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How To Eat Gluten Free Naturally


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Eating “gluten free” started years ago as a dietary necessity for those suffering from celiac disease and other gastrointestinal ailments. Well, truthfully, gluten-free eating dates back thousands of years to when our ancestors ate a paleo style diet. With today’s gluten-free individuals having such great success, it didn’t take long for it to turn into a weight loss craze! In fact, gluten-free eating has taken the world by storm. Gluten-free products line supermarket shelves and restaurants now feature many gluten-free menu items (some even offering entire gluten-free menus). Gluten-free food is an industry that has exploded and one that is highly profitable for manufacturers. Are you thinking about adopting a gluten-free lifestyle for health reasons but aren't sure where to begin? We're here to share with you today that there are plenty of ways to avoid breaking the bank on specialty food items by eating gluten-free naturally!

The truth is, avoiding gluten in our daily diets is much easier than we are led to believe. Manufactured gluten-free products can include cereals, breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, and candy bars - just to name a few. The list actually goes on, and on, and on. Purchasing these specialty foods can be quite expensive and these foods also aren't always ones that support a healthy diet and lifestyle. Simply, purchasing foods of this type aren't always necessary and should be done sparingly rather than regularly. Many foods are naturally gluten-free and don’t stretch our waistlines or our wallets!    

Proteins

Most protein sources such as poultry, beef, pork, seafood, eggs, and dairy are naturally free of gluten. The problem tends to arise when we choose processed meats such as sausage, some types of burger patties, pre-marinated meats, cured meats, and certain deli meats. These can contain gluten as binding agents and in the form of marinades and spices. Sticking to pure, whole protein sources is a sure way to avoid gluten.

Vegetables

Fresh veggies are naturally gluten-free and are packed full of fiber and vitamins! This food group is a gluten-free-eater’s dream! Be cautious of vegetables that have been battered and fried (e.g., tempura zucchini). Often times, these fried vegetables are coated in a gluten-containing batter or breading.  

Fruits  

All fruits are naturally gluten-free! Similarly to vegetables, you'll want to stick to whole, fresh fruits with no added sweeteners or preservatives. If you're purchasing canned fruits always try to opt for options that are canned in water (not syrup) and check the can label for any indication of gluten-containing ingredients or potential cross-contamination.

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Healthy Fats

Similarly to fresh products, fats usually are not gluten-containing in their natural, pure form. Avocados, olive oils, coconut oils, nuts, and seeds are all great options that keep you in the clear if you’re avoiding gluten and provide you with a dose of healthy fats.

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Carbohydrates

As you can see, the problem with gluten doesn’t lie in the main food categories because most naturally occurring foods are already gluten-free. This is good news for those who are looking to compliment their gluten-free lifestyle with a healthy diet based in whole foods. The problem occurs when we focus on a diet rich in carbohydrates and processed foods. You will find gluten in most breads, pastas, crackers, baked goods and even in some marinades, spices and condiments. By avoiding these products altogether, you can be sure to avoid gluten in your diet without great trouble (or great expense). Notice, we still haven’t needed any of those fancy-shmancy gluten-free products at the grocery store yet.

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Just because many processed carbohydrate-heavy products contain gluten doesn't mean there aren't any carb options that areSo what carbohydrates ARE safe? I’m glad you asked. There are many, and a lot of them are whole grains which is an added bonus! Quinoa, corn, rice, millet, beans, lentils and potatoes top the list. By simply avoiding most processed carbohydrates, our diet is almost always naturally free of gluten!

If you do happen to get the occasional craving for bread, pasta, or crackers, but still want to keep it gluten-free, your local grocery store likely has many options! Just look for a gluten-free label or marking on the packaging. The good news is that the development of gluten-free products has come a long way in the past decade; making it easier than ever to find delicious gluten-free alternatives to many different foods. 

We hope that this post has calmed any fears or misconceptions about avoiding gluten. It can be very easy, inexpensive, and sometimes you're actually eating gluten-free without even knowing it or meaning to! By sticking to fresh, whole foods rich in vitamins and free of heavy processing, you will find yourself on the way to a new healthy lifestyle. For those who are also trying to lose weight, talk to a Coach at Metabolic Research Center to learn more about weight loss menus that are formulated for gluten-free diets. Click here to learn more and connect with an MRC Team near you today!

 

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