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Why Do People Choose Gluten-Free Nutrition?

There are many reasons why a person might follow a gluten-free diet or lifestyle. The most common reason? Celiac disease.

Celiac disease is when the body has an immune response to gluten. The extent to which it affects an individual varies with how strong the immune response is.

Symptoms can include anemia, itchy skin rashes, and tooth enamel damage. Headaches, fatigue, and joint pain are also common. It can even cause balance issues or tingling in the hands and feet!

If you don’t have Celiac disease, you can understand why someone who does would implement a gluten-free diet.

Don’t have Celiac disease? You could still try a gluten-free lifestyle to cut anything that might trigger an upset bowel.

No studies exist that measure how sensitive the gut is to gluten in non-Celiac sufferers. Studies have shown an effect from wheat alone², though.

If you’re sensitive to gluten-containing foods, gut-related or not, this type of nutrition could help avoid triggers.

Eating Healthy While Looking Great

The problem many people have, living with a gluten-free lifestyle is that gluten is almost everywhere. It’s in most packaged food in one form or another.

If you choose it, there’s no way to get around it. You’ll watch and analyze all the food you consume.

The question, then, is, “How do I eat healthy and lose weight if I’m limited to only a few foods?”

The answer? You’re not limited at all!

Many people with gluten-free eating habits get overwhelmed by the foods they can’t eat. They wind up grabbing the nearest gluten-free food they can. Usually, this means packaged, processed foods in your supermarket’s center aisles.

Don’t focus on what you can’t eat. It’s not fun and it’s not rewarding! Educate yourself on the foods you can enjoy!

With a few simple rules, you can create a modified gluten-free diet that’s rich in healthy whole foods.

 

What’s a Modified Gluten-Free Diet?

A modified gluten-free diet contains plenty of whole foods. These foods are rich in nutrients. This lets you eat foods that are free of gluten without sacrificing weight loss or health goals.

Looking to lose weight with this diet? Say goodbye to gluten-free foods that mimic grain-based foods. Instead, eat lots of vegetables, legumes, and lean meats.

And a word about those gluten-free substitutes. They often contain enormous quantities of tapioca flour or potato starch. That means more ingested carbs, which doesn’t help your weight loss goals.

Follow these rules to stay healthy while going gluten-free:

Gluten-free Nutrition Tips
– Consume More Protein and Fiber. Make sure you’re eating plenty of natural foods. That means lean meats, fish, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and gluten-free grains. These foods not only provide your body with the energy and nutrients it needs, but they’ll keep you full for longer.

– Stay Away from Processed Foods. Avoid prepackaged and processed foods; they’re often full of gluten and gluten by-products. Check labels and ingredients when buying something prepackaged or processed.

– Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time. This will save time and frustration during the week. Try to research gluten-free recipes and find favorites to prepare around a busy schedule.

– Increase Your Body’s Ability to Absorb Vitamins and Minerals. Drinking green smoothies and juices helps improve vitamin and mineral intake. Go for dark, leafy greens and superfoods like turmeric, ginger, and chia seeds.

– Always Enjoy Your Food! We can’t stress this enough! If you’re not enjoying your food, you might find it hard to avoid temptation.

These cravings can derail your healthy lifestyle. Find recipes that inspire you and cook with your friends and family to make the experience fun.

 

“I’m Not Sure What to Eat!”

Remember: Stay imaginative with your food choices!

One of the biggest keys to a successful gluten-free diet? Make awesome meals! Be creative and enjoy the food! Who knows, you may end up enjoying eating more than you did before!

To get you started, here are a couple of cool ideas to try:

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If you’re stuck on planning your meals for the week, sign up with LFLC to access our meal planner. Once you’ve signed up, look at our gluten-free recipes and click “Add to Calendar” on the ones you’d love to try!

Good luck, and remember to enjoy your meals!

 

Sources:

¹ – https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/celiac-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20352220

² – https://www.nature.com/articles/ajg2012236