As you transition into a gluten free and wheat free lifestyle you’re going to get questions. Some of the questions are genuine. People really want to learn more about your choices and support you. They might also be considering making the change themselves. You may get some seemingly rude questions but they’re not as common as you might think. I’ll share some of the questions I receive from friends and family as well as other nutrition and weight loss enthusiasts about going wheat free. Probably the most common question about wheat free living I get is:
Can You Eat Organic Wheat?
No. Organic wheat, as lovely as organic foods are, still contains gluten. And while it isn’t GMO wheat, it has been bred for decades to be higher in gluten. The cross breeding has resulted in a grain that is much higher in gluten than it used to be. Additionally, if you’re sensitive to gluten it doesn’t really matter much if the gluten was treated with pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It’s still gluten.
I Thought Whole Grains Were Good For You.
Some of the components of whole grains are good for you. Fortunately, you can get fiber, healthy fats, and protein from other sources. There are also many whole grains that don’t contain gluten. They include amaranth, millet, buckwheat and quinoa. If you like whole grains but you can’t have gluten try some of the alternatives. And make sure you’re getting your fiber and healthy fats from other sources. Pistachios are an exceptional source of fiber and you can get your healthy fats from nuts, fish, or supplements.
Can’t You Ever Eat Gluten? Come On, A Bagel Isn’t Going To Kill You.
The truth is that there are some compelling reasons why you never want to eat gluten again. In the most serious cases if you have Celiac disease then a bagel can wreak havoc on your system. It’s definitely not worth it. Also, if you have other autoimmune diseases then a taste of gluten or wheat can cause a flare up.
If you’re sensitive to gluten or you were a gluten addict before going wheat free, then trying a bagel can send you on a downward spiral. Some people are more sensitive to wheat or gluten addiction. One bagel might turn into an entire day of gluten indulgence which can turn into a week and before you know it you’re right back where you started.
Finally, if you haven’t had gluten for some time and you indulge in that bagel or muffin, you might experience a serious flare up of symptoms. You can even experience some symptoms that you’ve never had before. One associate of mine went gluten free for a month. She had that bagel and experienced the worst case of cystic acne I’d ever seen. She didn’t have acne beforehand but boy oh boy was that a sign that gluten wasn’t for her. Needless to say, it didn’t take any more convincing.
Others, believe it or not, experience symptoms that are worse than my friend’s acne. I’ve known some who just had to test the gluten ‘just to see’ and spent the next couple of days in the bathroom. Not fun.
Can you have gluten once in a while? You can do anything you want. Should you?
Definitely not. Once you eliminate gluten and wheat from your diet, you’re better off to stay free of it.
Some might consider this a downside to going wheat free and in the next post we’ll take a look at other potential downsides. You’ll have the information you need to make the best decision for you, your health, and your goals.