Gluten and Dairy Free 101 – part 1

I taught a class on this over the weekend. Seeing as this is the newest health craze – I thought I would share some highlights from my class.

Why might you even explore this in the first place?

  • To decrease inflammation – Inflammation is linked to many diseases including heart disease, autoimmune conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid disorders), Alzheimer’s, asthma, allergies, fibromyalgia, and cancer.
  • Weight loss resistance – Some clients are unable to lose weight because their body is intolerant to a certain food.
  • Celiac disease – If you have celiac disease, you MUST eliminate gluten. If you think you might have celiac disease, please get tested before eliminating gluten. If you eliminate it beforehand, you may get a false negative.
  • Get rid of migraine headaches
  • Unexplained symptoms – Have you ever had a pain or digestive problems that your doctor cannot figure out?  Maybe they have done CT scans, MRIs, etc… and can’t find anything. You begin to think maybe the doctor thinks you’re crazy? It’s not that your doctor doesn’t care or thinks you’re crazy. It’s just that they received little to no training in nutrition, so most of them don’t connect the food you are eating to the way you are feeling.

While my class centered around gluten and dairy, you can be intolerant to a myriad of different foods. Not all foods you may be sensitive to are inherently “bad.”  Some people cannot tolerate apples, for example.

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This is why it is important to keep a food journal if you are having symptoms. Comment below and I can send you one. Basically you will track the food you eat, your digestion, and the way you feel at different points during the day. Then you look for patterns.

Have you ever kept a food journal?

Do you suffer from any of the above conditions?

 

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