Gluten Free

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The Gluten Summit
Up until recently I didn’t even give gluten a thought. First, I wanted know what exactly is gluten and where does it come from? Also, how do you know if you have a problem eating foods with gluten?

What I found out so far was that many common foods have gluten, such as wheat, barley and rye based products. The list also includes corn, rice and oats. That would include breads, pasta and flour based foods. I’m finding out gluten is in almost everything we eat and the American diet is loaded with it!
I have also found that there are many diseases that can be linked to eating gluten: 
Here is a list:
Alzheimer’s, Type 1 Diabetes, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Obesity, Thyroid Disease, Fibromyalia, Depression, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity Heart Disease, Bipolar, Some Forms of Epilepsy, Psoriasis, Recurring Skin Problems That Also Include Horrible Acne in Children, ADHD.

Symptoms of gluten intolerance can include:
Headaches or migraines, stomach pains, sore joints, feeling run down and fatigued, brain fog, sometimes feeling dizzy, or depressed, skin problems, getting sick often. Any ONE of these symptoms can be due to eating gluten. Do any of these symptoms seem like you or someone you love?

Although not everyone has symptoms when they eat gluten, researchers have linked many diseases to gluten. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist but we should all learn about gluten.

Do you want to live as healthy and as happy and drug free for the rest of your life. 
I know I do! Maybe going gluten-free can help. 

-----Life is too short not to feel your best at any age!-----

I’m just starting to recover from eating gluten. I ended up with two autoimmune diseases. I could end up with more autoimmune diseases just by continuing to eat gluten. I had no idea the damage gluten was doing to my brain and body. The good news is I can reverse most of it just by changing my diet.

I signed up for The Gluten Summit. It’s a FREE online Webinar
about gluten and it starts on Nov. 11-17, 2013.  This is all new information that is coming out about gluten!!! Who wants to be sick and tired all the time??? 
I know I don’t!

There is more good news about not eating gluten besides being free of health issues. Did you know gluten makes you fat? Stop eating gluten for a few weeks and the pounds will melt away without any exercise. 
Now that’s a good thing.

(I am not a doctor. This is all just good advice I‘m offering.)

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Unknown said...

Hi Dee,
Thanks a lot for sharing this very interesting and informative post on Creative Monday. I am very disciplined when it comes on to resisting eating things that make me ill. I have had to make several changes in my diet lately and I am adjusting quite well. Take care and have a great week.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm so glad you're making the necessary changes you need, Dee. Stay well. I have a friend who can't eat gluten.

Becky said...

Thank you Dee. Do you know if gluten is akin to high fructose corn syrup, as in is it an additive? Or is it naturally in the foods it's found in?

Calypso In The Country said...

I have a few friends who can't tolerate gluten. I am glad to hear you are learning about it and taking a proactive approach to your health. Keep us posted. Take care - Shelley

Anonymous said...

really interesting info, it seems quite prevalent, gluten sensitivity, take care,

sandy said...

HI Dee,
coincidentally, I went to Whole Foods today and bought the ingredients to make my own gluten-free bread. I will post the outcome after I've made it, lol wish me luck! I've never made it before but wanted to try it and see what all the talk about gluten-free is. :)

Savannah Granny said...

Dee, Thank you for this informative post. I am going over to sign up for the seminar. Thank you so much. Have a blessed week, Ginger

Claire Justine said...

Hi, thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, I need to eat more healthier and try the gluten free diet, I am so bad with sweet thing though...

Giancarlo said...

Un ottimo consiglio. Buon inizio settimana...ciao

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this! I'm so sorry you have been ill! I plan to watch this because I have so many friends that are gluten free now.

Michelle Liew said...

I was invited to this and will now give it a go! Thanks for sharing!

Donna Wilkes said...

This article is so true. My cardiologist has me on a strict diet with NO grains at all. I have lost weight and most importantly lowered my blood sugar levels to the point I am now only using a fourth of the diabetic meds.

Little Miss Maggie said...

Gluten is the biggest threat to our health due to our western diet and lifestyle. I applaud you for going gluten free. We should all strive to achieve this and maybe the food manufacturers would stop poisoning us. Glad you figured out what was making you ill.

Jan said...

