What does it mean to be gluten free?
Gluten is the name given to proteins found in rye, wheat and barley.
This means that any food containing gluten or prepared in an environment where gluten is present, should be avoided.
I know this sounds difficult; there is nothing like being invited to a meal at a restaurant and thinking you won’t actually be able to eat anything. Trust me, I’ve been there.
What is Coeliac Disease?
Coeliac (pronounced see-lee-ac) disease is an autoimmune disorder that affects the small intestine, making it difficult to digest food. It is not an allergy or intolerance to gluten as many people believe. People with coeliac disease have an adverse reaction to gluten which is what makes the raw food diet so good for them.
But I’m getting ahead of myself; I’ll come back to that later.
What are the symptoms of coeliac disease?
There are many symptoms to coeliac disease which can make it difficult to diagnose. The main issues relate to stomach complaints; diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea and weight loss. Other symptoms can include a serious itchy painful rash, headaches, mouth ulcers and fatigue as a result of malnutrition.
You see, what is happening in the body is that the immune system attacks substances found in gluten because it sees them as a threat to the body. In doing this it damages the small intestine, making it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients from food.
What can happen if you don’t follow a gluten free diet if you have Coeliac Disease?
A lot of people out there think that coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity is a farce not to be taken seriously, but I’m here to enlighten you to the dark side of ignoring your body. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms and are worried about your health you should seek out the help from a health professional.
For more information visit https://www.coeliac.org.uk/home/
However, not all blood results come back positive for gluten sensitivity and this can have a devastating effect.
Because eating gluten damages your intestine it means that your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, which means that your body can suffer from malnutrition, neurological damage and psychological trauma. And in extreme cases: cancer.
Currently there is no cure for people who suffer from coeliac disease, but switching to a gluten free diet helps control the symptoms and prevent serious long term damage.
Are there gluten free alternatives?
There are many gluten free raw alternatives that you can purchase http://www.realfoods.co.uk/specialdiet. You don’t have to miss out on the foods you love.
Following a gluten free raw food diet doesn’t have to be difficult, but you must make sure that you are eating a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet.
Gluten free raw food
One of the things you’ll find is that a lot of the raw food that you eat is actually gluten free. Many delicious, healthy foods are, such as:
- Fresh Eggs
- Fresh Fish
- Fruit and Vegetables
- Most Dairy
- Beans, nuts and seeds (unprocessed)
I know you always read here about how fantastic I think the raw food diet is, but it’s only because I actually believe that to be true.
Did you know that Coeliac Disease affects 1 in 100 people and that statistic is only based on people known to definitely suffer from the disease? Due to the numerous symptoms, some of which are not overtly obvious, there are many more people who could actually be adverse to gluten and be completely unaware.
One of the major problems for people who are trying to avoid gluten is processed food that contains hidden gluten products. Although the ingredients may not actually say the words gluten or wheat it doesn’t mean they don’t contain gluten. Which is another reason following a raw food diet works so well, because you won’t be eating processed foods.
Here is a list of what to watch out for on a gluten free raw food diet (not a complete list)
Some things you may not realise contain gluten (not a complete list)
Flavoured coffees and teas
This is why I am promoting a diet that means you would be gluten free anyway, so you would not be damaging your body unknowingly; you would actually be treating it phenomenally.
So why would you not take me up on this offer?
If you’re still not convinced, let me outline some of the benefits of following a gluten free raw food diet:
- Improved Digestion
- Improved Mood
- Less Inflammation Issues
- Increased Energy
- Cholesterol Improvement
If you are sensitive to gluten or you suffer from Coeliac Disease you can be left feeling bloated, in pain, tired, moody and in severe cases depressed. Therefore it makes sense that by following a gluten free diet your body should see a rapid improvement. The aches and pains from cramps and diarrhoea will ease meaning that you will feel less crabby, improving your overall mood. Let’s not forget that because you are no longer preventing your body from soaking up all those delicious nutrients your energy is bound to increase, which will mean you sleep pattern will improve.Google+