Who is ready for a challenge this week or weekend? I’m always up for a challenge! Today I am going to challenge you to go gluten free this week. I know, I know, it sounds crazy right? But seriously, going gluten free can be a lot easier than you think.
Just follow these three simple simple steps to go gluten free this weekend, and you can kickstart this awesome way of healthy living. These are the three things you need to know from the very beginning. These are also the three things you will continue to fall back on as you go through this process. So let’s get this party started! Woop Woop!
This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Gluten My Friend
In order to go gluten free, you have to know what gluten is. Gluten today is not your grandma’s gluten. I don’t know about your grandma, but my grandma used to make the best homemade southern biscuits. I used to eat them all of the time and it never bothered me because gluten just wasn’t the same. Our gluten now is modified and is a totally different form of gluten that gets into your bloodstream and causes all sorts of problems.
Tip #1: Find Your Why
I have a gluten intolerance, I do not have celiac disease, but gluten does work against me in my quest for healthy living. For me, gluten triggers hormone imbalance. I had an early hysterectomy, and shortly after that I realized that gluten was one of the things working against me in keeping my hormones balanced. Once I eliminated gluten, it helped tremendously.
I love pie and I love cake! Yes it is true! I mean I LOVE THEM! But when I eat either of those I have noticed that I suddenly break out with acne like a teenager. Also, like a lot of women my age, after I had my babies and my hysterectomy I began to have that spread in my midsection. I know, I know, I thought it was a myth too. But, my friend it is not! A lot of times the poochy belly or muffin top can be caused by gluten intolerance or a hormone imbalance.So have no fear it can be fixed!
To be honest, the last few weeks I have felt a lot of bloating and I knew it was caused by the gluten I indulged in recently. We all have those weak moments, but I always regret it later. When you think about all of the problems that gluten can cause like: hormone imbalance, weight gain, fatigue, bloating, headaches, migraines, acne, etc., you have to ask yourself if those few bites of food are worth it.
Tip #2: Eat As Clean as you Possibly Can
What do I mean by eating clean? Fruits, veggies, lean meat, all of the things God gave you naturally on this earth to eat. If you do not like veggies, you have got to find a way to make them work for you. Try a new recipe with fresh veggies, some spices, olive oil, coconut oil, use whatever you need (except nasty preservatives) to get your veggies in. If you don’t eat your fruits, veggies, and lean meats, you will be unable to thrive. You will feel awful without the God given vitamins and minerals that were meant to have in our bodies. Supplements are great, but it is always best to get the things from the natural source. If you eat as clean as you can, you will not run into any gluten. God didn’t put gluten into his foods, gluten was added by man. Eating clean means to get rid of the boxed, bottled, canned, or tubed food. Food in its natural state doesn’t have gluten added, and is the safest way to eat. When you do your grocery shopping you will noticed that there is a huge market of “Gluten Free” packaged foods. Always double check the labels to make sure they are actually gluten free. I also would use caution because a lot of gluten free packaged foods don’t taste that great. You will need to try some things and see what works for you.
Tip #3: Check your Pantry and Medicine Cabinet
Be sure to check the labels of any spices, herbs, and supplements that you buy. There are many spice mixes and supplements that contain gluten. You will also need to check any medicines that you take for gluten. A call to your doctor or pharmacist can help you make sure that you aren’t taking in unknown gluten.
A great project for this weekend or today is to go through your kitchen with a garbage bag and throw out all of the items with gluten. I know its hard, and I am not a wasteful person, but it needs to be done! Throw it in the garbage and say goodbye. You can also say goodbye to the muffin top, the swollen face, the extra pounds, and the hormone problems.
I know that a lot of people think that going gluten free is a fad or a diet. It is neither of these things. Going gluten free is about your personal well being and what is best for your body and your health. Those of you who know me, know that I am not about health and wellness to lose weight. I am all about health and wellness for whole body well being and healthy living. You have to start somewhere, and a good place to start is going gluten free. So there you go, the challenge is on! Take the challenge and go gluten free this weekend!
Do You Suffer From These Symptoms?
- Are you experiencing Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Miscarriage, Hormone Imbalance, Infertility, Adult Acne or Weight Gain?
- Or Eczema, Iron Deficiency, Skin Issues, or Inflammation?
- How about an Auto Immune Disease, Bloating, Thyroid Disorder, Joint Pain or Constipation?
Going Gluten Free is for sure worth looking into. Check out my Gluten Free 101 so you can learn how to go Gluten Free without making the mistakes I made. It is easier than it looks and sounds, I promise. Not to mention, it has helped my health and my family’s health tremendously!
Need a Little Help Getting Started?
Check out my Gluten Free 101 video series where you will gain access to videos, downloads, shopping lists, Gluten Free recommendations that really taste good and how-tos on eating out Gluten Free and so much more! This series is packed full of information and takes the guessing work out of going Gluten Free. It isn’t as hard as you think, I promise. I made the mistakes so you don’t have to. Once my family and I went completely Gluten Free we haven’t turned back. We feel better (it has helped my hormone health and so much more) and it is super simple and not as expensive as you think.
Until next time…
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