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The idea of eating foods without gluten can be mind-boggling. When you start eating gluten-free you will almost instantly feel the results!
Benefits of Eating Gluten-Free
I know from personal experience, the idea of eating gluten-free can be mind-boggling and crushing. Once you start eating a gluten-free diet however, 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 are one of those who 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 is 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 first day or two, 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 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.
Below are six gluten-free tips to help you make the transition. 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!
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 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 comfortably adapted to my new lifestyle.
6 Benefits to Eating Gluten-Free
- Eliminates the need for prescription medications or surgery.
- Reading food labels means healthier food choices
- Saving money by not buying processed foods and dining out less.
- A new adventure.
- Healthier eating equals a healthier life.
- People will like you better – you won’t be as irritable at work and home!
Cross-contamination occurs when non-gluten food comes into contact with gluten containing food. Is it a concern? Absolutely! Your reaction will depend on how sensitive you are to gluten. For me, it is vital that I do not eat cross-contaminated food! Even a little makes me extremely sick.
When you eat out (whether in a restaurant or at someone’s home), you are always at risk for cross-contamination. There are many restaurants with great gluten-free menus. I always let the waiter know that I am gluten-free and occasionally the opportunity presents itself to educate someone about living a life without gluten.
Preventing cross-contamination is easier to achieve at home. You would not use the same tools for cooking non-gluten foods as for gluten. For example, you would purchase a new toaster to toast gluten-free bread. Having and maintaining a gluten-free kitchen is vital. The two week point of eating gluten-free provides an opportunity to implement a reward system. If tangible rewards motivate you, treat yourself to a little something. Anything goes except food containing gluten! The absolute best reward however, will be your new improved health!
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