Well, I didn’t want to have to come to this harsh language, but it’s true, your gluten-free diet sucks!
By writing this blog, I’ve learned that so many of my readers are still struggling with their health long after following a gluten-free diet. I know. Because I was just like them. Instead of feeling my best healthy self again after going gluten-free, I still felt bloated, gassy, sluggish and crappy for several years. What gives?!? I was following a gluten-free diet, why wasn’t I better?
Here are some of the reasons you might still feel like crap even after going on a gluten-free diet:
(1) You Replaced Bread with Gluten-Free Bread
In an attempt to feel normal again and satisfy those deep cravings for gluten, you simply replaced your favorite foods with gluten-free foods. You replaced regular bread with gluten-free bread, regular pasta with gluten-free pasta, and regular cereal with gluten-free cereal. Well, I hate to break it to you, but replacing crap with crap will keep you feeling like, well, crap. And those packaged gluten-free things, they have more sugar and starches in them to overcompensate for their poor taste. Just saying.
(2) You Didn’t Focus on Repairing Your Gut
You likely went gluten-free after being diagnosed with celiac disease, another autoimmune disease, or after learning you are sensitive, intolerant or allergic to gluten. So you took out the irritant (gluten) but did you do anything to repair your gut? Did you put good stuff in your body to repair the intestinal lining, heal the out-of-whack villi and settle your digestive inflammation? Chances are you just focused in on eating gluten-free with little regard to healing. Sound familiar?
(3) You’re Dependent on Convenience Foods
Like most Americans, we’re used to eating the moment we feel hungry. We’re quick to pick up McDonald’s or Chick-fil-a and slow to prepare a nutritious, home cooked meal. Your dependency on running around, eating fast and ignoring your kitchen will make and keep you sick. Just because you can get gluten-free foods at Wendy’s or Pizza Hut doesn’t mean those food are good for you. Breaking news, those fast, convenience foods are keeping you sick. Doh!
What Can You Do About Your Sucky GF Diet?
OK, so your gluten-free diet sucks. It’s evident that you haven’t given much thought to your health beyond going gluten-free. But here’s the REAL secret. If you want to be healthy, and you want to truly heal your body from the damages resulting from gluten, then you need to do a little housekeeping.
Here are a few suggestions:
(1) Eat anti-inflammatory, naturally gluten-free foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats.
(2) Juice daily – allow your body to soak in all the nutrients from nature’s natural medicine.
(3) Sip on bone broth – it has a ton of valuable nutrients you can’t find in most of the foods you eat.
(4) Keep your gut in check. A good probiotic – coupled with an anti inflammatory diet – will help.
(5) Stress less. Stress manifests itself in your gut and shows up through inflammation throughout your entire body. Look for ways to stress less so you can feel well again.
(6) Cook more. When you cook at home you control the ingredients. You can use quality ingredients and add a dash of Vitamin L (love).
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