Gluten Free Diet 101

The newest diets that are swarming the diet revolution market is called the gluten free diet. People have found that gluten can mess with the body’s digestive system as well as these foods can cause weight gain, and hinder weight loss. These type diets consist of avoiding some types of foods that contain gluten, and embracing healthier choices that overall make people feel healthy and happy. Here are some tips on establishing a gluten free diet, and adapting to the limitations and supple choices of foods:

Foods You Can Have On A Gluten Free Diet:

  • You Can Have Wine: Most diets tell you that alcohol is a bad thing, however on a positive note the gluten free diet enables you to indulge with a glass of wine. Experts have also claimed that a glass of wine in the evening can promote good heart health and longevity in life.
  • You Can Have Rice & Potatoes: On a gluten free diet you can still have rice and potatoes as these are foods that do not contain the ingredient. So enjoy your baked potatoes and rice!
  • You Can Have Fruits & Vegetables: On a gluten free diet you can have all the fruits and vegetables that you want to eat. In addition to this healthy choice fruits and vegetables are low in fat and can help you with your weight loss routine to lose more body weight and perhaps establish a vegetarian diet plan which will definitely benefit you in the long run
  • You Can Have Corn Or Rice Cereal: There are many falsehoods out there that gluten free diets forbid cereal all together, however many cereals are specifically made from rice and corn, which do not contain gluten.
  • You Can Have Meat: Meat contains no gluten, however for your waistline’s best interest, you may want to opt for lean meats such as skinless chicken breast, omega 3 rich  fish such as salmon and tuna, and lean turkey substitutes.

Foods To Avoid On A Gluten Free Diet:

  • Cakes & Cookies: Well it is a given that most cookies and cakes contain flour which is the  main culprit that consists of  gluten. So when you are participating in a gluten free diet you must absolutely avoid these types of  food products, unless they are an alternative that specifies that it does not contain gluten.
  • Pastas: Pastas contain gluten, almost all pastas. It is best to shop n the rice isle of your grocery store as most pastas unless otherwise noted are not gluten free.
  • Bread, Pastries, Croissants, Bagels & Breads: In any scenario of your gluten free diet you must absolutely avoid any bread products as almost any bread contains gluten which will ruin your diet if you even splurge.

A gluten free diet may be the answer to your weight loss woes, and your  frequent digestive issues. Become acquainted with  the ins and outs of this type of diet and in the long end you will feel healthier, happier, and thinner.

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  1. Nicola says:

    Thanks for these tips and I love the quote by William Morris. I’ve just embarked on a huge household de-cluttering project and am temporarily stalled. A friend gave me a photocopied extract from a feng shui book. It makes the point that clearing clutter TOO quickly can cause trigger a healing crisis, and as with major dietary changes, it’s good to proceed slowly and gently. I’m focusing on one small area at a time, trying not to get overwhelmed by the BIG picture and have just started a blog where I talk about this and other unraveling adventures:

  2. emoscene13 says:

    A low carb way of eating is the best way to bring your body to a state of optimal health. All carbs are converted to sugar (glucose) by the body.

    They are finding that the brain is self healing of diseases if provided fat as fuel instead of sugar as fuel. I believe they will eventually accept (as they did for hundreds of years in the past and not the last 25 years of the low fat era, as obesity reaches epidemic proportions – pun intended – in the last 20 years) that sugar corrodes and that fats are essential to good health.

    The body is a self healing unit – provide it with necessary nutrition and it should fix most any disease with out drug treatments.

    This is from my research –

    The brain gets its energy from ketone bodies when insufficient glucose is available (e.g., when fasting). In the event of low blood glucose, most other tissues have additional energy sources besides ketone bodies (such as fatty acids), but the brain does not. After the diet has been changed to lower blood glucose for 3 days, the brain gets 30% of its energy from ketone bodies. After about 40 days, this goes up to 70% (during the initial stages the brain does not burn ketones, since they are an important substrate for lipid synthesis in the brain). In time the brain reduces its glucose requirements from 120g to 40g per day.

    new evidence demonstrating several amazingly positive benefits of a very low-carb, high-fat diet including in the treatment of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's disease, epilepsy and even brain cancer.

    Lead researcher Dr. Theodore B. VanItallie, from the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, believed that a "hyperketogenic" diet would serve as an excellent natural remedy for Parkinson's disease because the excess ketones in such a diet consisting almost entirely of fat would trick the body into healing itself without the use of drug therapy.

    Ketones have been described as "magic" in their ability to increase metabolic efficiency, while decreasing production of free radicals, the damaging byproducts of […]

  3. Eric says:

    I had a question – I often hear “gluten-free” listed among the characteristics of various ethical diets along with “organic,” “vegan,” and “locally-produced.” I can understand the ethical arguments underlying veganism. I can also understand the health arguments underlying a gluten-free diet. But is a gluten-free diet more ethical? If it is, how is it so? Remember, I'm not asking about health benefits.

  4. Low Fat Diets says:

    Ahh, Eric this definitely is a great question about the gluten free diet. To be perfectly honest with you, although this diet is listed among most ethical diets, and often categorized as one, it does not even come close to being pertinent to ethics of one’s life.

    In my opinion, although some may argue, I feel that in no way shape, fashion, or form is the gluten-free diet more or less ethical than say a vegan diet. As we both are aware, a vegan and vegetarian diet is one of the most ethical diets one chooses to incorporate into their lifestyle, and for good reasons besides the beneficial health factors.

    The Gluten-free diet has become popular, because of its abilities to curb the health problems that are associated with celiac disease (a health issue that causes digestive and allergic issues when an individual consumes any foods that contain gluten.)

    I understand that alone you did not want us to address any health benefits that this diet possesses, however the much emphasized hype of this diet is basically principled around “the diet as a trend itself.”

    When compared to any other diet, the question of the gluten free diet should be considered one of pure health, and not one of ethics- Unless the case is that, you are ethically wanting to acquire better health by avoiding the debilitating effects of gluten allergies and celiac disease.

  5. Kacey Rigano says:

    I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease at the beginning of 2011. Before that I would eat anything and everything and still can’t seem to stop. I’ve been having very bad stomach pains and lots of other pain in my abdominal area for a long time. I try so hard to eat properly because of the fear the doctor has put into me, but get so dang mad. I try to bake bread but seem to mess it up. If I get it right then it goes bad fast. It’s like I can’t seem to keep a healthy diet and enjoy food. I have no patience for making “everything” that I eat and no will power. I’m 238 pounds and 5’8″ tall and way obese according to the BMI index. Living in remote region in Northern Alaska makes it a bit inconvenient to buy gluten-free products without paying a seal and a whale for shipping. So… I . I don’t know how much longer I can keep this up. I constantly tell myself that I’ve been eating this way for 41 years and have been miserable for just about that long that why does it matter if I’m gluten free? It’s an everyday struggle with life and I really have no support groups except what’s on this internet.