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Gluten-Free Living Why Do It

 

There are many reasons to choose gluten-free living. Some people are allergic or have a food intolerance to gluten. While others are watching carbs or just trying to lose weight and others are just trying to live a more organic lifestyle. You can read at my journey here

I would like to focus on the allergy and food intolerance aspect of the gluten-free life. I hopefully can show you about gluten-free living why do it.

 

What is Gluten-Free Living

To understand gluten-free living you should first know what gluten is.

Gluten is the sticky stuff in wheat that holds it together and allows it to hold its shape, that glue that holds everything together.
Gluten makes it fluffy when baked, and is also what thickens gravies and sauces. So if it so good why give it up you ask?

Well for me it is because of allergies. It may also be that some people have an intolerance, which causes many otherWhat is Gluten-free living problems with the person’s health.

The difference between allergy and intolerance is the level of gluten your body can handle before having symptoms. This is my understanding from my doctor when it was explained to me. Gluten-free living is a healthier way of life for these people.

You may find as you continue reading this post that you are also affected by gluten and should consider gluten-free living.

What is gluten-free living, simply giving up gluten for a healthier you.
Read about the signs, you may be surprised at what you find.

Signs You Have a Gluten Allergy or Intolerance

Some signs you have a gluten allergy or intolerance could be:

  • Digestion issues such as constipation or diarrhea
  • Migrainessigns of gluten intolerance or allergy.
  • Brain fog
  • Tired all the time
  • Pain in the joints
  • Swelling
  • Sinus problems
  • Overweight, not being able to lose weight
  • Skin Rashes

These are only some signs, for a complete list I suggest you visit your doctor or allergy specialist.

The reason for some of this health issues may be due to a leaky gut, caused by the gluten allergy The leaky gut is where the gluten has produced toxins that eat through the lining of the intestines causing the “bad bugs” which are bacteria from the intestines to leak out into the body. Depending on where these “bad bugs” go is what determines the symptoms a person can have.

When you stop eating gluten the lining heals and the toxins and the “bad bugs” are eliminated out of the body. Your body naturally heals itself as they are flushed out. This sometimes takes weeks or months depending on the person.

To heal the gut you need to know what foods contain gluten and avoid them.

 

List of Foods Containing Gluten

This is just a small list of foods containing gluten, for your protection read labels this is really important, and you need to read all labels of the products you buy. You may be surprised like I was to find out that gluten can be lurking in many things. Some of them include:

  • Bread, cakes, cookies, and baked goods unless specified gluten-free
  • Flour, all wheat flour, barley, and some corn meals contain gluten
  • Most baked goods especially boxed such as cakes, pancake mix, baking powder, etc.
  • Malt and malt products, such as beer, malt-o meal, Ovaltine, etc.
  • All pasta including ramen noodles unless specified gluten-free
  • Gravies, sauces,
  • Seasoning packets, such as taco and chiliRead Labels
  • Salad dressings
  • soups, stews, and chili
  • Some dairy products
  • Puddings, Chips,
  • Some OTC medications, vitamins, and prescription medications.
  • Some shampoos and lotion
  • Some Oatmeal soaks for bath
  • And much more

The beginning of your Gluten-Free Life

So where to start you may ask? Well, the first step is to visit your doctor or allergy specialist. No one should start a life change without this step.

The next step is to read labels I cannot stress enough how important it is to do this. You will become an expert at this in no time and it will become second nature. Just read everything.

The next step is to make good choices. There is a lot of good gluten-free flours to make homemade products andBeginning your new life some boxed gluten-free products as well.
I have found that I can now turn almost any dish into a gluten-free meal and guess what, it tastes really good.

So now, today could be the beginning of your gluten-free life.

Nugget of wisdom

Now that you have gotten to this area you know what gluten is, what some signs of gluten allergies or intolerance to gluten are, and some products that contain gluten.

You also know the steps to take toward your gluten-free life. By reading labels and making good choices. My hope for you is that you found a nugget of wisdom here has helped you find a way to a better, and healthier life.

Please feel free to leave a comment below. I would love to hear about your gluten-free life wherever you are in your journey.

For wisdom is better than rubies and all things desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 8:11KJV2000

 

Blessings,

Lynda

 

18 Comments

  1. Hi Lynda,
    Thank you for this post. I believe I have an intolerance to gluten.

    I usually have a sandwich for lunch and recently, I started to notice that I was feeling really tired after eating it and having this feeling of bloatedness (symptoms you have also mentioned).

    I was talking to a friend of mine about this and she said it’s the bread and that as a black woman, we are more prone to gluten intolerance as we age. Since then, I’ve cut back on the amount of gluten I eat and feel so much better!

    Do you know if there is any evidence that gluten affects people due to age and/or ethnicity? I know for certain health issues such as prostrate cancer and diabetes it has been said to affect certain groups of people more than others.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks
    Jacqueline

    1. I am not aware of Ethcinticy, being a cause but I have been told it is more prevalent with women than men.

      I also know that the person doesn’t have symptoms until the body is so toxic that it just doesn’t function normally anymore which would mean as we age we get so overloaded that we finally have the symptoms and many problems that a lot of people just think is about getting older.

