Beginner’s Guide To Being Gluten-Free
Nutrition, as it relates to the body, is still in its infancy. Every day, more and more science begins to come out about what foods are good and what are bad. The latest buzzword is gluten-free. What is it, and is it something that you should try?
What is gluten and why is everyone suddenly talking about it?
Gluten is a binding agent that can be found in wheat, rye, and barley. It is comprised of two proteins called glutenin and gliadin, which gives dough it’s sticky like texture. It has recently received more attention because people are recognizing gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity. Some people’s digestive tract see gluten as a foreign invader that the immune system needs to attack. Others aren’t as severe in their response, but they experience other inflammation symptoms like rashes, headaches, and upset stomachs.
Are You Sensitive?
The only way for you to figure out if gluten is causing issues for you is to go gluten-free for a time. You need to avoid any and all gluten containing products for at least 6 weeks for your body to completely process it out of your system. You will also start to learn what your body feels like without gluten as well. After the 6 week mark of being 100% gluten-free, then you can introduce gluten back into your diet. Eat a decent amount of pasta, wheat, and other gluten containing ingredients for at least 3 days. Wait and see how your body responds. Take note of any upset stomach, digestive issues, bloating, irritability, cloudy thoughts, headaches, and big mood swings. These can all be linked back to gluten. If you experience an influx of problems after being gluten-free, then you definitely know that you have a sensitivity to it. Depending on the severity, talk to your doctor about the health effects.
What Can You Eat?
If you can’t eat pasta, dough, wheat, cakes, cereal, beer, and breads, then what do you eat? Most processed foods have gluten containing ingredients, or have the potential for gluten contamination in the factories. You need to read the food labels clearly to see if there’s been added gluten to your food. So, what can you eat? There’s a giant list of remaining foods that you can choose from. Try new things like quinoa, oats, rice, flax, millet, and corn. You can have all meats, fruits, vegetables, and good fats. At first the diet may seem incredibly limiting, but once you open up your mind, you’ll see a world of food before you. You can eat chicken, beef, pork, strawberries, pears, pineapple, coleslaw, beans, broccoli, squash, butter, jelly, honey, coffee, and on and on. You won’t go hungry on the gluten-free diet.
By eliminating gluten temporarily, you can notice what health issues it can present with you. If you find better health without gluten, then you know to continue with you new lifestyle diet. Nowadays, food supplies, restaurants, and labels are making it easier for us to have an easy gluten-free diet. It’s easier than ever to have a healthy diet.