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Gluten-free Makes a Difference

In Diet, Editorial, Uncategorized on August 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm

IMG_20160803_1140453I took a break to fix my diet, to better my health, to figure out my relationship with food.  I’m glad to say that I have been feeling better than usual and I think it is because of my diet. I use to ask my rheumatologist  about diet and Lupus and he would say “there is no scientific proof that it will make a change in how I feel.” All the proof I need is how I feel.

Prior to changing my diet, I felt sluggish and absent minded.  I also lived my life as if were Russian roulette, never knowing how I would feel when I wake up.  Can’t say that everyday is not a gamble but I live with the game in my favor.  It doesn’t mean I’m not sick because I have bad days but I don’t feel as defeated as I use to.  For the first time I was able to take a vacation without thinking I will be sick for most of the vacation.  Did I get, sick? Yes but I was able to turn it around in less time and I do believe it is because of my diet.

I don’t eat or at least try not to eat gluten and soy foods which include bread, cereal, cookies, cake and pasta.  I have been able to find some great substitutes for my cravings and other things I have had to just forget about.  What is the biggest challenge?  Eating on the go, is next to impossible.  No burgers (not even vegetarian), sandwiches or pizza for me and they were my usual go to foods.  Now my go to is sushi and boy do I love sushi!  My favorite is spicy tuna rolls from this one restaurant close to me.  In a thousand years, I never thought I would eat raw fish but there were more bonuses than there were cons.  It is affordable, convenient to eat on the road, healthy and most of all yummy; don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

So you think that I would be the healthiest eater due to my new diet.  Not so much. I don’t eat as much junk food or fast food due to the limitations and it has helped me to finally lose over 10 pounds.  Unfortunately I skip meals because what I’ve cooked for my family is not something I can eat. I know some of you may be looking down on me because I am not making the whole family eat what I eat but that’s not fair.  I find the easiest way to adjust to this change is to experiment with Paleo recipes but that can be tricky too;  I’ll explain that in post to come. Vegetables should have increased, but my love affair with them is u and down.  I know I can’t be alone; please let me know of the challenges you have faced being gluten-free.

 

 

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Which Diet Are You On?

In Editorial on December 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Vegetarian                 VeganPaleo       Gluten-Free       Pesceterian       Flexitarian       Raw

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Are you confused by these special diets?

I was until I decided to look into them myself.  Some are very new to the public.  Let me see if I can break them down in simple terms.

 

  • Vegetarian: You don’t eat flesh. No chicken, no steak, no seafood.  Your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and beans.  You are allowed to eat dairy including eggs and honey.
  • Vegan: You don’t eat flesh, dairy, eggs and most often omit caffeine. Your diet consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts. Extreme vegans omit honey because it comes from bees. The goal is to eat the healthiest form of a plant based diet.
  • Paleo: You don’t eat grain, beans or dairy. Your diet consists of meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and nuts.  You don’t eat potatoes, rice or corn because of their high starch content.  Many of your dry goods are homemade or made from alternative flours that come from nuts and coconut.
  • Gluten-Free: You don’t eat anything containing the gluten protein.  So no wheat, barley or rye or allowed.  Your baked goods are made from grains like spelt, almond flour and garbanzo  flour.  Similar to Paleo but you are allowed to eat plant based starches like beans and potatoes and rice.
  • Pescetarian: You don’t eat chicken, steak, lamb or any other land creatures.  You diet consist of seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and nuts.
  • Flexitarian: You eat everything but the majority of your diet is plant based most of the time.  Your diet also consists but limits dairy.
  • Raw:  Similar to the vegan diet except that it is raw.  All fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains and legumes and nuts are eaten in their natural state, dehydrated, blended or juice as a way of protecting their true nutritional value.

During the holidays, we don’t focus on what we are eating but as soon as January 1st comes we make great strides to start the year off on a healthy note.  For most of America, diet is one of their resolutions and they look to one of these diets to be their blueprint.  I want those of you reading and thinking about it to remember that these are not just not diets but lifestyles.  Choosing to eat this way will affect your family and your social life.  You may have to create 2 different dinners because your kids are not into a soy burgers and lentils.  Don’t be discouraged.  If you are going to change the way you eat remember these 3 steps:

1. Ease into it – any change made abruptly usually won’t last. Try it 1 day a week, then 2 then 3 before you know it all 7 days will be easy.

2. Stick to familiar flavors – if you like spicy food, don’t try a bland bowl of beans.  If you don’t make it seem that you are missing the things you like than you won’t mind eating it.

3. Have go-to foods – a lot of the time these diets need to be planned ahead.  There are certain frozen foods that can be a go to or certain restaurants that are special diet friendly.  Do the research; it will help you to fight the hunger pains.

I face these challenges too as I am trying to become a healthier eater.  I hope this helps you as you try to balance your diet with your life.

 

 

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