Is Gluten for Me? Is a Gluten-Free Diet Healthy?

Gluten-free diets have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, and for good reason! The benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle are many and wide-ranging, so cutting certain foods out of your diet will be worth it in the long-run.

What is gluten?
Gluten is a type of protein (technically a mixture of proteins) found in different types of grains and is often used in the production of bread products because it makes the bread more elastic, flexible, and “chewy.” Typically, a gluten-free diet is required by people who have celiac disease because their bodies can not absorb the gluten; however, this diet has become more popular with people who don’t have celiac disease. Some people without this autoimmune condition can still react negatively to eating gluten, and this is referred to as non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Research on the effects of gluten on people without celiac disease is still ongoing and developing and is beginning to clearly show the benefits of going gluten-free.

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Benefits of a gluten-free diet
Whether you have non-celiac gluten sensitivity or just want to improve your general health, a gluten-free diet is a good idea. Going gluten-free will help you to lose weight if you’re overweight, improve mood, increase energy, reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and reduce inflammation.

Interestingly, gluten is the only known edible protein that the human body can not digest (it’s broken down and nutrients are absorbed by villi in the small intestine, except in people with celiac disease), so naturally removing it from your diet will improve your digestive health overall. If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s disease, kicking gluten out of your dietary repertoire will help to alleviate symptoms.

Since you’ll automatically be eliminating a lot of unhealthy foods from your diet by going gluten-free, this lifestyle can lower cholesterol levels. Dr. David Williams admits that a gluten-free diet will reduce levels of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and ultimately lead to weight loss.

The gluten-free lifestyle will also improve your body’s health by lowering your risk of developing autoimmune diseases because gluten consumption increases inflammation in the body and puts your immune system on high alert. In addition, many foods included in a gluten-free diet contain a lot of antioxidants and minerals which naturally help to ward off germs and viruses.

What to eat and what not to eat
If you go into any supermarket, you will see many gluten-free products. Still, you’ll want to check for replacements, as they can be high in carbs and ultimately unhealthy. Gluten-free is not always low-carb, contrary to popular belief, so just be aware. Luckily, the grains that contain gluten can be replaced with grains that do not contain gluten, such as corn and cornmeal, or sorghum. Although you will have to cut some tasty things like cookies out of your diet, there are still plenty of delicious foods you can eat such as meat, poultry, and fish (so long as they’re not breaded), fruits and vegetables, most dairy products, beans. and many others. All around, the benefits of a gluten-free diet outweigh the lack of cookies and bread!

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Healthy Lifestyles Revisited

Lets create a list of things that we have covered in previous posts about living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Exercise
  • Waking Early
  • Dietary Choices
  • Goal Setting
  • Positive Affirmations
  •  *Surrounding Yourself with Success

To make a long story short, surrounding yourself with success will bring everything else together. It is the last on the list, however it may be the most vital component. Lets be clear, success is an arbitrary term and ultimately is it up to you to decide what that word actually means and how to apply it to your life. Wether it is living a Gluten-Free lifestyle or not, it needs to align with your unique perspective of success. Now, the reason I say surrounding yourself with success is a sure-fire way to bring success in your life is because we as humans adapt to our environment. Our species is well equipped for this, physically, mentally, and spiritually. If you can find people that “have what you want” then you can learn to imitate their lifestyles until it manifests authentically as your own way of life.

An example of this could be financial success. Lets say your goal in life is to become a multi-millionaire, and right now you are only making around $20,000 per year. Its rather impractical to say you will be your millionaire dreams my staying at an income level of 20k. If you started on the search for knowledge to reach your goals you will probably start by reading books written by successful people. This is totally a form of surrounding yourself with success. Mentally you are changing the way you see the world through the perspectives of people who have already reached the goal you are trying to achieve.

Now what is even more powerful than reading the success into your life is physically surrounding yourself with it. No, I don’t mean rolling in a wad of money, but interacting with people who have reached the goal you are attempting to achieve. By talking with them, listening to them, they will rub off on you contagiously. Its simply a part of life. So go out there and meet people in your area who are already living the life you want to live. I don’t mean to “leach” off of them or to “stalk” them either. If you are constantly surrounded by people in your life who do not live up to your own goals and dreams, then they will bring you back down to their level.

I hope this helps to inspire you to move forward with your goals and make the necessary changes in your current lifestyle that will set you up for success.

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How many people do you know with a gluten sensitivity?

According to recent studies roughly 3 million people in America suffer from celiac disease. This is about 1% of our population as of right now. However, I know many people that choose a gluten-free diet, but if only 1% of the population actually have celiac disease, then why are so many more people choosing to avoid gluten?

Honestly, I don’t have celiac disease. Neither do most of my friends. Maybe we have been hoodwinked by great marketing to avoid gluten. Regardless, I feel 20 times better than I ever have before, not that I eliminated gluten from my diet. My significant other also began a gluten free diet and she now feels more energy than she has in many years. So what is it with gluten that makes us feel so much healthier if we avoid it?

Many gluten containing products are higher in calories, sugar, and fat. By substituting our diets with lighter foods, our body are simply reacting in a positive way. I know many of you can attest to high amounts of sugar being harmful to our bodies and clarity of mind. As stated before here, clearing out the gluten from your body is more than just a dietary change, it is a lifestyle change. It effects your mind, body, and spirit. You become a healthier individual because you are literally living a healthier lifestyle. Pretty simple eh?

Never underestimate the power of choice and how one simple choice can effect your entire life.

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My Gluten-Free Benefits – Clearing The Inner Plumbing and More

The benefits to a gluten-free diet are eventually going to translate into living a healthier lifestyle. How you go about meeting your goals and your strategy to getting there will enable you to become a better individual as a whole. There were many disciplines that need to be trained and tried and trained again before I could say “I am living a healthy lifestyle.” Still to this day I have to put into practice my disciplines. This isn’t an arduous feat as it once was, it always gets easier with time. Changing my diet was one of the major factors to my success. Let me make a point of what changing my diet did for me. Earlier this year I had my kitchen remodeled and we were told we need to hire a plumbing company to do this. The reason as to why we were referred to work specifically with a plumbing company was because the handle the most vital part of the kitchen. The plumbing is what not only makes the kitchen functional but it also effects the entire house as a whole. This was very insightful as how I look at my diet. How can I expect to have success in my life as a whole if my inner plumbing is not functioning properly? Now, I understand it all matters based upon what your goals are in life and where you want to see yourself in the future. However, I think this is very intuitive when you think about it and is in alignment it living a gluten-free lifestyle which comes down to having a healthy diet.

In the beginning of my lifestyle change, the dietary aspect was not only the most important, but also the hardest to overcome. Actually “feeling” healthy was something I seemed to be completely unaware of before changing my diet. I had forgotten this was literally a feeling one produces when they are living a healthy lifestyle based on their perspective. Let me give you some examples of what my perspective looks like when living a healthy lifestyle.

  • Waking up early
  • Having tangible and non-tangible goals – having GOALS
  • starting the day with a clean attitude
  • Choosing my meals wisely
  • Achieving daily tasks associated with hitting said goals
  • Communicating clearly with myself about how I feel and why
  • Reading something – taking in information or refreshing old information
  • When eating, choosing to congratulate myself when I eat healthy

Not to keeping going on, because there is only so much one can focus on in the day, but choosing to live a healthy lifestyle is making a major decision. My daily habits create the foundation of positive proclivity. Once I begin to feel these changes, they compound the effect and push me even further to make longer strides in my perspective of success. My vision is strengthen by my daily habits.

Thanks for reading!

 

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