This video is about How to Start Eating Gluten Free
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The very first post I ever wrote was focused on the 5 reasons why I am gluten free. In this post, we are going to talk about how you can begin eating gluten free as well! I know that the thought of giving up that beloved slice of pizza or morning bagel may seem like an impossible task, but believe me when I say that ditching the grains can make all the difference in your body. I know this from personal experience. I have been living the paleo/gluten free lifestyle for about 18 months now and don’t see myself going back anytime soon. Why? Because I feel great! I have so much energy, my tummy is flat, my skin is clear and I no longer crash mid-day from hunger.
Weather it’s something that you’ve been thinking about for a while, or it’s just something that sounds interesting, this post and video are for you! Remember that every body is different and has unique nutritional needs. If gluten free living isn’t for you, no problem! You need to do what is right for your body and lifestyle. But if you’re ready to give it a try, here are my top 3 tips for going gluten free.
1. Know What You’re Getting Into: As I mentioned above, everyone is different, so going gluten free will have different effects on each person. For me, I went through some bizarre withdrawal systems the first two weeks of eliminating wheat out of my diet. I had night sweats, headaches, weird cravings, and I was moody (not the norm for me!). Dr. William Davis who wrote the book Wheat Belly, says that this can be typical for the first few weeks because our bodies are just so used to ingesting wheat products. The average American consumes 180 pounds of wheat per year. That’s a lot of cereal! So it’s no surprise that our bodies may need to detox from all of that gluten. The trick is really to ride it out. I promise there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
2. Don’t Eat “Gluten Free” Foods: When you are first embarking on your grain free journey, you will want to avoid food labeled as “gluten free.” The reason for this is because you want to switch from eating processed foods (anything that comes from a box) to whole, clean foods (organic veggies, fruits and proteins). When food companies remove the gluten from their products, they have to replace it with something. This “something” is typically GMO ridden corn or processed soy product. Not good. Now this is not to say that you can’t ever eat anything labeled as “gluten free,” but just make sure that you read the labels very carefully to ensure you are eating the most high quality food possible.
3. Know Your Reasons: So many people believe that the gluten free lifestyle is just a trend. Others don’t even know what gluten is! Knowing why you are committing to making such a huge diet change is essential to your success. Read as many books, articles and blog posts about the subject can you can and don’t just take it from me! There are so many people who have benefited greatly from getting rid of the gluten. I will also caution you because there will be well-meaning family members (and not-so-nice people) that question your health and diet choices. Knowing the science and reasons for why you are choosing to eat this way will keep you on track when your best friend asks, “can’t you just have one doughnut??”