Outstanding athletes like Novak Djokovic and Andy
Murray are broadcasting the benefits of being Gluten Free eaters and definitely
creating a buzz. Many actors, news personalities, and even the guy next door
are following suit and reaping the benefits. Allergies disappear, no more
cramping, bloating, fatigue, wrinkles, and arthritis all seem to be a thing of
the past. No longer confined to those who have serious food allergies, Celiac
disease and Crohn’s, everyday people are now discovering the benefits of
eliminating wheat from their diet. Giving up bread products made from
gluten-containing grains like wheat and rye is one step, a BIG step, but oats,
corn, barley, and rice are also considered grains coming with their own host of
problems. Although wheat is by far the worst offender, and the most often
consumed, giving up ALL grains in favor of a meat, vegetable, and fruit diet is
one key to a healthy body that functions flawlessly.
Food manufacturers, faced an ever
growing health conscious consumer, have found ways around the anti-gluten
movement. The most often used tactic is to substitute corn, rice, and/or soy
for wheat in order to tout ‘Gluten-Free’ on their packaging. Cereals, crackers,
and pastas all have gluten-free slapped on their boxes making it appear that it
is a healthier choice, when in reality, they are just substituting one really
bad grain for a lesser, but equally nutritionally deficient, grain.
Other Substitutes find their
way into typical wheat products bringing with them their starch and lectin content.
- Grain Legumes, such as
beans and peas
- Soy, chickpeas, and
- Psuedo-grains like Quinoa
What do I do? …There’s
Nothing Left to Eat!
Since there is no reason to
consume bread-wheat-gluten-grain products, finding ways to kick the typical
western diet is the goal, and that can be challenging. This site is about arming you with the tactics
to prepare foods simply and find foods when out-and-about that keep your body
working well and taste good. A modern day Hunter-Gatherer always finds ways
around what most food manufactures supply, restaurants prepare, and most people
tend to eat.
- Read the article 10 Ways to
Give Wheat the Boot
- There are restaurants on
every corner that make a salad with grilled meat.
- No crackers with cheese
- Eat more protein and fat in
every meal to avoid craving grains and starch.
- Use higher fat condiments such
as olive oil and almond butter
- Ignore the friend who says ‘Fat
makes you fat!’
- In an emergency nut and
jerky are your friends
- Take pre-cooked chicken
sausages to the office or golf course
- Even a pub or gas station
has an all protein appetizer or snack
- Beer has gluten!
- Forget about sandwiches
- Forget about breakfast cereal in favor of a
shake, omelet, or chicken sausage and eggs.