celiac.org/celiac-disease/non-celiac-gluten-sensitivity/#1qRSQ0m1zluP647Y.99