23 August 2012

Gluten Free: Fad or Forever?

From Food Allergy Gal
Gluten Free? Health Fad or Here to stay

I hear people going "gluten free" or "dairy free" to stay thin or because they think it's "healthy." Some people take one look at me and say, "I wish I had food allergies. I would be thin too." I'm flattered- but with or without food allergies, I was thin. This is not a lifestyle choice for me. This is not something I will be able to stop doing when I reach my "perfect weight." I'm sorry to report the 10 most common food allergens are things that also contain many good vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. I MUST live this way to avoid being very sick and/or dying with some foods. 
While Gluten may sounds like Gluttony, please don't think it is or has anything to do with it.

Just because there is a shiny red or green sticker on something in the stores now, does not mean it's "healthy." A recent tell all truth from major food manufactures- speaks to this healthy perception as well, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0. This article will knock you on your feet. 

Healthy is all perception. If I share one lesson learned in life, it is this, "Every person has their own molecular set up, whatever "healthy diet" your best friend or neighbor is on, might not be equally as good for you. Know your body, be honest with yourself about your body and the foods you put in. Keep track of your body. I am not a nutritionist, a life coach, a doctor, a scientist, a fitness instructor or anything of the sort. I am just Food Allergy Gal, experienced in life and my own medical issues. I've watched and listened to others and had my own life experience. I do research and I read and then fact check. Speak with a doctor, nutritionist or coach before you cut out one of the healthy food pyramid items or journal what you ate and how you felt after. 
Love your food

Before food allergies, I lived by the following sayings, "Love your food! Be able to pronounce the food you are eating. Cook with real ingredients." Yes, I did use whole milk, half and half, butter, yogurt and cheese in my cooking before diagnosed with one of food allergies. It's delicious and I miss the flavor, but I don't miss feeling sick.  I also made delicious pear and walnut salads, fried chicken, and sushi (not all a the same time of course). I've tried to eat a little bit of everything in my life and have hardly ever passed up trying something new in food, of course this is a heck of a lot harder with 9 food allergies now. 

There are 3 million, DIAGNOSED Celiacs in America and about 5 million globally. Gluten is the root of the problem for celiacs. They MUST live a 100% GLUTEN FREE lifestyle in order to live without being constantly sick. People with celiac will never "outgrow" it and there is no cure, just as there is no cure for food allergies. 

This is serious! A serious lifelong illness, not a fad diet plan that will fade away. 
Food allergies and intolerance are not going away either, they are increasing rapidly as a matter of fact. If you feel better when you don't eat something, there is a chance that food is not right for you. If you can't breathe, turn itchy or red or have diarrhea  nausea or vomiting after eating something, you likely have an intolerance or food allergy to that item. Read everything you can on things. 

Did you know a lot of alternative to wheat flours are actually higher in calories than wheat, in most cases? If you can eat wheat, I recommend you do. Leave the gluten free, dairy free, food allergy free items- to those who CANNOT. If bread makes you feel fat, try eating more vegetables  try looking up different ways to prepare them. Talk to JamieLiving.com- who is awesome at coming up with healthy ways to incorporate good foods and recipes into your regular day. 
Eating gluten free pancakes, bread, and crackers might contribute to further obesity or unwanted weight gain. 

Skin Testing
Food Allergy testing is done by skin test, blood test, and elimination. Celiac disease is a longer more drawn out process that includes, stool samples, blood work, small intestine biopsy and monitoring. Either way, see a professional and do your homework before you start living without gluten. 

If you don't have an allergy or intolerance to food, PLEASE STOP staying that you do, it gives the rest of us who have an allergy, a bad name. If you are picky, just say so. If you are food intolerant, say that, if you are dieting without, say that.  Be honest to the Chef and Food Server. Let them know, so they can better serve you.   Food allergies are not a FAD or TREND. If you haven't been tested for food allergies, your body isn't breaking out in hives, welts, cyst, you aren't having GI issues, migraines, acne, bloating, throat isn't swelling up, tongue isn't itchy, skin isn't red, dry, and flaky... you probably don't have a food allergy. Don't claim you have an allergy to lose weight though. 

Gluten is NOT a 10 most common food allergy by the way- WHEAT resides in top 10 food allergen list and yes, wheat does happen to have gluten in it,  but gluten is not wheat. I have an article on what Gluten is... It's very helpful. Click Here for gluten information.  Click to see the 10 most common Food Allergens

Don't take my word for it, let me give you more experts on this subject: 

A Medical Doctor on "Is Gluten Free Healthier?": 
More and more groceries and health food stores stock gluten-free products. That’s good news for people with celiac disease, who for health reasons should not eat wheat with gluten. Yet paradoxically, most of the people who reach for gluten-free products don’t have celiac disease and or even a sensitivity to wheat, Peter H.R. Green, MD, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, told WebMD. "The market for gluten-free products is exploding. Why exactly we don’t know. Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier." In fact, it isn't.  For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for others, "unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber," says Green.

A registered Dietitian on Gluten Free Diets:

“A gluten free diet is designed for those with the medical diagnosis of gluten sensitivities and reactions. It was not designed to be a weight loss program,” celebrity nutritionist and registered dietitian Lisa DeFazio told Celebuzz. “Do not just follow the diet because Miley and Victoria are doing it!” DeFazio says people should not just jump on the gluten-free bandwagon for the sake of it, especially since it can cause weight gain.
“Gluten free foods may have other ingredients such as fat that you do not need,” said DeFazio. “It is a strict diet and if you are not gluten sensitive or have Celiac, you are putting yourself through unnecessary restrictions.
“Unfortunately in Hollywood, celebs announce their diet plan and everyone wants to do it, but these celebrities are not medical experts so do not follow their lead without seeing the REAL qualified experts to see if you really need to restrict your diet!”

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  1. this is a very interesting question.i don't think it will stay for ever but it will be here for a while.our bakery had a huge demand for gluten free bread and breakfast and we started to produce some items and eventually we will sale it on our website.the only issue is the price,this is really really expensive but with people having food allergies it could be a very interesting market

  2. Gluten is a combination of necessary protein found in most grain. It is very essential that one need to prevent the occurrence of gluten intolerance, which is wheat allergic reaction, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and celiac disease. Thus avoiding gluten-free eating plan is the only way to avoid such illnesses. A gluten-free eating plan requires a complete understanding of what it is and what foods contain in large ratios. Know more here about 3 days weight lose plan http://3daysmilitarydiet.com/effect/how-to-lose-weight-in-3-days.html

  3. This article is spot on. I often read about people doing the "gluten-free" diet that I often wonder why they do it. I had my share of food intolerance in my life so when I went on a diet using the 3 Day Military Diet, I made sure it is flexible enough to allow food substitutions. There are certain food that trigger throat itchiness in me like the ordinary eggplant, would you believe? I was able to replace some food that I know I am sensitive to while managing to retain healthier options. In the end of the 3 days, I lost around 6 pounds and I'm happy with it. I can cycle the diet so I plan to do it again next week. By the way, if you want to learn and make a review of the military diet, here's a good resource link http://3daysmilitarydiet.com/faq/best-drink-for-the-military-diet.html


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