Today’s feature article was inspired by one of my clients whose son was just recently diagnosed with Celiac disease. As a result the whole family has gone gluten free for just simplicity’s sake. Now my client had been working towards this anyways so this diagnosis’ was just the final push to really make it happen. So today I thought I would share some of the benefits to being gluten free since it has been a bit of a hot topic for the last few years.
Are you gluten free???
It seems like everyone is jumping on the gluten free diet plan lately. Should you join them is the question!
There is still a lot of confusion out there surrounding gluten-free dieting these days as many people believe they have a gluten intolerance (also known as being celiac) so they must avoid gluten at all costs.
It can take about 12 months to be diagnosed with Celiac disease as the testing is not always accurate and more than 330,000 Canadians are believed to be affected by celiac disease with only approximately 110,000 diagnosed and nearly 30% of Canadian children with celiac disease are initially misdiagnosed.(http://www.cdhf.ca/en/statistics)
But… there are still many benefits to be had by ditching foods containing gluten.
What are these benefits? What happens when you say good-bye to gluten?
1. Your Mood Increases
You heard correctly – avoiding gluten might just bring a better mood. Gluten causes many people to feel foggy minded and potentially experience higher levels of anxiety and depression. Upon giving it up, these symptoms should lessen.
A better mood might help you stay more positive about your weight loss goals and nutrition plan.
2. Your Tummy Will Tighten
Gluten, and all the carbs that typically come with it can cause many people to retain extra water. This means you’ll be looking a little more bloated and ‘puffy’ than normal.
Cut out gluten and you’ll see less water retention, slimming you down almost instantly.
3. Improved Blood Glucose Control
When you avoid foods with gluten, it means you’ll also be avoiding many of the highly processed, flour-based foods that can wreak havoc on blood glucose levels.
It’s this fluctuation in blood glucose that often leads to fat gain, so it’s not abnormal to see those cutting or reducing gluten experience an immediate boost to their weight loss results.
Without gluten, they maintain stabilized blood sugar, giving them more control over their food choices and their hunger.
Where is Gluten Sneaking In?
Now that you can see the benefits to limit how much gluten you consume, it’s time to take action and start removing it from your pantry.
Sadly, it’s easier said than done with the reason being gluten sneaks in. It’s in places you’d least expect it.
Some of the sneaky gluten culprits include:
- Soy sauce or any condiment with a base of soy sauce
- Salad dressings and/or other marinades
- Spice mixtures
- Imitation fish
- Orzo (which is a rice-shaped pasta)
- Soup (dried mixes)
- Ground meat (yes, check the lables on hamberger patties etc)
- French fries
Always be on the lookout. Start reading labels so that you know exactly what you’re taking in.