It's amazing how many people I've met in the last couple of years who have experienced such an improvement in their health after switching to gluten-free ingredients. Thankfully, more and more gluten-free products are showing up at the supermarket. -- Jan

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Thank you for sharing this info, Dee. Going to a gluten-free diet has been a life changer for me, though it isn't easy to do. The hardest thing is visiting friends/ family and they just don't understand how many things have gluten hidden in them, so they think they are offering "gluten-free" food, when in reality, it isn't. Have had terrible migraines and flu-symptoms for a week afterwords. No fun! I'm glad you have found what is causing your illnesses and are able to do something about it. ♥

The Polka Dot Closet said...

So glad you are finding a way to feel better and reverse your illness! My son had a gluten allergy as a child and grew out of it, his father had Celiacs disease. In those days I had to look for recipes and they were hard to find, now you have a whole section of ready made gluten free foods, what a blessing that is. Good luck on your journey to recovery!


New Jersey Memories said...

Thanks for the information. I might have to try getting a gluten intolerance test!

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Art and Sand said...

When I eliminated flour and other starches from my diet, I lost weight easily. The minute I began eating bread again, the weight started creeping back on. I need to get back to the healthier diet.

Eclectically Vintage said...

I heart carbs - bread, potatoes - but when I eat too much - I am sleepy and want more and more - it's a definite addiction.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I'm so glad you stopped by today...I'm gluten free and was diagnosed with Fibromyalga..not sure I spelled that right...but I found out through a blood test that I'm intolerant to gluten, eggs, oats, rice, dairy, yeast, potatoes...I went off of everything and feeling doctor said that all of this was created from the gluten...we genetically change our wheat in the USA and it is creating havoc!

Anonymous said...

This is so informative. I've really been thinking about making changes for a healthier body since being hospitalized with an illness this summer. You've given some great information here about gluten. Thanks for sharing!

KimMalk said...

I've been eating gluten free primarily for a couple of months. I haven't noticed big changes, but I feel healthier. Good luck, there are a lot of options these days.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks, Dee. I will definitely check it out. I'm sick and tired, of being
sick and tired! GREAT information!

ANNE said...

I'm so glad you wrote about this, so many people are unaware of what is causing symptoms like you noted. And the solution is so simple!

Have a great day!

Debbiedoos said...

I am hearing more and more about this. Gluten is just not good for us, and it is in sooooo many of the foods we eat!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I think the main problem is that gluten is added to a lot of food. For example, gluten is added to bread to make it rise better, to make it softer and lighter. So even if naturally gluten is in certain levels already present in grains, what makes it worst is that they add more to it, which is not good for us. I believe all things in moderation, unfortunately the food industry does not get that

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh Dee this all makes perfect sense. I'm not sure I could totally do gluten free but I should certainly give it a try. Thank you for all the information. Food for thought for sure.

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Thanks for sharing this! I'm so sorry you have been ill hope you are better now! I plan to watch this because I have a lot of friends that are gluten free now. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new post for the guys. hoping you are having a wonderful weekend God Bless.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I rarely eat gluten. I think gluten is from Satan!
I was having some terrible issues, and I have a mast cell disorder I think was caused from eating gluten.

There are so many wonderful gluten-free options out there now….Have you tried the Cup 4 Cup flour? It's a bit expensive, but so worth it.

I hope you're feeling better, Dee.

Katherines Corner said...

great post very informative,Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. ♥

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I'm sorry you've been so sick Dee, but glad you found the source of it. I went wheat free a couple months ago and most days feel so much better. I fell off the bandwagon over Thanksgiving though, and am really feeling the effects today...bad headache, body aches, lethargy and fatigue.

I have tried Einkorn wheat, which is the original biblical wheat before it was so genetically modified. I have tolerated that well. It won't make fluffy white sandwich bread we Americans are so used to, but it makes a delicious, heavier bread! It doesn't seem to bother me like regular flour does.

Glad you are back and hope you continue to enjoy good health!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

reading thru your recent posts and saw this one and had to comment. my daughter stopped eating gluten and dairy, going on a mostly paleo eating plan. She lost over 100 pounds in a year and a half and all her vital reading are excellent. She has convinced us all to follow at least a gluten free lifestyle. Even Dr Oz and Dr Weil said the other day on TV to stop eating sugar and flour products! Europe does not have the problem we have becuz they have not GMO'd their food to have excessive gluten in it.


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