Everyone is constantly on a journey toward better health, even us! A couple of years ago, when Ann found out she had a sluggish thyroid, she also learned that it would be wise to remove most grains and gluten from her diet. She discovered that there is a connection between thyroid function and grain and gluten intake. While it took her several weeks to notice a major change, she did see the fullness in her face thin down and she found it easier to lose a few pounds.
Another interesting note regarding the unusual effects of gluten was found when Paul joined Ann in removing gluten from his diet—just to support her. He didn’t think he would notice any obvious changes. But, Ann soon realized that she could sleep better, because she was no longer awakened by Paul’s snoring!
There are hundreds of symptoms of gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity that affects a large percentage of the population. They go through life with health issues never realizing that gluten in the foods they are eating may be the culprit. A simple diet adjustment can vastly improve one’s health – even when on the Hallelujah Diet.
There is no valid test for gluten intolerance. The least expensive and most effective method of identifying if you are sensitive is through an “elimination diet.” All you have to do is stop consuming gluten products such as pastas, wheat or white breads, buns, bagels, etc. and any other gluten-containing products for 4-6 weeks.
If you find a significant improvement in your symptoms and just “feel” better, then you likely have determined a connection. Next, you decide if you want to continue eating foods that contain gluten. There are no nutrients in gluten-filled products that can’t be found in other products.
Consider including alternative grains such as quinoa, millet and buckwheat into your diet. You may be surprised at their unique and tasty flavors. These grains are easy to prepare and will serve as enjoyable replacements for the all-to-familiar wheat products that we have so easily migrated to.
Gluten-free food products are getting easier to find on the grocery store shelves. But, buyers beware, many of them have sugar, salt, and fat as added flavor enhancers. Don’t forget to read the labels!