8 Reasons to Avoid Gluten

Death by Wheat

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“Gluten Free” is splattered everywhere. With the recent discoveries of the lifelong affects a gluten ridden diet can cause, it has become a huge industry that is rapidly growing. A lot of people are going “gluten free” because it’s the new, cool health fad, but they don’t really know why.

Then are there others who aren’t aware of the effect certain foods have on them, and should really consider getting off gluten in an elimination diet.

Whichever boat you’re in, I wanted to give you a rundown on some of the symptoms gluten can cause. Maybe try eliminating all gluten from your diet and see how you feel!

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity

  • Gut Inflammation– When your gut is inflamed it can cause you to develop other food sensitivities, as well as general pain.   
  • Decreased Intestinal Permeability– Gluten actually weakens the lining of your gut, causing microscopic tears. So whenever you eat, you become more likely for small food particles to leave the stomach before they’re fully broken down, which can cause lots of damage, pain, and inflammation.
  • Damage To the Gut Biome– if you’re not digesting food properly, and your body always thinks it’s under attack, your natural microboime in your gut can easily become disrupted. If you don’t have enough good bacteria, or too much bad bacteria, your whole body feels the effects.
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms– Bloating, naseau , sharp pain, problem eliminating, weight gain, etc.
  • Brain Symptoms– Brain fog is a common side effect of gluten; the feeling of you’re in a cloud, can’t really focus or concentrate, in a daze. If your body is highly inflamed it will directly affect your brain.
  • Skin Symptoms– Acne, psorasis, perioral dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, rashes, etc.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies– If your gut isn’t performing well, your body won’t absorb nutrients well.
  • Muscle and Joint Pains– Again, inflammation is the main symptom of gluten, and this can cause all over pain because everything is inflamed.
  • Consistent Low Energy/Chronic Fatigue– When you’re not getting enough nutrients and your body is constantly trying to fight unwelcome food particles, you will inevitably have less and less energy for regular everyday tasks.

Most people are afflicted by at least one of these problems. If you’re serious about trying to become healthier and live a happier, fuller life, then I highly recommend going off gluten for two weeks and then slowly introduce it into your diet and record how you feel.

Some Popular Gluten-Free Replacements:

  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oats

**I don’t really recommend corn because it is so commonly doused in chemicals, and can be a inflammation trigger for a lot of people**

Really try to listen to your body so you can notice even the subtle changes. Waking up less congested? Not crashing after lunch? Less mucus? etc.

What’s your experience with gluten been? Is it best avoided at all costs? Or are you one of the lucky few that can tolerate it? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!

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xxjoannaxx

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Get Skinny, Eat Fat

Fat and Happy

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If you saw my recent instagram post, you would know that I am a big fan of fat. yes, fat. F-A-T. 

About 70 years ago, the government started telling us that fat was bad for us. And yes, some fat is. Like greasy fried donuts, fast food, packaged foods, etc. BUT not all fats are created equally and your diet NEEDS FAT. This is not some luxury for health conscious freaks. It’s not equivalent to me saying you need to eat a certain mushroom grown at the top of a specific mountain.

No, this actually is applicable to everyone with all body types and food diets.

Why You Need Fat In Your Diet

  • Fat is a MAJOR source of energy. Your cells thrive when there’s fat in your meal.
  • Fat helps you absorb certain nutrients that are fat soluble. KEY TIP: A lot of great nutrients found in vegetables are fat soluble, so adding in some sort of fat (olive/coconut oil, avocado, etc) will help your body assimilate and absorb those nutrients! Really, why do all that work and eat tons of greens if you’re not reaping all of the benefits?
  • Our Brain is primarily made up of fat. (!!!!) So you really need to feed it with fat to maintain optimum function. It’s especially important in brain development for young kids, so make sure to not be afraid of fatty foods with your children!
  • Our body does miraculous things, but there are certain things our body needs to outsource; like essential fatty acids. Only certain types of fat can provide these nutrients, and as the name suggests– they are ESSENTIAL.
  • Fat keeps our bodies fuller for longer, without the constant yo-yoing of starving then stuffing, it keeps our blood sugar balanced. If you are consistently being satisfied at every meal, you will snack much less, which is better for your insulin production and weight loss!
  • With better managed insulin production and steady blood sugar, your other hormones will also eventually balance out. If you keep finding yourself starving and then stuffing your face with bad food, your body is constantly going in and out of survival mode. Spikes and drops with any hormone is going to throw your body out of whack. So by eating fat you’re not only keeping weight down, but also balancing hormones.

So now that you’re convinced that you need to reevaluate your diet, I will now raise you a point by suggesting some of the BEST foods with fat! I will also add the links to some of my favorite products that you can purchase online! 

Best Fatty Foods

  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Full Fat Dairy (if dairy sensitive, use coconut/goat alternatives! Very few people can tolerate cow dairy)
  • Nuts/nut butters (this particular brand of almond butter is just made out of almonds! which is SO SO rare! they’re usually mixed with a nasty inflammatory oil)
  • Olive Oil (extra virgin)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Ghee
  • Butter
  • Salmon
  • Organic Grass Fed Beef (if it’s not organic, you’ll be unintentionally pumping tons of synthetic hormones into your system- which are best avoided at all costs)
  • Coconut Manna (this is my newly discovered food love. IT IS SO TASTY. especially on toast with almond butter. or mixed in with a matcha latte. or just by the spoonful.)

I am such an advocate for adding more fat into your diet, it’s an important key many people are missing in their journey to health. What’s your favorite fatty food? 

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xxjoannaxx