I know from personal experience, the idea of eating gluten-free can be mind-boggling, overwhelming, and even depressing. Once you start eating a gluten-free diet, the results are almost immediate. For some, removing gluten from their diet is a choice. If you are one of these people and you happen to eat gluten, you are in luck — the gluten is not going to make you sick!
If you have been told to remove gluten from your diet for health reasons, take this warning very seriously. Every time you eat gluten, you can get sick, possibly severely so. And every subsequent time you ingest gluten, your reaction can become progressively worse. For you, my friends, this is a serious lifestyle change.
Gluten intolerance and Celiac disease are not forgiving in the least. For you, there will be no easing into your new diet or working “cheat days” into your diet plan. One small mistake and you can suffer miserably for days. Understanding the basics of gluten-freedom is essential. But there is hope … read on!
When you start eating gluten free, you will almost instantly feel the benefits.
Within the two to three days I experienced a significant decrease in bloating, and that “disconnected” feeling was gone. However, I believe my body started detoxing and that made me so tired. Thankfully, this lethargy lasted only a few days. There were times though that when toxins moved through my bowels I had flu-like symptoms.
The first two weeks were the most difficult.
Day-by-day I would feel a little bit better. Having more energy and less pain was a great incentive to keep marching forward. After thirty days, almost all of my symptoms disappeared. During those thirty days, I focused on allowing my body to heal so I only ate fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat, and fish. It was about two months or so before I introduced gluten-free baked goods into my diet.
Sheer Grit and Determination!
The longer you go without gluten the easier this lifestyle change becomes. Within the first week of eating gluten-free, we went out to eat dinner out with friends. Pizza Hut was the restaurant of choice (not mine). At that time Pizza Hut did not have a gluten-free menu. I ate at the salad bar and got really sick from cross-contamination.
The next time we dined out I brought my own food which consisted of Hemp protein powder in almond milk and an apple. While I did not get sick, the aroma of fresh-baked pizza right out of the oven … well, let’s just say the temptation was almost too much! Looking back, I now realize I should have opted to stay home until I had comfortably adapted to this new lifestyle.
Below are six benefits to eating gluten-free. If you take one day at a time and you stay focused on the end results soon you too will enjoy a healthy life that is gluten-free!
6 Benefits to Eating Gluten-Free
- Eliminates the need for prescription medications or surgery.
- Reading food labels mean healthier food choices.
- Saving money by not buying processed foods and dining out less.
- A new adventure.
- Healthier eating equals a healthier life. ‘
- You will be happier – you won’t be as irritable at work and at home!