You don’t have to be a very long time reader of The Poorganic Life to pick up on the fact that I LOVE BREAD. I’m pretty sure that every recipe that I’ve posted has flour in it, but I know that there are increasing numbers of people who cannot tolerate gluten.
My friend and fellow blogger, Shelly, from My Coupon Teacher recently switched to a gluten free diet WHILE maintaining her strict grocery budget, so she’s agreed to write a little guest post sharing her story. I hope you will ask her any questions you have, and check out her blog where she features lots of poorganic and food-allergy related coupons.
I was recently re-diagnosed with a chronic health condition. Some of you know the kind. The kind where they suggest you change your diet. “Stop eating acidic foods,” they say. They offer you medicine to help the pain. They say, “Oh, you poor thing” and send you on your way.
Being the teacher I am, I headed straight for the books. I found some of my own treatments, and some even worked really well. But the problem was still there. Another book said to try gluten-free, but I just couldn’t bring myself to go that “extreme”.
Back at the doctor, I found out that I had a vitamin D deficiency. If you google vitamin D deficiency, Celiac disease comes up pretty quickly in the results.
I think all things happen for a reason, so I decided to give it try. I also picked up another book called Wheat Belly, which I recommend as reading for anyone with similar health problems.
4 months later and gluten-free, I am pain free, 25 pounds lighter, and feel much better. Am I sure it was the gluten? In a word, no. Could it be the fact that removing gluten from my diet removed many, many processed foods too? Probably, yes.
Is it for everybody?
I am not a doctor. I am not recommending everyone try eating gluten-free. I’m just sharing my experience here! If you have any type of auto-immune disease or inflammation, I would highly recommend trying it out for 3 weeks.
I can tell you that now that I am feeling better (and gluten-free) that I have been able to reintroduce tomatoes and other more acidic foods back into my diet with no problems.
Is it Poorganic?
It depends on how you go about going gluten-free. There are two ways to do it in my opinion:
- Go gluten-free and search around finding gluten-free alternatives to your favorite breads, pastas, and cookies. (Not Poorganic)
If you are eating processed food without wheat, it is still processed food. Oh, and as for being inexpensive? You can give up that dream. You can expect pay twice as much or more for your gluten-free processed foods.
- Go gluten-free and replace bread, pasta, and snacks with vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
Is that not the whole point of eating pooranically? I can tell you for sure, I would not have lost the weight if I had done option #1. The weight lose comes from taking this step. Think about it. If you stop buying processed foods, you have lots of money left for veggies, fruits, and nuts.
Are you gluten-free? What caused you to try it? What’s your favorite gluten free meal?