Two years ago most were unaware of what gluten free was, had never heard of Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity was a non-issue. Now, gluten free is on the top ten list of the most overused words that people are sick of hearing.
With Celiac disease, doctors know little about it, aren’t sure how to diagnose it, and from so many horror stories I have read, aren’t thinking gluten may even be at the root of many people’s health or mental issues. Yet, it is amazing when people alone make the choice to go gluten free, thousands upon thousands are feeling better. Strange isn’t it, that a simple ingredient like wheat can impact so many lives in such an awful way.
Gluten Free Is Not A Death Sentence
I’m happy, you know why? BECAUSE I AM NOT SICK ANYMORE! I feel good and sometimes even feel quite fantastic. Going gluten free is a lifestyle, it is not a diet or a fad and not something I can do ‘most of the time’. It may be one of the most overused words for 2013, but it saved my life and to me, that is no joking matter.
I know it sucks giving up your favorite bread, those wondrous puff pastries and practically 3/4 of all the food out there. To completely change your lifestyle and have to worry about every little thing that goes into your mouth. But truthfully, I eat much healthier because of it.
People hear that they shouldn’t eat gluten, but how many really know why? Gluten issues are starting to become a food epidemic in this country, but it’s not just gluten. Our food system as a whole is to blame and so many refuse to believe it.
Correlating our rising health issues with the 60,000 pounds of food the average person consumes in a lifetime filled with vending machines, McDonalds and Taco Bells that have reclaimed our kitchens. Add in the GMO’s, food additives, aspartame and dyes that have reclaimed our farm style whole ingredients. We have a whole young generation of kids that have grown up completely consuming, for the better part of their short lifetime, a diet full of processed and manufactured foods.
What you consume day in and day out, 365 days a year, is the fuel that feeds your body and brain, stimulates the immune system and helps fight disease. Clean oil runs a clean car, dirty oil jams it up. Same concept with food and how it affects the body.
I know people do not want to give up their GMO cheetos, their fakeDonalds and diet ‘aspartame filled’ Coke, processed, convenient foods, but this stuff is seriously BAD for you. There has been plenty of documented research to support these facts. We are far from living off farm fresh food anymore, the body knows it and it is having a hard time adapting.
A little interesting fact is, 80% of a body’s serotonin is made in the gut and a few things Serotonin is involved in is:
This is why when you eat bad food you feel bad as well; emotionally, physically and mentally. So buck up little campers, going gluten free is not a death sentence, your body has given you a warning sign to start eating better. Try not to concentrate on what you cannot eat but all the new foods and recipes you can. Concentrate on how much better you are going to look and feel. The day I went gluten free I never looked back because I am a healthier person for it now.
One of my favorite quotes is from Sayer Ji:
“View Celiac Disease not as an unhealthy response to a healthy food, but as a healthy response to an unhealthy food”
Change starts one person at a time. That person is me and you. Strive for a better future and not just a better now.