reunited and it doesn’t feel so good

I watched this video earlier today, Is a Gluten-Free Diet Bad for You?, in an attempt to find an answer to my life back on gluten. It’s been Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday having been back on a g-full diet, and I don’t know how I feel about it. I mean, I was off all wheat, barley, rye products for 40 days and 40 nights. And then all of sudden I dove into a basket of bread, burgers, and pizza. Probably not the best idea.

So then what’s the deal? Is a gluten-free diet bad for you if you’re not actually allergic to the protein? I still haven’t found any conclusive evidence, just opinion after opinion. In the video, Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University, the so called “expert” of the gluten phenomenon, was asked by the reporter if there are any benefits to someone who doesn’t have celiacs. His answer, “Not that I’m aware of.” In fact, he goes on to say, “A gluten-free diet is not entirely healthy. Often it lacks fiber and the manufacturers of wheat flour fortify it with vitamins.”

Although I can see where Dr. Green is coming from, I believe that you can be g-free and still maintain a healthy diet. If you’re aware of the vitamins you are missing out on, why not take a supplement or just get your daily dosage of fruits and vegetables? Either way, I have been evaluating my diet and do thing I’ll be making some changes. Whether I cut out gluten or meat for a few days a week is still up for debate, but I think totally necessary. Isn’t everything always better in moderation?

What kinds of things do you cut out from your diet to be healthy? Do you think it’s unhealthy to be g-free and not actually have a gluten intolerance?

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6 responses to “reunited and it doesn’t feel so good

  1. I think it’s unnecessary to go gluten free if you have no allergy to wheat. However, I think we should limit baked goods and processed foods, so many of which are based on wheat! It’s not the wheat so much as it is the sugar plus wheat. I have the occasional piece of whole grain bread or pasta… it’s all so complicated!

    • Totally agree that we should try to limit processed goods. I think I’ve pretty much cleared them from my diet, but sometimes I slip and eat a ramen package (eek – don’t judge me too harshly!). But yes, it doesn’t make sense to just drop the gluten without an allergy, but maybe every now and then I’ll do a gluten cleanse.

  2. I think anytime someone eliminates a food category without replacing whatever essential (be that a mineral, vitamin, fiber …etc) element with another whole food of equal value, then it is un-healthy. For example, often I think people with go “vegan” but not replace any of the good things they derived from animal products. Instead they just eat things from boxes…so then end up undernourished, and maybe even gain wieght and other problems.

    So I think that yes, it’s OK to be gluten-free with out the medical neccessity, but only if you are still getting enough fiber and such things that you might loose.

    It really all depends on what your outcome goal is: are you trying to lose weight only, change body composition, reduce inflammation, isolate the cause of skin irritations or other health warnings?

    …in essense “gluten free” is not healthier provided you were eating minimally processed grains to begin with. But I think for most people who go gluten-free to be “healthier” it works and they lose weight as well because it cuts out msot of the “junk” food and provides an easy to follow rule.

    Sorry, I’ve been thinking about this a lot, hopefully this comment makes sense. I’m trying to be succint.

    • No need for the apology, I think we are on the exact same wavelength. Obviously if you change your diet, a person needs to realize what that means and how that impacts his or her health. For me, I just want to feel good – I hate feeling bloated after a huge bowl of pasta and feeling any indigestion after a gigantic meal. That’s a product of me overeating or eating too fast though, I just need to be more conscious of my eating behavior. Eliminating gluten isn’t necessarily the answer – I live for a bagel with peanut butter before a run, and although I can pick up gluten-free bagels, it is a lot of work sometimes to coordinate. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I feel like I could talk about this forever.

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    Never realized that you gave up gluten for lent. Congrats on sticking with it and educating yourself about what gluten is and potentially symptomatic problems from consuming it like with Celiac’s. I don’t eat meat or seafood on Mondays and am still doing it as part of my New Years resolution. It’s really much easier than I originally thought possible after I got used to it (took a few weeks). Though there is no need to go completely gluten-free since you don’t have a medical indication (unless you have some hypersensitivity I am not aware about?), I think it’s a good idea to cut back on gluten especially in processed foods. Take supplements as necessary but don’t go crazy with them either… don’t want to start getting any vitamin toxicities!

    Maybe you can start a food journal if you haven’t done so already. It can be quite enlightening.

    • Thanks for the link! I’m going to try Katz out. Giving gluten up for lent was definitely difficult, but after awhile you get used to it. The only hard part were the days leading up to Easter when I knew I could eat pizza and bagels and everything else bad for you! I like the idea of a food journal. It would definitely help me understand why my tummy hurts some days and not others, so I should try that out too.

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