Gluten free has become the “sexy” diet. People are jumping on the bandwagon of gluten free eating without doing the necessary research to find out if it’s truly right for them!
First off, unless you have Celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you may be causing more harm than good. I am not advocating for any particular diet, I am just asking people to do, what I always ask them to do, and that is, be educated!
If you are following a gluten free diet for weight loss, please understand that you may or may not experience weight loss. Giving up gluten alone will likely not shed the pounds.
So what is the biggest gluten free mistake???
People rely too much on commercial, manufactured gluten free products. Now, I am not bashing these products. There are a lot of amazing companies out there like Enjoy Life, Udi’s Gluten Free, and Glutino, that make fabulous products. But gluten free products are still processed and can promote sharp increases in blood sugar and insulin (the fat-storage hormone).
Some gluten free products contain ingredients that are high on the glycemic index, meaning that they convert to sugar quickly in the body. This can lead to spikes and crashes in your energy levels, and, can lead to increased hunger! This can lead to weight gain, not weight loss! And commercial gluten free products can still contain ingredients like corn, sugar, and soy.
I always encourage people to eat real, whole foods, with ingredients that they can pronounce. Whether you eat a gluten free diet or not, this principle is still the same. That’s not to say that you need to spend your life eating nothing but fruits and vegetables, but it does mean paying attention to food labels and knowing what you are eating.
Below are some tips to help you shop and eat smarter:
1. When you select a gluten free product, try to stick with those that are low in sugar, and eat them in moderation. Treats should be just that…TREATS…you should not be relying on packaged foods (gluten free or otherwise) as your main source of food. Indulge periodically but keep the packaged stuff to a minimum.
2. Make your own baked goods. Opt for almond or coconut flours that are naturally gluten free. Invest in some gluten free cookbooks. If you are truly gluten free in your home, cooking at home will help you avoid cross contamination. Learn to make some really fabulous gluten free dishes that you can enjoy at home. And learn enough dishes that you can swap them in and out to avoid boredom!
3. Get to know your gluten free companies! Research them on the web, write to them, CALL THEM! These companies exist because they want to provide products to people who need them. Ask them about their practices, learn about their manufacturing processes. How do they ensure their products are completely gluten free? Become an educated consumer!
Not sure if you have a gluten intolerance? An elimination diet may help! I can help you work through the elimination diet process and help you discover other food allergies and sensitivities that you may have. Visit my website at http://www.thecaringcoachingcenter.com to get started today!
And until next time, veg in, don’t veg out!