      Such as arthritis, memory loss, liver and kidney problems, low iron, and thyroid problems. I hope this has answered your question. If you have any more feel free to ask or you may email me at any time.

      Blessings,
      Lynda

  2. Hi! Thank you very much for this very simple but useful explanation about how gluten affects us. I didn’t know it had to do with  bacteria from the intestines that leak out into our body. And it’s really a marvel that  our body can naturally heal itself after weeks or months.

    The list of things that contain gluten is pretty long. I’ll have to begin to read the labels. At least I’ll try to incorporate this practice into my daily life. Thank you very much!

    1. Thanks for the kind words!! Yes, the list is long it is most pre-packaged foods I have learned to eat more “whole foods”  which just means fresh and not boxed or packaged. Even if you do eat gluten am glad you are going to read the labels, I would also like to challenge you to and look up the words of the preservatives and additives and what they do to the body. I think you will understand then why I stress this point. Much luck to you!! 

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  3. This post is highly educative. I do experience some signs of gluten allergies or intolerance you mentioned and going through the list of foods you listed. To me by the time I removed all those foods from my diet, I don’t have anything else to eat. That said, I think other things apart from gluten might be responsible for some of those signs. I normally experience constipation if I eat late into the night and don’t such food to digest before going to bed. That said, wisdom demands we all avoid foods that make us sick or uncomfortable. We need to make good choices just as you mentioned.

    1. Thank you for the kind words!! 

      Some symptoms can be a number of things. Having said that, I really recommend you see your doctor for a test.  You can do this if you want it takes learning how to make most of your own foods at home, not buying prepackaged foods. Buy from your local farmers market  Eating more fruits and veggies. I know the list looks daunting but it can be done! Good Luck!!

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  4. I was first made aware of the gluten issue that some people must live with while in the military 30 years ago. Similar to other allergies and diet special conditions we had to deal with, as a logistician with a food service background, one segment of our work was getting the right foods to our soldiers so they remained ready for battle.

    Even that long ago, there were people that had to eat gluten-free or suffer the consequences. It was really hard back then because there was not the attention to the problem that there is today. Identifying options for these afflicted soldiers was tough. It was often a hit and miss attempt, and in some environments darn near impossible for us to accommodate people who needed a gluten-free diet.

    Later, about 20 years ago, I had a close friend whose wife had the same intolerance for gluten, and together we worked out a set of foods and diet that would offer her enough of a variety of foods (and recipes) so she could have a near normal lifestyle.

    These days, there has been a lot of attention to this issue, and there are more foods designed to address the problem. Add to this using the checking of labels you mention (which often include gluten information) and the many support websites, and organizations that are out there,  I can see that things are much improved for those suffering from a gluten intolerance problem years ago.

    Nonetheless, there are some discipline and tenacity required to be able to practice a completely gluten-free diet, as there are so many temptations out there. Often it comes to how much discomfort you can put up with regarding the side effects such as muscle aches and pains, skin outbreaks, etc. Once these become too debilitating, changing the diet becomes easier, Great advice and post, thanks! 

     

    1. I appreciate your kind comments!! I did not know that it has been a problem for that long. You taught me something today and for that I thank you!! I feel every day we can learn new things.

       I have been at the dehabiliting end of this allergy and had no idea what was wrong with me. I(finally found a doctor that understood I was not just lazy and a hypochondriac I was really bad sick ..I had to stop the gluten I now have some of my mobility back but not like I should for my age. 

      But as my body heals I am getting better every day. Gluten-free living is the only way I can truly live I understand the people that need that change and I am so thankful I was able to.

       I hope to help others that need the change to make the transition easier.

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  5. I really do appreciate this article about gluten-free. I am going to bookmark this page so I can show  mom this information, she doesn’t like taking it though because according to her it makes people get fatter than they are. So for that, she avoids anything that has to do with it. This information that is delivered here says that it is good. And it causes allergy for some people in which she doesn’t fall into that category. Thanks for the information 

    1. You are quite welcome and thank you for the kind words.

       I hope your Mom will like the article as much as you. 

      Blessings, 

      Lynda

  6. Hi Linda!

    First off I would like to say I really like your site! You include a lot of details on topics that are interesting to me (who doesn’t LOVE tea?!?!?) I do believe I have a gluten sensitivity as well because I get bloated when I consume it. I appreciate the way you give details on the different foods that could contain gluten as well. I never stopped to consider seasonings! Very helpful information! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I do love my tea!! 

      I would see your doctor and just get his/her opinion, that is the first step in getting knowledge and Knowledge is power!

      Blessings,

      Lynda

  7. This article has been an eye opener as I can’t believe the things gluten can cause to human health. In this article I discovered I found one or two symptoms written in this article. I’m glad the first step I need to take is to see my doctor as we can know what next to do. Great article

  8. Great Content and Information!

    What a concise and thorough article. I found the post very detailed and Informative. I have known about Gluten-free living but I had never tasted its benefits this much. Thanks for outlining  the difference between allergy and intolerance. This is eye-catching and Insightful information.

    Thanks for sharing 

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