Could It Be Gluten?

gluten free words in flourNot feeling too hot lately? Not sure what’s really going on? Headaches, low energy, bone and joint pain, IBS, inflammation, skin disorders? Any or all of this sound familiar? Most people would never think of a gluten sensitivity or intolerance. But if you’re having one or more of these symptoms chronically, it quite possibly could be exactly what’s going on.

It was once thought you had Celiac disease or a wheat allergy if you had a hard time digesting any products containing gluten. That’s not necessarily the case today. As
more and more fillers are being put into our foods, we’ve watched the health decline in Americans and as well as across the world. Children are suffering and developing chronic health problems from their daily diets. “In 2002, a New England Journal of Medicine review linked 55 different disorders of gluten, including anemia, epilepsy, type 1 diabetes, and cystic fibrosis, states care2.com.

So how do you find out if it’s truly a gluten issue? Of course always talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing these kinds of health concerns, but you can always ask for a blood test or you can also try the “elimination diet.” By eliminating gluten products from your diet for 2-4 weeks, you can see if your symptoms begin to disappear, then after those 2-4 weeks, eat a small amount of food containing gluten, like a piece of bread and see how you feel afterwards, if your symptoms come rushing back then there’s a pretty good chance you have an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten. Make sure you see your doctor or allergist to confirm.

Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now! And there is a multi-billion dollar industry promoting gluten-free products. These aren’t always the best products to start working into your diet. If the gluten is missing they have to substitute the taste for something which usually means higher levels of fat and sugar. Use these products sparingly, but learn to read labels- you’ll be surprised where gluten will hide, sauces, marinades, MSG, imitation meats, even lipstick! And stick to whole foods, foods that contain one or two ingredients, and foods you can pronounce on the back of the box, otherwise you’re mostly getting artifical flavors and colors.

Here are a few of the foods to avoid if you suspect a gluten intolerance, rye, wheat, barley, (there are gluten-free beers now-just have to find them!) faro, spelt, and Bulgar.

Substitute gluten filled grains with these gluten-free… rice, corn, quinoa, millet, wild rice, and sorghum. Oats most times are mixed with wheat and rye so make sure to buy the gluten-free whole oats. Most health food stores will carry gluten-free!

Hope this post finds you healthier and happier in the upcoming weeks. Here’s to living better and feeling great!

Related Articles:

9 Gluten-free Grains (care2.com)

Recipes (glutenfreegirl.com)

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Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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