One thing I’ve learned from food restrictions is sometime you just have to laugh at yourself and the situation you are in. So, here are some of my favorite gluten-free, real food, food humor, and Hey Girl pictures! Hope you laugh as hard as I have finding these images!
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One of the first questions skeptics raise about gluten sensitivity is whether or not there has been an actual increase, if gluten-free is only a temporary health fad, or if awareness is what is leading to more diagnoses and therefore the number of cases is not truly increasing.
Fifty years ago, one in 700 people were sensitive to gluten. A study now reveal that one in 100 people are reacting to gluten (1). Extensive research indicates this dramatic rise in gluten sensitivity is not only attributed to growing awareness and detection clinically but the food itself.
The gluten that is now eaten has been changed for many years and is not the same as it was for past generations. Processes of hybridization and deamination have created a “new wheat” and caused it to be inflammatory for humans to consume (1).
So, what is gluten and what is it doing to our bodies?
Gluten (glu-ten) was given its name for its glue-like properties. It is the main protein found in wheat and other grains, such as, rye, spelt, and barley.
The most commonly known and recognized reaction to gluten is Celiac disease, an autoimmune response that occurs in the small intestine after coming in contact with gluten and the body begins to attack healthy cells. This disease may be affecting up to one percent of the population.
Gluten sensitivity, on the other hand, is affecting a much greater percentage of the population and is any immune response to gluten. This has become known as non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).
Also, gluten can be connected to Leaky Gut Syndrome (intestinal permeability) by making the lining of the intestinal track more permeable that is, to have holes in it. The body is affected by the permeability when food particles are not fully digested and ‘leak’ from the digestion system into the bloodstream. Once any substance, not just gluten, crosses into the bloodstream, havoc can occur in one’s body from a variety of symptoms.
Many brain disorders, such as, schizophrenia, cerebellar ataxia, epilepsy, and autism, are also being linked to gluten. Many contributing factors in addition to gluten, including genetics and the environment, also play a role in mental illness (2).
Determining if a person is intolerant or sensitive to gluten can be a difficult process if the proper testing is not conducted. Standard testing has shown to be inconclusive because only a small portion of the gluten protein, alpha-gliadin, is being tested for when there are more than 100 different components of gluten that can provoke a reaction (3).
There are 12 components of wheat that cause immune responses most often. These components were identified by Cyrex Labs, which conduct five arrays of test to determine if a person is having some type of reaction to gluten.
An unforeseen issue with being gluten sensitive is cross-reactivity. Cross-reacting occurs when the body thinks another food is gluten and then reacts to it as if it were. This happens because the food’s molecular structure is very similar to gluten. There have now been twenty-four foods associated to cross-reactivity with gluten. The two most common foods are dairy and instant coffee (Cyrex Lab Array 4).
If you are thinking about how gluten may be affecting your body and want to remove it from your diet, remember that eating gluten-free food does not necessarily mean it is healthy or beneficial for your body. Processed gluten-free foods may have extra sweetener added to replicate the gluten version of the recipe, be high glycemic, and/or contain GMOs. There are many resources, recipes, and protocols to help you heal your digestion system.
Are there any health related topics you’d like to see broken down and written for teens? I’d love to have your input! Email me your suggestions at edibleattitudes (at) gmail (dot) com.
- Gluten Can Devastate Brain and Nervous System
- 6 Ways “Heart-Healthy” Whole Wheat Can Destroy Your Health
- Eating Gluten Increases the Need for Thyroid Hormones
- Modern Wheat – Old Diet Staple Turned into a Modern Health Nightmare
- What Type of Gluten Intolerance do You Have?
All of us are unique and experience different events in life. We build relationship and internalize our problems differently, and develop our own sense of humor. When it comes to food restrictions and health, one person’s problem may appear to be similar to another’s but the state of our bodies vary so much that similarity doesn’t mean the same.
Every person’s journey towards wellness is as unique as they are, and has the power to inspire others. What inspire us though, differs from person to person . We will sometimes form connections with people and they have the instant ability to encourage and inspire us. With that said, you never know when you can have that effect on others.
