It all really started a couple of years ago- I did not feel quite right. But I couldn’t put my finger on it. I decided to get treatment from a fellow colleague. I told him that I did not feel like I was reaching my full potential in health. I felt sluggish, my thinking was a little clouded, I wasn’t loosing any weight despite being careful, my long history of digestion problems still haunted me and to top it all off, the joy in my life always felt like it was not as shiny as it could or should be. But I had every reason to be excited about the future and how well things were going in my life.
He gave me a warm smile and said, “Robbin, I want you to try something for me.” Umm, ok. I trusted his opinion and decided to do whatever he told me. He said I should find this book called Wheat Belly. And to cut gluten out of my diet for the next 4 weeks and see how I do.
Thank goodness he didn’t suggest this 10 years ago! Since most grocery stores and restaurants now, are trying to carry gluten free alternatives. I had no trouble finding foods to support my gluten free diet. Not to bore you with all the details I will consolidate the end results. Basically, I lost 5 pounds, my energy was more consistent, the gas and bloating was significantly reduced, and there was even some better clarity to my thinking. It felt like a nasty layer had been peeled off of me!
Why does gluten affect me this way?
I always thought that wheat was considered to be the “bread of life”. So, if it is supposed to help support you, why are we having problems eating it? Here is what I think. I fully agree that wheat is just not what it used to be. It has been genetically modified for the feeding of the masses. The gluten part of the wheat is so much larger than what it originally started out to be. There are other details to this, but the Wheat Belly book has some great insights as well as the Celiac Disease Foundation, and we can talk more of this detail in person, if you desire more information.
What has gluten in it?
It is in Wheat, Rye, Barley, Malt, Brewer’s Yeast.
So is it a fad to be gluten free?
No, I don’t think so.
To have a gluten-free lifestyle can be for many reasons. I feel that more and more people are wanting to reach their full health potential and are realizing how food affects them. Others may also have an intolerance, an allergy or celiac disease. For more details and if you would like help with eliminating gluten from your diet, just let me know. We can schedule a time to go over what other grains contain gluten…Because it is not just wheat! Plus, we can look at ways to help support you and make this shift fairly seamless.
Just give Heritage Health a call and let us know when you would like to come in: (303) 694-1245.
Best in health,
Robbin Tallow-Ajilo, L.Ac.