I am working on my digestion. May sound strange to some but as I tweak my diet to figure out what works best for me, I am realizing that I may have a gluten sensitivity. What is gluten, you ask? Gluten is the stuff that gives dough its chewy texture. Perhaps you may have heard of celiac disease, where the small intestine is unable to digest gluten at all. When a person with celiac disease eats anything containing gluten, they often end up in extreme pain with an added trip to the emergency room.
WHAT FOODS CONTAIN GLUTEN?
What foods contain gluten? Pretty much most processed foods. But in general gluten is in anything containing wheat or grains related to wheat like white flour, durum wheat, graham flour, triticale, kamut, semolina, spelt, wheat germ, wheat bran, and bulgur. Eating a gluten free diet would eliminate most cakes, cookies, pastas, muffins. Even processed lunch meats, rice mixes, packaged salad dressings, etc. have gluten in them. Most of these things are no longer a regular part of my diet, and have not been for a couple of years. However I love pasta, couscous, and fresh bread from the farmer’s market! I am a complete carb addict especially during times of stress. A nice hot bowl of pasta with extra sauce can feel like a big hug at the end of a long day.
MY GLUTEN FREE EXPERIMENT
I am vowing to not consume any foods containing gluten for two weeks. You may know this as an elimination diet. If you think there is a food that you are allergic to, or may have a problem digesting, eliminate it for 2 weeks. During this time, notice how you feel. Are you experiencing less gas and bloating? Other foods may cause acne or skin rashes. At the end of the two weeks, reintroduce the food to see what happens.
Are you on a gluten-free diet? How has it changed how you eat? Are you interested in doing the gluten free experiment with me? Tell me in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!
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