Okay, let’s cut to the chase… Following a Gluten Free Diet can be a big pain in the butt!
To avoid ingesting gluten you have to carefully read food labels, ask the waiter lots of questions, politely say “No thank you” when offered a doughnut or piece of birthday cake and you may even have to learn to cook your favorite Asian dish from scratch. Lots of adjustments are made when committing to following a strict, 100% Gluten Free Diet. It takes time and effort to learn the ins-and-outs of this eating plan because gluten is used as an additive in so many different food items.
If you have Celiac Disease you need to remember the cost of NOT eating Gluten Free
Left untreated, celiac disease may result in:
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Increased risk of infertility or miscarriage
- Cancer of the intestinal tract
- Foggy Brain
Eating any amount of gluten (even the smallest crumb) can cause an autoimmune reaction and damage to the small intestines.
The anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTG) antibodies can cause inflammation and havoc in any area of the body. Depending on your age, it may mean discolored teeth, delayed growth or noticeable issues with your skin (acne, rashes or alopecia which is a loss of hair all over the body). Of course, there is always the upset stomach issue for which Celiac is more commonly known.
So is becoming gluten free worth all the effort?
I say YES!
Especially if being Gluten Free helps you feel better. It will be totally worth it! Most people quickly learn to identify potential sources of gluten and easily recognize which foods are safe and which are off limits. Is it ever easy? Not really, but it truly does becomes second nature.
Contact me for help if you struggle to follow a 100% Gluten Free Diet
Considering the potentially serious health concerns of NOT avoiding gluten, it will be worth your time and effort. Your best health is worth your every effort.