Is gluten intolerance a hoax? As our main food group in the food pyramid consisted of wheat, until just recently, American’s consume a lot of it because its healthy, right? Well, in moderation, and for some people not at all. When an ingredient such as wheat or gluten is in everything, from breads, to marinara sauce, to fillers for meats, you may have to start thinking about the ingredient as a ticking time bomb for your gut; especially when its combined with high fructose corn syrup (hfcs). Consuming either or both ingredients, gluten and hfcs, causes our body to react with an inflammatory response. Gluten acts like glue and hfcs goes straight to our liver where it cannot be processed, so it is turned into fat. If tons of foods we eat have one or both ingredients in our breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks our gut flora severely diminishes and we cannot lose weight. In turn, we are left feeling like either what we aren’t doing or doing a lot of on the porcelain throne.
When your body has a ton of inflammation, you bloat, you may have symptoms of IBS, you experience foggy brain, and you may become irritable and/or fatigued. Since Ciliac dis ease has become more common, the branding of “Gluten Free” has arrived. I am pro labeling; however, I do not agree with products labeled and sold as “GF” that have a ton of sodium and sugars to maintain the convenience eating addiction. What taking gluten out of your diet really means is getting back in the kitchen and taking ownership of what goes into your body. You will find more recipes full of vegetables and quality meats, and you will definitely be eating less processed foods and refined sugars. In theory, eating a more whole foods diet will make you feel like a million bucks. You also will spend less, if not now, than in future medical costs. If this soap box stand is getting too much for you, allow me to shift gears.
My clients weight makes it difficult for her to exercise and so, she has told herself time and time again, I just need to lose some weight before I start exercising. She has tried everything on the market to help her shed pounds and nothing has really worked. Her inner voice had affirmed that she can’t do anything and ultimately she had given up on herself. Fortunately, she was open to a complimentary coaching session. After just one 45 minute session, I had noticed a sense of relaxation wash over her, and all I had done was listen to her story. In our first coaching session, we talked about all the things that were coming up for her. I observed that she really wanted to lose weight and was desperate for relief from her ailments. The first challenge we worked on was motivating her to drink more water. Flushing her body of impurities and really hydrating her body was our top priority. Gifting her with a 64oz. water bottle, she got to work and was drinking well over her 64oz. goal. During our follow up session, she remarked that she was feeling hydrated but, was still having issues with her digestion. I suggested trying a gluten elimination diet for 3 weeks. I sensed hesitation from her which is understandable. I myself had a love affair with bread, but I reassured her I would be advocating for her every step of the way.
Today is day ELEVEN of no gluten for my client. She tells me every day how AMAZING she feels! She loves not having to rush home to use the restroom, she is not experiencing bloating, and she has not had any headaches. I can tell my client is hooked on feeling good. Her sports bra fits her more comfortably, and her pants are not as tight. She feels motivated to drink more water, and has started walking at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes. The greatest moment for me, was when she told me she was getting the hang of cooking and starting to enjoy it. She let me know that the first week of no gluten was really hard for her. She didn’t know what foods did or didn’t have gluten, and she was still trying to maintain her convenient eating habits. In our second session, I provided her a grocery store tour. Together we found easy flavorful recipes that she and her family would enjoy. After we created the food list, we went to her local grocery store. Starting out at the produce section was crucial and from there we went through each aisles (avoiding some), reading labels, and getting her to realize how affordable eating healthy can be. My client posted a brilliant photo the other day that exemplifies the transformation that is occurring within her. Before, she would eat take-out at least 3-4 times a week. Now she wants the good stuff and only the good stuff nourishing her. You see, it just starts with one small shift, and from there you and your body can transform.