So, don’t be afraid to share your story. Please, please, please do not be that person who only talks about themselves but don’t keep your journey to yourself either. Talk to your friends by bringing parts of it in a conversation. Work it in casually, it doesn’t have to be forced but if the timing seems appropriate then go for it.
Don’t be ashamed of what you are going through because it is happening for a reason. Let people know about your story. You never truly know the power you posses to help and inspire others in their own journey. Even if you don’t see the effect you have on them know, you can’t predict the future and how your story may effect them then.
So go ahead! Share you story!
I would love to hear about your journey! You can email me at edibleattitudes (at) gmail (dot) com!
The past several months have been very busy, as always, and my health is fluctuated during this period. With this said, I though it would be good time to update you on my health and how I have been doing.
The biggest health problem in my life use to be joint inflammation. The daily pain was the reason why I first changed my diet over two and a half years ago. Through everything, the joint inflammation has not returned. I had a few scares when I thought it was flaring up again but, to my relief, it went away within a day or two.
This is blessing everyday that I tend to overlook. Two years ago, I struggled to play the sport I loved because of the pain and I would have laughed if you were to ask me if I seriously thought I would play softball in college. The softball season starts today and this is going to be my second high school season now with no pain! I also plan to play at the division three college I will be attending next year. It has been an incredible turn around that has opened many doors for me.
Although the main symptom has gone away and not returned, I still deal with other issues. Now, I don’t feel sick but I know I am. I am definitely not as healthy as I could be and still need to overcome the remaining issues, primarily being cystic acne and weigh gain.
My amazing mom has taken on researching and learning about the different reasons for the health issues each family member is dealing with. She decided it was time to have a DNA test run in December and we received the results in January. It revealed two mutations with the MTHFR gene. Like all gene mutation, just because I have doesn’t mean it is expressing itself and causing complication.
A complete metabolic blood test was also conducted around this time to better understand what was going on. Combing the test results with the knowledge of the MTHFR mutations, it is reasonable to say that the mutations are affecting my body through a series of chain reactions. The biggest impact has been on my liver. I struggle to detox and although a recent test has not been taken, I likely still have high heavy metal levels. Poor detoxification and liver functions can be connected to my issues with the acne, weight gain, popping joints when I move, almost color in my eyebrows, and poor absorption of vitamins.
Since knowing this, I have been careful with my diet. Although we frequently make minor changes to it, for the most part what I do not eat is all grains, nuts, dairy, and sugar. This leaves me with meat and eggs and most vegetables and fruits. The closest diet to this is Autoimmune Protocol. I am also taking additional supplements targeted to support my liver and methylation pathways.
Overall, I have made a few steps forward but have seemed to plateaued. I follow the rules and try to exercise several times a week in addition to managing my stress levels and getting enough sleep. I still mess up but I am not giving up. I have struggled mentally over that past several weeks as everything has begun to seem overwhelming. This is the hardest part for me. I have learned to control my actions, I still have to make daily decisions to control my thoughts, emotions, and attitudes.
My journey isn’t over yet but, by the grace of God, I will overcome this.
So much of my life revolves around the food I can and cannot eat because it affects my daily life. It is easy to get caught up in everything and believe that what I am eating has the capability of saving me.
Regardless if I am to overcome these health problems or not, which I do believe I will, God is good and sovereign. He has a plan for all of this, and He sent his Son to save and guarantee me an eternity with Him that doesn’t include suffering of any kind. See, I am already saved. I admitted my sins to God, and I am forgiven through the sacrifice of Jesus’ life. The perfect substitute for my brokenness. I don’t need food to save me and besides, it can’t.
Obviously, food is very important and I need to be eating well, but I often put too much emphasis on it. While food can help heal and protect my physical body, it cannot save my soul – which is far more important than my health. I will forget this though and rely on food to save me. God has the power and capability to save my soul and also to heal my body. Whether He uses diet or not is up to Him, it is out of my control.
