MY 7 Day Gluten Free Tryout Results

The popular media and conventional wisdom, including the medical profession’s traditional approach to nutrition, have created and continue to perpetuate this problem through inadequate, outdated dietary counseling.

Attempts to universalize dietary therapies so that one-diet-fits-all influences the flawed claims against meats and fats, thereby encouraging overconsumption of grains.

Government-sponsored guides to healthy eating, such as the USDA’s food pyramid, which advocates six to eleven servings of grains daily for everyone, lag far behind current research and continue to preach dangerously old-fashioned ideas.

Because the USDA’s function is largely the promotion of agriculture and agricultural products, there is a clear conflict of interest inherent in any USDA claim of healthful benefits arising from any agricultural product.

Popular beliefs and politically motivated promotion, not science, continue to dictate dietary recommendations, leading to debilitating and deadly diseases that are wholly or partly preventable.” ― Ron Hoggan, Dangerous Grains

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Gluten Free

It has been seven days since I had ingested anything with gluten in it. My results have been very positive. The overall well-being of my body has improved since doing the tryout.

I knew I would need some alternatives to the regular foods that I consume.

Where could I buy some gluten-free products, because I had never looked before? What is gluten free? Gluten free products have absolutely nothing in it that contains gluten.

I was able to find such a store not too far from my home. I checked out Davids Natural Market last week to buy some gluten-free products.

This was the kind of store that I had been looking for. There is a whole isle dedicated to gluten-free products. I purchased pasta, cereal, breakfast bars, chocolate bars, and a probiotic juice drink.

There is a Whole Foods in Baltimore but it is about 40 minutes or so from my home and I don’t get down there as much as I would like to.  It is one of my favorite “health conscious” grocery stores and I wish they had one closer to me.

The portions are smaller than what you are used to buying. Also they are more expensive than regular gluten products.

Since I started my blog I have made some improvements to my overall physical health. Here are some positive changes that I have made in the past two months.

  1. Taking Vitamin B12 Daily.
  2. Drinking a Green Drink Daily.
  3. Eating Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Daily.
  4. Wear my Power Balance Bracelet Daily.
  5. Gluten Free Lifestyle Implemented.

These little changes have added up to an overall better feeling in my mind and body. I am going to stick to a gluten-free lifestyle because I believe that I do have an allergy to gluten.

I am very happy to see so many grocery stores and restaurants now offering gluten-free alternatives. Even bakeries have gluten-free products which is really cool too.

Have you thought about switching to a gluten-free lifestyle? There are many gluten free diets and gluten free foods to choose from. Granted not all of them taste so great and they are a bit pricey too.

Many people have Celiac Disease and don’t even know it.

From the Mayo Clinic Website:

Allowed foods
Many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free:

  • Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
  • Fresh eggs
  • Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Most dairy products

It’s important to make sure that they are not processed or mixed with gluten-containing grains, additives or preservatives. Many grains and starches can be part of a gluten-free diet:

  • Amaranth
  • Arrowroot
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn and cornmeal
  • Flax
  • Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato, bean)
  • Hominy (corn)
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Soy
  • Tapioca
  • Teff

Always avoid
Avoid all food and drinks containing:

  • Barley (malt, malt flavoring and malt vinegar are usually made from barley)
  • Rye
  • Triticale (a cross between wheat and rye)
  • Wheat

Avoiding wheat can be challenging because wheat products go by numerous names. Consider the many types of wheat flour on supermarket shelves — bromated, enriched, phosphated, plain and self-rising. Here are other wheat products to avoid:

  • Bulgur
  • Durum flour
  • Farina
  • Graham flour
  • Kamut
  • Semolina
  • Spelt

Avoid unless labeled ‘gluten-free’
In general, avoid the following foods unless they’re labeled as gluten-free or made with corn, rice, soy or other gluten-free grain:

  • Beer
  • Breads
  • Cakes and pies
  • Candies
  • Cereals
  • Cookies and crackers
  • Croutons
  • French fries
  • Gravies
  • Imitation meat or seafood
  • Matzo
  • Pastas
  • Processed luncheon meats
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces, including soy sauce
  • Seasoned rice mixes
  • Seasoned snack foods, such as potato and tortilla chips
  • Self-basting poultry
  • Soups and soup bases
  • Vegetables in sauce

Certain grains, such as oats, can be contaminated with wheat during growing and processing stages of production.

For this reason, doctors and dietitians generally recommend avoiding oats unless they are specifically labeled gluten-free.

You should also be alert for other products that you eat or that could come in contact with your mouth that may contain gluten. These include:

  • Food additives, such as malt flavoring, modified food starch and others
  • Medications and vitamins that use gluten as a binding agent
  • Play dough

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