I’ve been writing about health, exercise, and nutrition for quite a while now and, as a result, Days to Fitness is now a great resource of information. However, over the last few months, I realised that I had neglected to address a growing dietary problem that more and more people have to face – gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains and a lot of people are sensitive or intolerant to it. It can cause gas, bloating, upset stomachs, and even skin rashes, pain, and fatigue in some people. Gluten is a serious issue.
Because of several messages from gluten sensitive readers of Days to Fitness, I decided I needed to do some reading and research into this subject to find out more and I’m glad I did.
For many years, I’ve been careful about what I eat. I avoid sugar, don’t consume trans fats, and cook as much of my own food as I can. I’m a big fan of smoothies, and like to use superfoods whenever I can. The one thing I didn’t think about was gluten.
But, the more I read, the more I realized that I too was mildly gluten intolerant. As I did my research and discovered what gluten is and how it affects the human body, I found that a lot of the information I was reading applied directly to me too.
There is a long list of symptoms associated with gluten intolerance and as I read more, I saw that I experienced many of them myself. I had written them off as being unavoidable but, it turns out, they were the fault of gluten.
As my studies ended, I decided that I should try and eliminate gluten from my diet to see if I really was gluten intolerant. It wasn’t easy at first – gluten is everywhere! But as I discovered the sources of gluten and found gluten free alternatives, I weaned myself of gluten and started to feel better.
I was never super sensitive to gluten but I did suffer from uncomfortable bloating after eating things like bread and pasta, and sometimes felt tired and foggy brained.
Within a few days of eliminating most of the gluten from my diet, I noticed that I had suffered no weird bloating, I felt mentally sharper, and my energy levels were more stable. After a few weeks, I lost weight and inches without even trying. I realized that yes, I was gluten sensitive and cutting out gluten was doing me good!
Because of my very positive experience from giving up gluten, I really wanted to share my experiences and my research with the readers of Days to Fitness. I’ve produced several useful resources for you including:
What is gluten sensitivity ? – learn more about gluten and how it affects your body
Is gluten bad for you ? – find out more about gluten and its effects
How to find out if you are gluten intolerant – simple strategies for discovering if you have gluten issues
Gluten free recipes – lunch, dinner, dessert and kid’s recipes
Gluten free foods – a list of things to eat that are naturally gluten free
Gluten intolerance foods to avoid – if you are sensitive to gluten, don’t eat these foods!
What are the symptoms of celiac disease ? – a severe type of gluten intolerance you must know about
Over the last few months, gluten has become an important part of my life or, rather avoiding it has! I hope you’ll learn from my research and discover if you have a gluten-related problem. If you do, I also hope my articles help you to avoid gluten and start to feel better!