Should I go gluten free?
There’s no reason to avoid gluten if you aren’t gluten sensitive or diagnosed with celiac disease. Some people mistakenly think that switching from gluten-based products to gluten free products will result in better health or weight loss. This isn’t necessarily true. Some gluten free foods are just as unhealthy as their gluten-full counterparts (think gluten free cupcakes and pizzas) and contain the same number of calories. That being said, switching from a highly refined carbohydrate diet to one that is more plant-based (swapping standard pasta for spiralized veggie noodles) can boost the nutritional profile of a meal and help fill you up with fewer calories.
How do i know if i'm gluten intolerant?
If you experience any of the following symptoms after eating wheat, rye or barley, there is a possibility you may have a sensitivity to gluten:
- Diarrhea most days or worse after eating foods containing gluten
- Severe bloating and or cramps after eating foods containing gluten
- Regular headaches or recurring migraines that are worse after eating gluten
- Constipation or irregular bowel movements