Gluten free diet – Does it work?

Posted Thursday October 25, 2012 No Comments

Do your workouts and events get clouded with a wonky stomach or lack of energy? It’s possible that you could be suffering from gluten intolerance or possibly even celiac’s disease. To find out for sure, you would need to get with your doctor and have them test you for it.

Glutenfreeworks describes what a gluten free diet is perfectly, it simply means not eating food that is made from the grains of wheat, barley, rye, and oats. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease.

What kinds of foods have gluten in them: breads, pastas, cereals, crackers, cookies, cake, and even beer. Anything that has flour in it.

Now that we know what we can’t eat. How about what we can. The Mayo Clinic provides a great list of non gluten foods and grains:

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

While this diet change seems to be a challenge at first, once you get on board it should become second nature. Gluten Free Cooking School offers a great email course to take you step by step through changing your diet.