Just Say No to Gluten? Maybe (Part II).

As I mentioned in my previous article, many of my clients and I tend to feel better on a gluten-free diet.  Now, before I explain how you can do this, let me just say this is just us (and everyone who has ever committed to trying it for a few weeks).  Eating fresh produce, quality meat and avoiding processed junk tends to make people feel more awesome.   I know there’s a lot of backlash these days against gluten-free foods. There are many who question gluten alarmism and the health benefits of gluten-free specialty foods in general. I like to call these people “gluten truthers.” Basically, they argue gluten-free foods are ridiculous, that there’s no need to vilify bread. And they’re right. But like I said, this is a personal choice.

Then again, who knows, maybe you’ll like how you feel when you adopt a gluten-free diet. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll notice a remarkable improvement in your health, namely when it comes to having more energy during the day and sleeping better at night.

I’m going to let you in on a secret—the best thing about a gluten-free diet is you don’t need to buy foods specifically labeled “gluten-free.” I agree that these processed foods are misleading everyday consumers to believe they’re being healthy. After all, a gluten-free doughnut is still a doughnut. And if it’s these foods the “truthers” are opposed to, then I’m on-board with them. Do you really want to eat pre-packaged foods with 10 or more ingredients, most of which you haven’t been able to pronounce since high school chemistry? The point is there’s no need to buy expensive foods exploiting your gluten fears.

So what can you do in this world of gluten-full and gluten-free foods? The answer is so simple. Just eat natural. You know what’s gluten-free? Chicken, beef, seafood, vegetables, fruit, nuts. You know, all that stuff you already like. For instance, instead of buying some overly processed pasta, you can simply replace it with sliced zucchini. Come on, how innovative and awesome is that? Here, try some of these delicious gluten-free dishes for starters:

5 Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Pizza

Zucchini Pasta & Meatballs

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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So, now that you have a few examples of how easy it is to go gluten-free, let me give you the same challenge I give me clients.  Replace those carbs like pasta & bread with veggies and other fresh produce and see how you feel after a few weeks.  I have lots of gluten-free & paleo recipes on Pinterest if you need inspiration.  Let me know how you feel after a few weeks!  And if you find any new favorites, send me the recipe. I’d love to hear about them.