Benefits of wheat free diet
It can be overwhelming to discover you or a family member have an intolerance to gluten or wheat products. Living with a food intolerance can be very uncomfortable. The benefits of wheat free diet are significant and may improve your quality of life from low to go. Find out why it simply makes sense to change to a gluten free diet.
Why change to a gluten free diet?
Perhaps a medical or health practitioner has suggested the
change. Maybe you have a member of the family who has an
intolerance or allergy. Or it may be as simple as a ‘gut
instinct’, urging you to explore ways to feel better in your body.
You may be thinking a transition to being gluten free will be tricky. Are you wondering if you’ll be deprived of your favourite foods? Is gluten free cooking cooking complicated? Will your family like gluten free recipes? It might seem like a lot of effort to give up wheat and for what result? What are the benefits of a wheat free diet?
Going wheat or gluten free can tremendously enhance your quality of life. Countless people suffer needlessly from the consequences of gluten intolerance, enduring a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. Relief may come easily through altered food habits – and you won’t know until you try.
See going gluten free as a nutritional experiment - a research project in which you are the star! Usually it takes 3-6 weeks without any wheat or gluten products to notice improvement, but some people feel better within a couple of days.
What are the benefits of a wheat free diet?
There are multiple benefits of enjoying a gluten free or wheat free diet.
Going wheat or gluten free is a great opportunity to increase whole food variety in your diet. Modern processed foods, (the ones in packets), often made with a few basic refined, over-processed and adulterated ingredients, especially wheat and corn. Whole vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts, seeds and lean meats have more nutritional goodness than refined products. They contain the vitamins and minerals.
* Eating healthier food can actually cost less, especially if you eat more seasonal vegetables. Plus you will literally get more value in nutrients per mouthful, than processed snacks and meals.
* Your body will thank you for it. Unpleasant symptoms may vanish, cravings can disappear, and many people find the kilos dropping away. Alex, one of my Shiatsu clients remarked that her lifelong problems with chronic constipation, bloating and diarrhea vanished when she gave up wheat. Jane, a woman in one of our healthy cooking classes, lost at least 5 kilos within three months of changing to a gluten free diet.
* Your family will be blessed by your newfound passion in the kitchen. Get the kids involved in making some of the healthier sweet treats, and you’ll be sure to convert the skeptics. Jane’s teenage grandson is celiac and has been discovering a new interest in cooking. He has become an expert at making gluten free breakfast recipes especially smoothies!
How to make gluten free easy
* Become a label reading detective. Even better is to reduce your intake of packet products and increase your use of wholefoods. Introduce one new ingredient and recipe into your repertoire at a time. Take it gently.
* Make big batches of dips like hummus, soups, and main meals in the weekend. Freeze in meal sized portions.
* Keep extra loaves of gluten free bread sliced in the freezer. Toast it when you need it.
* Pre-soak your breakfast grains: we soak our yummy Bircher muesli the night before. If you feel like a hot grain, soak the grain (like quinoa) over night, and pop the pot on to boil when you get up. Soaking grains overnight in the pot will make cooking the next day faster.
* One way to make lunch box prep easy is to do it the night before. You may like to make extra dinner and take some for lunch the next day.
* Containers of natural yoghurt with fresh fruit alongside are good choices for work.
* Canned salmon or tuna with avocado on top of a big green salad is sustaining and won’t weigh you down, plus you get those healthy brain omega oils.
* Try to keep a stash of snack food for the inevitable times when you’re out and can’t buy something good to eat. Nuts and seeds are one option. Boiling eggs in the morning is a good idea, plus containers of hummus with lots of dipping veggies.
* A gluten free diet for children is achievable. Let them help you in the kitchen make fruit and nut bliss balls, and bake gluten free muesli bars or cookies for school. Encourage them to help you find their special gluten free treats at the supermarket or health food store.
The most important benefits of a wheat free diet are the increase physical comfort and the growth of your creative cookery skills. Try a new recipe today!