Do I believe that people have sensitivities to gluten? Yes, I do, and I fully respect them. I also know that Celiac disease is a very real condition and that even a speck of gluten can set them off. I don’t believe, however, that every person on the planet needs to cut out gluten. I have yet to find conclusive research that indicates that it’s going to destroy the lining of our intestines.
Why am I so fired up? Well, first of all, I’m tired of hearing about how bad gluten is (probably just as much, if not more, as superfoods and kale) but mostly because of the harm it’s causing so many people. Client after client will tell they’re trying to avoid gluten because of how bad they hear it is, but then end up bingeing, stressed, and frustrated because of how hard they’re working to avoid it. They just want a dang sandwich! They have no problems digesting it, but because the anti-gluten message is so pervasive, it’s damn near impossible to not feel wrong for eating it.
To gluten, or not to gluten
If you feel better without gluten, great, don’t eat it. But if gluten doesn’t bother you, there’s no reason to cut it out of your life. Toast with eggs is probably the most comforting, easy to digest meal for me. It’s my go-to when my GI is off, I don’t feel too hot, or just want something simple and nourishing. You know what digests horribly for me? Kale! But every where you look people are touting the magical benefits of it and how healthy and fabulous it is. So do I tell everyone to stop eating kale because it makes me bloated? Nope, and I never would (unless, of course, you tell me you’re force feeding yourself kale salads).
There will always be something…
Here’s the thing guys… there’s always going to be a food to avoid, a new diet to try, and a rule to follow. Always. It’s never going to stop. Dieting is a bazillion dollar industry and the gluten free market is projected to be valued at $7.6 billion by 2020. So the best thing you can do for yourself is to get to know your body in every way possible and learn to listen to what it tells you. If you are someone who has cut out gluten and you genuinely feel better, high five. If, however, you are someone who has stopped eating it simply because think you should, even though your digestion and health is great, you probably don’t need to, which is going to make life a heck of a lot easier and more satisfying.
Bottom line… this seeking of greater health is leading to an increase in stress and ultimately, negatively affecting overall wellbeing. Pretty silly, right? We’re doing all these things to feel better and be healthier, yet we’re making ourselves crazy and chasing our tails trying to check every box.
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