A common occurrence.
Peggy: 'I really want to eat healthy and lose weight so I’m going to give up gluten'.
Friday night: Well I can’t have my usual Friday night pizza because it contains gluten so I guess I’ll have fish and salad instead.
Saturday at the supermarket: Oh wow I can’t just grab my usual items I have to actually take my time, look at the ingredients list and be mindful about what I’m buying.
Monday at work: Oh great it’s muffin Monday in the tearoom, oh wait they have gluten so I can’t have one, I’ll grab a banana instead.
Wednesday lunch at the local cafe: Wow I don’t know what has gluten in it, so to be safe I’ll go with a chicken salad.
After 2 weeks Peggy is feeling great! Since going gluten free she has more energy, has less bloating and has lost some weight, clearly it works!
But were these results an outcome of not eating gluten or the outcome of:
Being more mindful of her food choices
Eating less processed foods
Putting more thought into planning her meals and snacks
Eating more fruit, veggies and minimally processed foods?
While it seems like going gluten free* helped Peggy feel great, it actually had nothing to do with the gluten at all and more to do with being more mindful of her food choices and eating more fruit, veggies and minimally processed foods.
No need to go gluten free. Be mindful of a well balanced diet and you can feel great too!
* Going gluten free is obviously recommended if you have an intolerance or Coeliac disease! :)