1. I do not like bread.
2. I do not have celiac disease.
3. I am not gluten free.
Phew! Glad I got those off my chest.
Now I bet you can guess what I'm talking about in this post...dun, dun, dun... BREAD! Gluten, wheat, grains... All of the above. I want to share with you why I don't like bread and why I'm not gluten free.
Hmmm... I don't like bread and I don't eat gluten free? That makes no sense. Well, I am kind of a confusing person when it comes to food (ask my family), but I'm pretty happy with the foods I eat now.
Let's start with gluten free:
What is gluten? According to Google's definition, it is "a substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease."
Gluten free products are made for people with celiac disease. What's celiac disease? It's a disease that only 1% of the American population has. It's an abnormal immune response to gluten and can damage the lining of the small intestine. Also, some people are more sensitive to gluten, so they lean towards gluten free products.
Well, me being me, I thought gluten free was some sort of diet to go on a while back. I didn't really look into it. I just assumed that eating no gluten would be way healthier and help me lose weight. Well, it did. But that's not the only thing it did. I was on a gluten free kick for a while...then one day I thought I'd try eating my traditional pasta, cupcakes, pizza, and "wheat" products again, but that back fired (I guess that's what I get for giving into terrible cravings). Since I cut gluten for a while, my body REALLY didn't respond well. I didn't know it was because of the gluten at the time, but then I finally noticed that I would get the same response after every meal I had that contained gluten. Uh oh. What had I done?!
After my realization, I did some reading on gluten free and realized that a gluten free diet may have not been the best idea. I now eat somewhat gluten free because my body can't handle it in a lot of portions. I now eat foods that contain gluten (the good kind that I will mention below), but in very small portions. **Without gluten, our bodies lack a lot of nutrients we need.**
Okay, don't get me wrong. I do eat a lot of gluten free things, but that doesn't mean I eat gluten free processed stuff. A huge majority of the gluten free products that we buy are filled with artificial sugars, preservatives, added crap, and sometimes not all labels are correct. Some gluten free items are labeled gluten free but really they contain gluten (it's hidden in the ingredients). If you do decide to eat gluten free, be careful, do your research, and make sure the product is really what it all says it is.
So if I eat somewhat gluten free, what do I eat that contains gluten? Personally, I stick to a more natural and clean life style. I guess you could say I'm more of a clean eater? Clean eating is the consumption of mostly natural foods like fruits, veggies, lean meats, whole wheats and grains, and less processed stuff.
When I do eat bread, I eat 100% whole wheat. I don't eat any white breads, pastas, or rice. When it comes to rice, I eat brown. Tortillas? Who can resist tortillas? I love corn! I also am addicted to baked corn tortilla chips (and they're gluten free! Tostito's has baked ones that are pretty good). When I eat pasta, I eat whole wheat or the gluten free kind (it's made with brown rice, corn, or quinoa). Your body needs the nutrients and carbs from whole grain and whole wheat foods, plus they make you feel full longer!
Why not white? Well, white breads and grains are bleached. Doesn't that sound yummy? They're full of processed sugar. Sounds good, right? They're also packed with salt. Don't you love feeling bloated? ….please tell me you said no to all of those questions. White breads and grains are bad carbs AND they make you crave and want to eat more.
The following pictures are differences in whole wheat and grains vs. white breads and grains.
I really like this picture below! It's a guide to eating clean. I feel like "week 3" is very fitting for this post (I like food humor).
Picture sources: http://funeralformyfat.tumblr.com/EatingClean
I sure hope you enjoyed reading today's post. It is something that means a lot to me and I hope it does for you too. Thank you again for keeping up with my posts, you truly are amazing.
Also, I'm really trying to get my posts out there for more people to get motivated and inspired to live a healthier and happier life style, so please! Feel free to spread the word about the blog. Share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, text, phone call…. I think you get the point. I would greatly appreciate it!
P.S. I bet you could play a drinking game with how many times I say 'gluten free' in this post.
P.S. Again... Here's the post of my July goal challenge from yesterday: