Everyone wants to create a better space in your life. Many people choose a healthy lifestyle as a way to do this. According to statisticbrain.com, three of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions are health related. Not surprisingly, a larger number of people each year are trying a gluten-free lifestyle. Should you try gluten-free? Is it really worth the hassle?
Try “RENTING” the gluten-free lifestyle for one month
Once I heard a speaker talk about “renting” an idea. What a great in between for those who don’t want to necessarily commit, but are interested in trying it out. “Renting” an idea is the process of setting up for success for a short period of time, a trial period so to speak, to find out if what you are trying out is something you want to pursue further. Think of renting an idea like going on a first date: if it doesn’t work out, then you can always try another one!
Is Gluten-Free for you?
There are many benefits for leading a gluten-free lifestyle BUT ONLY IF YOU HAVE AN INTOLERANCE OR ARE POSITIVE FOR CELIACS DISEASE. Many people will tout the benefits of a gluten-free lifestyle such as more energy, a feeling of well-being and weightloss. Weightloss is an easy take because as you become gluten-free you aren’t able to access that lovely refillable container of fluffy white bread at restaurants, the boxes of aromatic wheat-based pastries and buying and eating those box of very yummy Oreos every week.
You may be a good candidate for gluten-free living if:
- After eating gluten-free for one month, your digestive system feels better. My realization that I wasn’t going to bed with the heating pad on my stomach and that I hadn’t drank mugs and mugs of ginger tea was a BIG TIPOFF for me that gluten was a bad guy for my system.
- You feel that you have more energy. Why would you have more energy from eating less? When you eat a food group that your body has trouble digesting, your body is working really hard to process that food, hence you are overall feeling more tired because your body has X amount of energy and your body has to take that energy away from another system to digest your food.
- Your (eh-hem) bowel movements become regular and normal. Yup, we are digging into the grossness of gluten sensitivity now. I realized that when I eliminated gluten, my daily battle with constipation went away within a few days. This alone will make you feel way better!
- You feel better “all over”. Besides having more energy, your feeling an overall sense of better well-being. When your body doesn’t have to work so hard processing an undigestible food, your body can work on balancing out other systems that may need repair.
- Sleeping better. If you eat gluten before bed, your bound to wake up at night. Waking up, even partially, can create a large sleep deprivation over a period of just days. Compound this into weeks, and you’ve got yourself a run-down and tired body to deal with day in and day out. This also contributes to #2 You feel like you have more energy.
So ‘RENT OUT’ the gluten-free idea for 4 weeks and see how you feel. Do a good job following the gluten-free diet and you’ll soon figure out if going gluten-free works for you. If not, then order up that fluffy white bread at dinner! Just don’t wonder where those extra pounds came from!