I’m not going to stop eating beneficial foods though. Waiting for God does not mean not doing nothing. I can eat well. I can exercise. I can get enough sleep. The results are in God’s hands. God’s timing is not my timing, which can be frustrating beyond belief but probably a good thing because God has a plan (Mark 5:21-43). All I can do is pray to and trust God for healing and remember that food is not my Savior – Jesus is.
This post is part of: Wellness Wednesday
Time is going fast! Only a few more months before I graduate and I’ve begun to think about what recipes I am going to be able to make will I’m at college. The lists below have a few of my own selections but the rest have been compiled with the help of many amazing bloggers! They are all grain and dairy free also!
- Hot ‘N Creamy Pumpkin Flax Cereal
- Frittata Breakfast Muffins
- Shakshuka (Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce)
- Berry Coconut Breakfast Smoothie
- Grass-Fed Meat Vegetable Muffins
- Italian Pork Frittata
- Oven-Baked Pancakes
- Chickpea and Spinach Curry
- Favorite Roast Chicken
- Quick & Easy Fried Fish
- Roasted Chicken in a Slow Cooker
- Brazilian Garlikcy Collard Greens
- Easy Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja
- Butternut Squash Beef Chilli Stew
- Almond Crusted Chicken
- Lemon Oregano Chicken
- Ginger Chicken
- Roasted Hamburgers
- Sweet Potato Casserole
- Spinach Strawberry Salad
- Easy Salsa
- Chili Sweet Potato Fries
- Beet Chips
- Garlic Broccolini
- Honey Spiced Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Root Veggie Un-Recipes
- Sweet Potato Tots
- Creamy Cauliflower Sauce
- Easy Wilted Spinach
- Sweet Potato Patties
- Sweet Potato Apple Fennel Hash
- Watermelon Smoothie
- Lara Bars
- Choco-avocado Fruit Dip
- Tostones (Twice-Fried Green Plantains)
- Pumpkin Pie Spiced Baked Bananas or Plantains
Eating food on campus? Here are 30+ Tips for Building a Healthy Meal at the Dining Hall
Looking for more resources? Here are three of my favorite bloggers who are also college students!
- How We Flourish: Chole is a college student and real food, health, and environmental blogger.
- Economies of Kale: Liz is a PhD student and shares her tips for eating well and saving money all while being a college student.
- Empowered Sustenance: Lauren is a college age blogger who will be returning to campus next fall. She writes about healing your body and shares her gluten-free recipes.
- Rubies & Radishes put together a 60+ Paleo Recipe Round Up and each has five or less ingredient.
Dreams are powerful things. They can drive our actions and determine our attitudes. They have to power to crush us and to motivate us.
With softball season starting soon, it would be fair to say it is on my mind a lot. Bear with me through this sports analogy!
As kid with food restrictions, you may be familiar with the feeling of being held back because of your health and diet. It is time to take responsibility for your health and step into the batter’s box. Don’t let your health problems hold you back as your dreams pass by you. Yes, life is going to throw you some curve balls and change-ups and an occasional out of control rise ball will come flying toward your head but it all about how you handle it.
You can either drop the bat and get out of the box because you are too afraid to swing or you can stay in it, being smart enough to get out of the way of the pitches about to hit you, but still swing. Every now and then, you can’t get out of the way of a wild pitch in time and it will hurt and leave a mark but then you get to go to first base. Good things can come from hard times depending on your attitude and if you are looking for the positive instead of the negative.
Your dreams don’t have to be dreams, they can be a reality. They will take work to achieve and require you to get into the batters box though. Take the risks, live life to the fullest, and make your dreams a reality. Don’t waste your life by just going through the motions. The pitcher winds up and the pitch is coming in hot. Are you going to get out of the box or are you going to crush it out of the park?
I have followed the rules of my diet for over 2 ½ years now. I’ve cheated along the way and definitely have not be perfect but I’ve basically always followed the rules.
