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Diet Road Test - Gluten Free

Two of our intrepid Outblush editors, Trajano and Janetor, decided to test drive 3 different popular diets this summer, and we're kicking our Diet Road Test feature off with 3 weeks of gluten-free living in honor of Gluten-Free Awareness Month.

Inspired by Shauna James Ahern's blog and her book, Gluten-Free Girl, and all the other fabulous books & blogs out there, we're doin' it right. Check back each Tuesday for the next three weeks to see how we're feeling!

What is it? Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck are known for their gluten-shunning ways. Hasselbeck does it because she has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, a severe immunological intolerance to gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and other grains. Many are laboring under the misapprehension that living gluten-free will help them stay stick thin - essentially, taking Atkins one step further.

But... does it? If you don't have a gluten intolerance, whole grains and oats contain dietary essentials like iron, soluble fiber, & vitamins, but only if they're not processed beyond belief. Being mindful of how your food has been processed and cooked makes as much as a difference as the ingredients themselves. (Whole wheat bread without preservatives is way better for you than, say, Wonder Bread.)

Does just giving up gluten mean you'll automatically eat better? Not necessarily. There's still a ton of g-free junk food, like flourless chocolate cake. You have to actively search out safe nutrient-rich foods, like brown rice, quinoa, and corn. Many non-grain processed foods contain hidden gluten - like soy sauce, some low-fat dairy products, or the ubiquitous and confusing, "natural flavors."

**Disclaimer** Neither of our editors have Celiac Disease or are undertaking these eating regimens to lose weight. They were curious about the smorgasboard of current diets we all read about in magazines and online and how adhering to a strict plan to the letter affects your body, lifestyle, and mind.

Comments


Casandra

Posted on 05.25.10 at 5:09 PM

I love that the blog is doing a gluten free road test! My daughter and I both have Celiac Disease and the diet is more than frustrating at times. I found it more frustrating when Celiac Disease is referred to as a gluten allergy. It is not. Allergies require a histamine response by the body. This is not what happens in individuals who suffer from Celiac Disease. It is an immunological response. This section of your website link to the Celiac Disease Foundation specifically says so as well: http://www.celiac.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5&Itemid=24

I thank you for continuing to raise awareness about Celiac Disease, but please get your information correct.

Blueflier

Posted on 05.25.10 at 7:36 PM

I am gluten-sensitive -- I can tolerate small amounts but get IBS if I overindulge. My biggest issues are lunchtime on weekdays, it is so hard to find gf takeaway. I am delighted to see you guys doing this...and I'd love to hear how it goes. Good luck!

Trajano

Posted on 05.26.10 at 6:10 AM

Thank you so much for your comment Casandra. We apologize for incorrectly describing the nature of Celiac Disease and have corrected our mistake. We've only been eating gluten-free for a few days now and already our appreciation of how difficult it can be for people who need to eat this way for their health has increased exponentially. But clearly, we still have much to learn. Thanks again for helping us along the way!

N

Posted on 05.26.10 at 7:39 AM

My friend also has a gluten free blog.
http://foodallergieswithcheek.blogspot.com/

Jenn

Posted on 05.26.10 at 8:45 AM

Sushi! Sushi SAVES MY LIFE. I'm allergic to wheat(among many other things) so I eat a mainly gluten free diet to avoid any issues. When eating out with friends I'm the queen of suggesting sushi. Just mind the tempura. The Enjoy Life Products are amazing and not "sad" tasting at all. Lots of great little snack treats to get you over a craving for a muffin.

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