5 Gluten-free Diet Mistakes You MUST Avoid

5 Gluten-free Diet Mistakes You MUST Avoid

The gluten-free diet is an extremely strict diet.

Unlike most other diets which have a certain degree of laxity, the gluten-free diet does not have that luxury. Most of the people on the gluten-free diet are gluten intolerant.

Even a small amount of gluten in their diet will cause symptoms such as headaches, lethargy, rashes, mood swings, inflammation, etc. None of
these are worth writing home about and should be avoided.

Dont Make These Mistakes

They  can be avoided if gluten is avoided. Yet, many people make mistakes
and let gluten creep into their diet, either through ignorance or a
lack of will-power. This article will highlight 5 of the most common
mistakes that are made and how you should avoid them.

  1. The first mistake that most people make is to think that products that
    do not list gluten as an ingredient are automatically gluten-free.
    Unfortunately, this is not the case. Gluten creeps into many
    products indirectly and you can never be 100 percent sure unless you
    check.

Gluten is used as a stabilizing agent in many commercial food products. Yet,
since it is an agent and not a “food ingredient”, in many cases,
it is not mentioned on the label.

Even healthy foods such as vitamins and supplements have been found to
contain gluten.

To make matters worse, gluten need to not necessarily come in the form
of food. Soaps, creams, shampoos, lipsticks, deodorants, hair sprays
and other beauty products may contain gluten because of the wheat
germ oil that is often used in the manufacture of these products.

  1. Cross-contamination can happen at any time. Toasting gluten-free bread in a toaster that
    was used to toast normal bread will cause cross-contamination. You
    need to be watchful of the way your food is being handled and
    prepared. Cross-contamination often occurs in a household where one
    person is gluten intolerant and the rest are not.

Even the most well-meaning family members may make a mistake because it’s
always the small things that matter.

The devil is in the details.

By double dipping a bread knife in butter, they may have inadvertently
left tiny gluten containing crumbs in the butter. This is a very
common example.

  1. It always goes down first before it comes up. You must remember this.
    What does this mean? It means that when you first start the
    gluten-free diet, your body will react negatively. You will not feel
    good. You may feel sick. You may even suffer withdrawal symptoms and
    cravings.

You will be very tempted to throw in the towel and give up on the diet.
Don’t do that. You will recover from these negative effects. Your
body needs to adapt and re-adjust to the new diet.

You should recover in a few days and will come out feeling stronger,
healthier and a whole brand new you. You will also notice many
pre-existing conditions slowly dissipate and disappear.

  1. Another mistake that many people make is going gluten-free but not adopting
    a healthy, well-rounded diet. Remember, the gluten-free diet only
    has one rule. Avoid gluten. It doesn’t concern itself with micro
    and macro nutrients. You however, need to watch your diet.

You want to ensure that you are getting sufficient protein, fats, carbs,
vitamins and minerals… while remaining gluten-free.

  1. Don’t believe everything you read, especially food labels. There are major
    food companies that proudly display the words “Gluten-free” on
    their product. In reality, due to legal loopholes, products
    containing 20 parts per million gluten are referred to as
    gluten-free. This is the harsh reality of the world today where the
    dollar is more important than the consumer’s health.

Conclusion

Therefore, the onus is on you to make sure the food you eat really is
gluten-free. Keep a food journal and record down how you are feeling
that day. Over time, you will notice patterns emerging and it will be
easy to see what is affecting you. Then, you just need to tweak your
diet.

It will take time to achieve a completely gluten-free life. This will be
a challenge but rest assured that it is achievable and worth the
struggle.

 

 

 

 

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