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.
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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 other 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
- Brain fog
- Tired all the time
- Pain in the joints
- 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 bake 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 chili
- 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 and 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.