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Being diagnosed as a Celiac has changed my life... in a good way! I feel healthier now than ever before. I've shed weight, increased the intensity of my work outs, added muscle, and leaned-up tremendously. Screw gluten!!!
Since my transformation, friends and family have encouraged me to write a book and I am half way through it actually.
Are there any other Celiac's out there who have a success story to share. I want to incorporate some other testimonials to educate the rest of the world about the wonders of a gluten-free world.
You can PM me if you don't feel like sharing with the whole forum.
Nearly 20 years ago, I did a study on all of the new Fat-Free food items that were infiltrating the marketplace. The "likes" of Entemann's suddenly had fat-free cookies/brownies/coffee cake. Consumers flocked to these items, because "hey, they are fat free and I can eat as many as I want..... Right?".
Well, they may have been fat free but those carbs can easily add a Michelin tire to anyone's waist line.
Keep this little scenario in mind the next time you go shopping. Just because the cookies, chips, bread, pasta, cereal, granola bars, snack bars, side dishes, and appetizers say "GLUTEN FREE"... it doesn't necessarily mean that it won't pack on the pounds.
Instead, start shopping more in the "golden horseshoe" of the store (the perimeter): produce, dairy, meat, deli, etc. There are plenty of wholesome foods there.
Why do I have a "sneaking suspicion" that you are buying plenty of packaged gluten-free goods from the middle of the store?
I am just stating a fact. I attend two major Vegetarian trade shows each year (and have done so for the past 10+ years). Dozens upon dozens of healthy eating people who eat wholesome low protein diets walk the show floor. A VAST majority of the attendees and exhibitors look "run down". (Pale skin, dark circles under their eyes, fine hair, not-so-white eyes)
I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or dietitian... but could the lack of protein be the culprit? Just wondering. And this IS a forum, so please chime in.
Don't get me wrong, you don't need to eat meat to get a few good sources of protein. There are plenty of other options, but higher protein is essential to feel good. Some people actually opt for a gluten-free protein shake (rather than caffeine) as a pick-me-up and it works.
The Boy Scouts taught me some of the basics that I still use to this day. With that said, bring along a roll of aluminum foil. Stop at a farmers market/produce stand and load up on the usual suspects (potatoes, onions, celery, mushrooms, spices). Stop at a club store (SAM'S or Costco) and grab a bag of frozen fish fillets.
The fillets are individually wrapped and if you keep them in a refrigerated cooler, they will defrost in 24-48 hours (depending on the amount of ice you have).
Make the Boy Scout pouch with a little olive oil, the thawed fish and the veggies. Bring along those dried spices that I talk about all of the time! Put it next to the fire or on a grill and you'll be ready to eat in about 30 minutes.
Cut open the pouch and eat right from it! You'll get your protein from the fish, essential good fats from the olive oil, and carbs from the potatoes.
Hmmmm.... Why am I not seeing any major protein sources in your diet? Granted, you'll get some protein from the peanuts and almond. But, your body needs protein to build muscle, look healthy, and operate correctly.
If you are a vegetarian (I didn't see anything in your signature), then you'll need to find some meat free protein sources.
If you're carnivorous, it's time to put some lean animal protein on your plate morning/noon/night.
Eggs, LF Chicken sausages, Turkey Patties, Chicken Breasts, Non-breaded fish fillets, pork tenderloin, all natural lunch meats, flank steak, etc. (All of the aforementioned have single digit fat per serving).
I used to be a VP at a food company, and I'll tell you that we used to reply to any/all emails and phone calls.
With that said, ALWAYS play it safe and call the manufacturer. Ask them specifically about a product. Sometime, they may have an item that contains wheat and they will subsequently suggest an alternative product. We used to do it all of the time as well.