May is Celiac Awareness Month, and at Goodness Me!, that means celebrating a gluten-free diet. To help do that, we have put together a FREE guide to eating gluten-free. This guide contains some tips on eating a gluten-free diet from health experts; some great alternatives to flours and grains if you are following a gluten-free diet, delicious gluten-free recipes; and so much more. Head over here to get this guide now and start enjoying living gluten-free!
Perhaps you're wondering: what exactly is celiac disease? Celiac disease is what we consider to be the end-stage of gluten intolerance. People who are celiac are not able to digest any gluten-containing products, and therefore lead a gluten-free lifestyle. However, you don't need to be celiac to have issues with gluten or wheat. As Janet Jacks says, "Gluten sensitivity is a chameleon-like condition, hiding behind a variety of symptoms that make it difficult, if not impossible, to draw the connection. These include not only autoimmune conditions like lupus, MS, scleroderma, thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis, but also such wide-ranging conditions as psoriasis, eczema, severe headaches, IBS, reflux, Crohn's, fibromyalgia, asthma, and chronic infection, among others." Clearly, gluten can cause a lot of problems!
To add insult to injury, we are eating more grain products than ever before. They are added to most everything commercially processed, and even foods that we don't think of as grain foods are likely to contain it. And even if you happen to be consuming the same quantity of grain as a decade ago, you would still be consuming more gluten because bioengineers continually work to "improve" the gluten content so that it makes up a larger and more potent part of the grain. Estimates say that today's wheat contains nearly 90% more gluten than it did a century ago! And, did you know that you might find gluten in such products as soy sauce, salad dressings, ice creams, rice mixes, canned and dried soups, couscous, barbeque sauce, frozen dinners, sauces and gravies and many more every day food items?
It's no wonder that with gluten in so many foods, and causing so many symptoms, that so many people are turning to a gluten-free diet. What if we do not have any concerns, if we are healthy and complaint-free? First, be aware of gluten's prevalence, and its potential dangers. Choose a variety of healthy whole foods that are not sourced from grains. Also, try a variety of gluten-free grains like quinoa or amaranth. Consume gluten in moderation, first by avoiding wheat, since it has the highest content. Soak your grains overnight to enhance their digestibility. Avoid processed foods. Be well nourished. And take care of your digestive system: it is the gateway through which nourishment enters your cells.
The first step to do all this? Check out our free guide to living gluten-free, available here! We also have a number of classes that can help you with a gluten-free lifestyle. Our class calendar can be found here, take a look! Or, visit us in store and ask our knowledgeable staff any questions you might have. We have so many resources available to help make living a gluten-free lifestyle easy and delicious.