This week while discussing what I describe to my patients as an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle (also knowns as Paleo/Caveman or Primal eating) one of my patients asked a very valid question:
“With all these people going gluten free, why aren’t they losing weight more? With all the things you’re not supposed to eat it’s shocking more people aren’t super skinny by doing this.”
While she made a great point, she pointed out a key mistake most people make when they go gluten free: buying gluten free products. As an individual who has been gluten free for 3 years now, it’s safe for me to say the following : Gluten free does NOT mean healthy!!! It’s kind of like making the association that a “Vegan is healthy”. The two things are not the same. A vegan could be malnourished if they are not eating the right things, and the same goes for those who go gluten free. When we ONLY swap gluten free products for the old products we were eating before we’re missing the bigger picture.
Gluten Free does have real health benefits!
A lot of people have decided to get rid of gluten with the increase of research linking wheat and gluten to a laundry list of disease and illness which I am absolutely behind. If you haven’t read some of the great research lately, I highly recommend looking at the very extensive list of knowledge put together by the great minds at Green Med Info :http://www.greenmedinfo.com/toxic-ingredient/wheat
Most people who go gluten free make a MAJOR mistake: They swap their traditional bread and pasta for “Gluten Free” products. Product is the key word here… let’s associate this word with the phrase “total crap”. Most people think the gluten free breads, pastas and crackers are a better option. And, while they are lacking the most inflammatory grain of them all (wheat) they are still PROCESSED. Processed foods are lacking the good stuff REAL foods are packed with that keep us alive and healthy: vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs a cookie every once in a while, nobody’s perfect here… but swapping once processed food for another is NOT what this is about.
The main focus of going gluten free should be on ditching processed foods for real food. Real food walked, swam, flew or grew on this earth. Real food doesn’t come in a box or have a couple years to last in your cabinet. It goes badly quick, because it doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals. In fact, there should only be 1-3 items on the food label listed in the ingredient section… and you should be able to pronounce them all! Real food generally doesn’t have an advertising budget behind it, and looks delicious without fancy labels. So instead of swapping your wheat pasta for brown rice pasta, switch to spaghetti squash instead. People… you can live without bread, trust me. Lettuce wrap it up, or learn to eat with a fork and knife… or better yet start challenging yourself with chopsticks and learn what food tastes like without the metal interfering with your taste buds! Plants should make up about 75% of what we eat, that’s where all the good nutrients are.
Health & Happiness,
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