Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to choose to accept what you need to do in your diet to be healthy.
Level of Commitment: Leap of Faith
In today’s giveaway post, you’ll hear from Lenetta, a friend of mine who had to cut out gluten because of the possibility of a gluten sensitivity.
She wasn’t happy about it.
My husband also has had to give up gluten (mostly, but not all the time), and he too, was not happy about it. He’s coming around, but you’ll notice I said that he only omits gluten most of the time, not all.
You may remember Amy Green’s story of her battle against extra pounds, and finally, finally winning it with the weapon of gluten-and-sugar-free living.
Because she saw amazing results, she is happy with her restricted diet – and she knows how to cook and bake so that she certainly doesn’t feel restricted. At first, I’m sure it was tough to get started though.
Is Gluten a Problem for Everyone?
After hearing stories like Amy’s, watching my husband’s amazing experience with going grain-free and then figuring out it was gluten that bothered him, and hearing statistics like:
One in three Americans may have some issue with gluten.
I’m to the point where when anyone talks of an unexplained malady, a pain that they can’t get rid of, or a health issue that doctors can’t figure out and are just medicating, I automatically think, "They should cut gluten." When I see a child out of control or struggling academically or with their health, and especially when I notice dark circles under their eyes, I think, "I bet they have a gluten problem."
I can’t always be right. Not everyone can have an issue with gluten.
But one in three is a pretty huge percentage of the population.
So maybe it’s a good idea to follow the advice of Dr. Tom O’Brien, searing words that I heard on a podcast over a year ago and I’ll never forget:
"If anyone has a health issue of any kind, they should start by cutting gluten."
It might not help, but what if it does?
Maybe Just a Small Change
I was reading the back story on the beginning of the Healthy Surprise company, today’s giveaway sponsor. (coupon code KITCHENSTEW for $5 off!!) I just loved what Joe had to say about healthy eating:
I like to think of eating healthy as a muscle. Its really hard to just ‘switch over’ to eating ‘all healthy’. You have to work your way towards a cleaner diet and get your discipline and palate stronger. Tastes actually change and people come to crave healthier foods and dislike unhealthier foods. I like to tell people who ask that the first step is to just start eating "food". Only eat things where you can name everything in your meal, and you can mentally visualize each ingredient. If you do that, you’re ahead of 95% of the people in this country. Counting calories and carbohydrates are a distraction. Its a way of getting people to think its OK to eat processed garbage, as long as they use a certain system for meting out how much garbage they are allowed to eat.
Maybe you don’t feel like you need to cut gluten (or dairy, or sugar, or, or, or…). But maybe you know you really should cut down on sweeteners in general. Maybe you read the real food weight loss and exercise series and thought you should start eating smaller portions or less processed food, but you haven’t done it yet. Maybe you’re not eating enough healthy fats or too many refined grains.
Most likely, you know what little change is niggling at you that you should just DO.
If you’re familiar with the Bible, you may have recognized my silly rewriting of this verse, paraphrased:
"If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it into Gehenna, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
My lack of memorization of Bible verses is showing here, as I can’t find exactly where that verse is. I might have paraphrased it totally wrong! But the point of the story is this: if something causes you to sin, it’s better to cut it out of your life rather than end up in a place of eternal suffering.
For some people, gluten (or dairy or sugar or corn or soy or…) makes them feel like Gehenna.
If that’s you, you shouldn’t be doomed to eternal suffering.
Cut it out.
Pray about it and be open to listening to God’s Word.
Be brave, be bold, and try an elimination diet, cutting out all of the possible offenders and figuring out what’s bothering you!
- Baby eczema cured by an elimination diet
- More encouragement on starting an elimination diet
- More info on gluten sensitivity – and read the comments, too
- When our whole family did grain-free/gluten-free
- Interview with the author of "What’s Eating Your Child?"
Have you ever thought that you might need to cut a food from your diet?
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