I do blame food a lot, but the food is not always the enemy.
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You have heard of Colitis or Ulcerative Colitis in proper medical form. You may even have Colitis. Perhaps you suspect you have an undiagnosed Colitis but have you ever heard of Proctitis? What is Proctitis?
Help! I’m gluten free. Now what? You have decided to fully commit to a 100% gluten-free lifestyle. The only problem? You have no idea where to start. Grab a cup of coffee (not the instant kind, unless you know for sure it’s gluten-free, as many of them are “gluten-ated!”) and get cozy….help is on the way!
Before diving in, you must confirm (and be completely honest with yourself) one of the following three statements:
Again, be completely honest with yourself when choosing #1, #2 or #3. Why are you saying, “Help! I’m gluten free. Now what?” Because each statement likely associates the gluten-free lifestyle with something unique. Let me explain:
Now that you have your starting place, let’s move right on in with the main squeeze of the day, Mr. Gluten.
Gluten is (in simplest terms) a special type of protein that is commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley. People use the terms wheat and gluten interchangeably, but they are not the same. Learn more about their differences and sources for them via 124 Wheat and Gluten Sources and Alternate Names.
You now know whether you fit into statement #1, #2 or #3. Use the following resources and information to help guide you to the gluten-free healthy lifestyle you need.
Note: I could go on forever here. It’s just a matter of perusing the Internet to see which blog/personality fits best with your style. Want to find more (and get trapped into reading all day?) just Google, “Gluten Free AND Blog.”
One aspect of going gluten free that I think many people overlook is that many foods, in their natural state, are already gluten free. If you are the type of person who loves fresh fruits, vegetables and plain meats (no, deli meat is not included usually – sorry) then you will do very well with a gluten-free diet. (Read: 10 Tips to Lead Your Gluten Free Healthy Lifestyle.)
I eat very, very simple. I eat most foods as close to their natural state as possible, and the only things I add are fresh spices, herbs, and sea (or Himalayan) salt.
Going gluten free is a challenge mostly for those who have lived their lives off of packaged and processed goods (I’m raising my hand because this was me, too). Those are typically the foods that are plump full of gluten. The only time I really have to worry anymore is if I’m craving a cupcake or chips. In those instances, I make sure they are gluten free. If you can train your body to enjoy real foods, half of your battle is won! (Remember, though, not all foods in their original state are gluten free. ie. Whole Wheat Pasta.) Grab my FREE Real Food Shopping Guide for Costco!
Going 100% gluten-free, no matter what your prerogative might be, is never easy in the beginning. But if you need to go gluten free, it’s absolutely worth it!
If you need further help, consider grabbing The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut and/or working with me 1-on-1.
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