by Tyler Farrish

Many a New Year’s resolution centers around achieving desired weight-loss goals and feeling higher energy levels daily. What if I told you that by setting a goal of completing just one daily task, you could reach both these goals? Ready to step up to the plate in 2013?

Goal: Eat Gluten-Free, every day, for 1-month…

We’ve all heard the euphemism “you are what we eat”; Now I’d like to dive into the “what” we’re eating & how it affects our system. For starters, retrace what you’ve eaten today. Now take 10 minutes & determine how much of what you’ve consumed contained gluten. The most common sources are grains such as wheat, barley & rye. Some not-so-well-known-sources include sauces, marinades, dressings, lunch-meats, imitation meats and the list could go on. You will be shocked about how much you inadvertently consume on a daily basis. Thought you were living the “everything in moderation” lifestyle?

So, why gluten free? Here’s our thinking:

For Weight-Loss Goals

  1. Avoiding gluten naturally forces us to make smarter choices in the marketplace, helping us gravitate away from highly processed foods in favor of nutrient dense foods. (Fast Facts: the “Gluten-Free” options at the grocery are often just as highly processed– so stay away from these items for now!)
    • In return: blood sugar begins to stabilize, metabolism starts to regulate itself, decreased desire to binge-eat because prolonged satiation from nutritious foods.

For Higher Daily Energy Levels

  1. For starters, these energy levels are dependent on our average amount of sleep, quality of nutrition, proper functioning of Gastrointestinal System, Thyroid health, etc.
  2. Today given the statistics, we can estimate that at least 90% Americans have a compromised GI system, either due to parasites, candida fungal overgrowth, frequent antibiotic use, stress, etc. This can cause sleep-restlessness, inflammation of the GI, decrease the Immune system, decrease Thyroid functioning, arthritis, etc.
    • By avoiding gluten: the GI system will get help & time to repair, gut microflora will start to rebalance itself, you will reduce the stress on your thyroid, driving your energy levels up while increasing your immunity at the same time!

Good luck & feel free to contact us at any time for a great Gluten Free diet recommendation!

Ty

2 comments

  1. Comment by Christina

    Christina March 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

    As someone with Celiac Disease, I think it’s important to remind people that a GF diet is not at all an option for healthy living or weight loss. It’s treatment specifically for those who need it, like me.

    You can make healthier choices without going on the diet. In fact, gluten is typically found in whole grains that contain essential vitamins and nutrients. Believe me, it’s tough to find grains that will supplement those vitamins that do not contain gluten. If you feel as though you have a GI problem, then speak with a nutritionist and registered dietician. Begin a food elimination diet and (with some supervision) remove specific food types from your diet. Gluten is not always the culprit. Even fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds can mess with your stomach. Quinoa, a healthy alternative for many who have gluten sensitivities and Celiac, packs loads of fiber and can be harder for your stomach to digest.

    Also, if you’re on the GF diet, remember gluten is in cosmetics, medications, adhesives, spices, sauces… not to mention cross contamination. If you seriously want to go on a GF diet, then it’s not just about bread and pasta!

    Most importantly, if you find that your tummy issues have cleared up after going on a GF diet, you may have a latent case of GF intolerance or (even worse) Celiac disease, an auto-immune disorder that destroys the inner lining of your stomach. When this happens, your body does not absorb vitamins and nutrients from foods, which can lead to malnutrition, osteoporosis, and other horrible outcomes. Blood tests to rule out these diseases require that you eat gluten prior to getting tests. So, if you really feel as though GF diets will make you healthier, see a dietician or nutritionist first.

    Honestly, this article shouldn’t promote GF diets as a lifestyle trend or dumb it down. It’s a very real form of treatment that keeps specific populations alive. If you’re worried about weight loss or healthy living, take a look at your portions and the frequency of physical fitness.

  2. Comment by admin

    admin March 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Christina,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on our article. As a trainer with Celiac Disease, please understand that my intention through this article was to spread awareness & to educate about the prevalence of gluten in our current marketplace as well as to help our audience take their first steps toward their own unique nutritional journey. We too recognize the gluten free lifestyle as a form of treatment for those with Celiac Disease & Gluten Intolerance. Here at Nimble, we encourage & assist each client with their journey of dietary self discovery.

    You have provided some great information as to which gluten-containing products often go “unannounced”, mentioned how some alternative GF food sources might be too demanding on a weakened GI system, and helped to educated us on steps to take when beginning to determine if gluten works well for your body or not.

    Would you be interested in writing a piece for our next Newsletter on Gluten, your personal experience with Celiac Disease, or your journey to better health staying GF?

    Thank you again for your comments. Together we can help inform, educate, and encourage members of our community to become more acquainted with their individual bodies’ needs.

    Sincerely,

    Ty

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