The rules have changed though and sometimes pretty frequently. For two months it may have be okay to eat fruit and the next three it may not have be. Often, I would create other rules for myself, such as, how often to rebound, to avoid certain hair products because of the chemicals, or stop painting my nails because it promotes estrogen dominance.
All of these other rules were good and helped my body but they would overwhelming at times. Rules. Constant rules. When I’d break one of my own rules, I’d feel like I was letting myself down which, at times, was almost worse then letting down others.
For Christmas and my birthday this year, I received a few new bottles of nail polish. I was grateful but disappointed because I knew I wouldn’t be able to use them because of my no nail polish rule. I’ve been staring at those bottles for a few weeks now. I was tempted to paint my nails but I refused to let myself down by breaking that rule.
When I told my mom she told me to just do it. See, all those rules can weigh you down and cause you to not enjoy the little things in life. It is very important to take responsibility of your health and to care for your body but when the little rules consume you and cause stress, then it is likely the rules, or treatment, are causing more harm than good.
I need follow my diet and most of my own rules but not painting my nails was an extra thing that I was never told specifically not to do. I’m taking care of my body and doing almost everything I know how to so I’ve decided that it is okay to paint my nails and enjoy breaking this little rule for a week and when it starts to chip I will take it off right away.
Is there anything in your life like this?
Out of curiousity, I looked up synonyms for restriction. A few of the words I found were constraint, limitation, restraint, and confinement.
Those words were how I would have defined food restrictions for nearly two years. On the surface these words are true. Food restrictions and elimination diets limit and restrain you from doing things giving you a feeling of confinement.
Now think about it for a minute. Are food restrictions really restrictive? No, they are freedom. Freedom from health problems and the affect they have on your life.
They may prevent you from doing things now and you may feel held back at times, but in the long-term by dealing with these issues and healing your body you are gaining freedom.
When I realized this, I had this mind-blown moment. This is so true but sadly not how we often view them. Our perspective of food restrictions affects our attitude which in turn affects our actions. Remember the freedom you are getting in the long-term over the constraint you have for short-term, and you will find your perspective, attitude, and actions changing.
Print the picture below to hang up as a daily reminder.
If you are dealing with health problems as a teenager, then you know how hard it is. I don’t have to remind you because you know from experience. If you are like I was then sometimes you can’t stand your parents for making you eat a certain way or get upset when you have to do certain things that they think will help you. There are times you eat what you aren’t suppose to when you leave home and then deny that it makes you sick. Maybe you are angry that you have to deal with these issues and rather not address them by tackling them head on.
But guess what, it is time to step and deal with your problems. Enough of the whining and the complaining and expecting others to do everything for you. It is your body, not your parents’ or your doctor’s – yours! You want to be healthy? You want to live your life without your health holding you back? Great! Then step up and take control of your health.
Taking responsibility for your health means that you research and understand what you are going through. It is shown by being self-motivated, following your diet in and out of your home, helping with cooking, and having a positive attitude.
You are a teenager, an official adult in only a few years. You are old enough to understand consequences, see the big picture, and have an affect on the dreams and goals for your life. This also means you are old enough to know that the consequences of not addressing your health could have a detrimental affect your goals and dreams.
Some day, you will move out of your house and not have your parents around to tell you want to do and eat. You will be on your own soon and will have to make smart and responsible decisions. Your parents wanting you to have a healthy life is not enough. You have to want it too. If you start to make good choices now and create a healthy lifestyle then it will be much easier when you are independent.
I learned this through my own experiences. I went through the motions and followed my diet restrictions as minimally as I could for a year and half. I was angry and upset, and I really didn’t like any part of what I was doing. I’m not saying that I love my food restrictions now, but once I figured out why I was changing my diet and decided that no one could heal my body but me was when my attitude changed. I truly believe that our attitudes shape our actions. The first time I fully committed to regaining my health was when I changed my attitude and took responsibility and there has been no stopping me since.
I’m going to say one more time. It is your body, your health, and your life – not anyone else’s. Time to take responsibility.