I think wheat is a scapegoat for many people who are overweight. They may have read that gluten-free bread is diet food and can help them reach their weight loss goals.
I am all in favor of trying to identify foods that don’t work well for you and to avoid them – whether for dieting or because they don’t agree with you. But… some people avoid wheat just because they read that it is “bad.” Not because they have any symptoms of an intolerance to gluten. In fact, only about one in 133 people actually have Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition in which gluten from wheat causes serious damage to the intestinal lining. A larger number of individuals have some level of intolerance or sensitivity to it, which isn’t formally diagnosable.
What matters is your life and your body.
If you decide that wheat-free is the way to go for you and it leads to good outcomes, great!
But if you go from eating Pop Tarts for breakfast, deep dish pizza for lunch, and pasta for dinner … to having lean protein and vegetables for each meal, drop 15 pounds and say, “Hey! Giving up gluten made me lose weight!” … you’ll be missing the point. Maybe your wheat-free diet just solved your processed food diet.
The bottom line is, if you feel better and lose weight from avoiding wheat, that’s fabulous. Whether it’s from choosing whole foods because the processed ones aren’t on the menu, taking in less calories, or because you’re less inflamed without gluten … it doesn’t really matter.
If it works, it works. Testing this out for yourself and observing the outcome is far more helpful than reading about the “evil food” of the week and avoiding it out of fear.
The best advice is simple: Eat what makes you feel and look your best.
Food intolerances and allergies
If you have a food allergy, you probably know it. You might even have spent some time in the ER because of it! However, food intolerances are a little more subtle and harder to figure out.
Getting gassy, bloated, stuffed up, and uncomfortable are signs of either food intolerances or poor gut health.
The most common food allergens/intolerances are:
For adults: Dairy, seafood/shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs
For children: Eggs, dairy, peanuts, soy, and wheat
If you suffer from gastrointestinal symptoms and can’t locate specific foods that may be causing the problem, there are two approaches that typically prove effective:
Start a gut health protocol. Add a probiotic, such as AdvoCare’s Probiotic Restore, which introduces healthy bacteria to your gut. Next, add digestive enzymes.
Begin a rotation diet. Remove all of the most common allergens for 6-8 weeks. Once you’ve removed these foods from your diet, reintroduce them one at a time. You may identify the culprit or you may find that you are totally fine with them again.
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