You may be gluten intolerant and not even realize. The symptoms of gluten intolerance can easily go undetected as they can be confused with many other health problems. Gluten intolerance can cause a range of mild to severe symptoms which may then lead to harmful complications.
Let me explain first of all what Gluten is and how and why it is used in foods and hopefully you can determine if you are gluten intolerant. Even if you do not know, you can always try a gluten free diet for a few weeks to see if there is any discernible difference.
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as: wheat, rye oats (yes even oats), barley and spelt and is a main ingredient in some foods to bind, fatten (note word fatten) and add texture.
It is often in cereal, toast, sandwich, pasta, lasagna and may even be in bacon. Yes – bacon because they use it to plump up and fill out the meat. Food manufacturers even use it in salami and turkey. So if you are gluten intolerant you really need to read the labels on everything! Even your deli-meats and bacon.
Gluten can block the absorption of vital minerals and vitamins and can lead to weight gain. Even if you are not officially gluten intolerant, cutting it out of your diet will provide many benefits because it is an empty food that can have harmful side effects.
Belly Bloated? Drop the Gluten and get a Flat Stomach
The cravings gluten can produce have been researched to mimic the same chemical released into your brain called anopoid. This has an identical reaction as to when cocaine and opium are taken. So now you know why the pizza looks so yummy!
You can become addicted to these foods containing gluten, hence the cravings and the difficulty in maintaining weight loss..
Is your Belly Bloated? Symptoms are:
- Stomach cramps
- Recurring constipation/diarrhea
- Bloating that can make you look pregnant
- Flatulence or indigestion
- Fluid retention
- Groggy upon waking
- Brain fog
- Joint or muscle aches
- Eczema, acne, skin rash
- Craving for wheat foods
- Weight gain
Eating processed wheat and gluten has been shown to increase the body’s cravings and hunger levels and of course belly bloat.
So what can we do to avoid the glutinous gluten?
Avoid; Bread, biscuits, cookies, pastry, crackers anything containing flour. Try rice flour, corn flour or potato flour. Try rice noodles and rice pasta.
Avoid; Nearly all cereals, try gluten free. Sauces are often thickened with flour. Soups, most soups contain flour to thicken. Soy products, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, oyster sauce. Boiled candy, it has loads of gluten.
What you can Eat if you are Gluten Intolerant:
Fruit, yogurt, eggs, bacon (check) hash browns (check) gluten free cereal, gluten free bread.
Chicken, fish, beef, vegetables, potatoes, hummus, rice noodles for pasta, risotto, baked dinners, gluten free gravy, nuts and popcorn,
If you must have take out like McDonalds – any meat burger but drop the bun, same with Burger King but no fries.
Pizza, unfortunately no, if they use wheat flour for the base.
Get into the habit of reading labels so you can become familiar with food ingredients. Not only for gluten but also for sugar, additives and preservatives.
Try a diet free of gluten for a week or two and see if there is any improvement. Most people do benefit from a gluten free diet even if they have not done the medical tests to prove gluten intolerance.
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