OK let’s be real, this Italian girl loves her pasta, bread and cheese! However, six years ago I decided to go gluten and dairy free to be proactive with my health. There are many gluten-free options out there, so many that actually taste close to the real thing. But I soon realized some gluten-free options were full of sugar and chemicals to make it more palatable. That’s when I decided to simply eat cleaner. If nature made it, I will eat it! Nothing from a box!
Going gluten free allowed me to gracefully decline bad foods at a party. It helped me avoid the typical question, “Are you on diet?” It also opens the doors for me to try new things and expand my carbohydrate choices.
Gluten is an inflammatory and the majority of us can benefit by cutting back on it. It no longer has the nutrients it once did when we were growing up. “Grandma’s bread” would sit on the counter and rise for nine hours. Not anymore! The factories skip this process and have condensed it to three hours. Breads these days are also full of pesticides and less nutrients, so why would you eat it on a daily basis?
Unfortunately many of us are conditioned to reach for the breads for breakfast and lunch. It may be a hard habit to break. But once you have discovered there are delicious and nutrient dense alternatives it will be easier to make the change and not go back.
Oatmeal for breakfast accompanied by a veggie omelette.
Sandwiches made with “lettuce wraps,” instead of bread.
Potatoes or rice for your carb at dinner.
You can have a gluten free day just by making these simple adjustments in your food choices.
Author: Jennifer Colon
Jennifer Colon is a 44 yr old wife & mother of two teenagers. After being an educator for 15+ yrs she decided to retire early, raise her children and Focus on her health. Certified in fitness & Nutrition, Jenn seeks adventure and fitness challenges that push her to the next level. Her goal in life is to inspire others to take care of themselves and promote self love!