Why am I writing about a gluten free diet on a blog that talks about staying trim after 40? Well, my goal at this stage of my life is to stay healthy so I can enjoy life for as long as possible and I want the same for you. I want you to live long and prosper. Eating healthy is a great way to do that
So what is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It causes adverse reactions in people that are sensitive to it. It’s found in a lot of foods such as bread, pasta, beer, cold cuts, muffins, cakes, pies, pretzels, soups, etc.
Side effects of gluten sensitivity include, but are not limited to, abdominal pain, bloating, fatigue, and headaches. A gluten free diet can eliminate the side effects and make you feel better.
Foods that you can eat that do not include gluten are corn, rice; gluten free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato and bean) vegetables and meats such as mutton, poultry, beef, and fish.
Many restaurants now serve gluten free foods. Here is an app that I found that may be helpful to you when you are out and about and want to stop for a quick bite to eat. It’s called glutenless dining. Check it out.
Remember, before you start any diet please check with your doctor. Especially if you think you’re allergic to gluten. Why? Because celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that mimics gluten intolerance.
A person with celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that triggers an autoimmune reaction against the body’s own tissues.
It can damage your small intestines causing malnutrition and weight loss. So it is vital that you get tested for celiac disease before you start a gluten free diet.