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Gluten-free is NOT a diet, it’s a lifestyle

We’ve only been eating gluten-free for almost two weeks now and the responses of people have been interesting. Not really the responses from people I know, but from people online that imageswrite about and comment about being gluten-free.

The biggest negative comment I’ve seen is the fact that this is just another fad diet like all the others. Yes, cutting out gluten inevitably means cutting out bread which will cause you to lose a little bit of weight. BUT since going gluten-free I’ve eaten tortillas and pasta — which are wheat products. My Dad and Annita have eaten chocolate chip cookies — which is a wheat product. By cutting out gluten you are not cutting out bread completely because there is a way to make bread products without gluten.

The majority of people that are cutting out gluten are not doing it because they want to lose weight because there are other diets out there that will allow you to lose weight without cutting out gluten.

In order to cut out gluten, you have to be dedicated and you have to be serious about why you’re doing it. Gluten is in stuff you wouldn’t even imagine. There’s probably gluten in the lipstick that you’re wearing (or your wife/girlfriend is wearing) — no, I’m not kidding about that.

People who are cutting out gluten realize that when they eat gluten they feel bloated, have stomach pain and digestive issues. If they’re not having those issues, they realize that evidence supports the fact that the wheat we’re eating isn’t the same as it used to be and it is damaging our bodies just the same as MSG and High Fructose corn syrup.

The hubby has had a “beer belly” (without drinking) for a long time and he’s also had digestive issues. Since we’ve gone gluten-free the beer belly is gone and so is his digestive issues. The one day we “cheated” and he had pizza that wasn’t GF, he swelled up again.

My Dad has lost over 10 pounds since cutting out gluten (and dairy) two weeks ago.

In the book, “Wheat Belly” (which Annita previewed in a post) the doctor talks about the types of issues that he has seen go away from switching to GF. If you want to know more, check out his blog that’s listed in our blog roll.

Like I said, this is not a fad, it’s been going on for a long time. It’s just that people are getting access to the information and making educated decisions about what’s best for their family.

–Erica

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