Reasons to go gluten-free

Every year, there is that new diet trend that everyone seems to be going crazy for. At some point, it was to go completely gluten-free.

What I'll be discussing here here isn't the reasons why this diet is oh so amazing! I'm talking about the health reasons why going gluten-free is something to consider.

Ever since I was a kid, for some reason, I just hated bread. I loved pasta, but I just didn't think bread had any flavor. The only time I would eat it is as a sandwich or a burger - may I say, that I used to live on club sandwiches and cheeseburgers.

But, as a Lebanese girl, it was such a disgrace to not dip my bread in hummus - but, nevertheless, I just used it as a dip for my veggies and protein instead.

Anyways, fast forward to my mid-20s, I started becoming more conscious as to how my body would react to specific types of foods. So, I made a choice to cut out everything that makes me feel extremely bloated (not the obvious kind of bloated after eating broccoli or cauliflower. I'm talking about the uncomfortable type where you'd be feeling full after 3 bites) - one of the biggest culprit was gluten.

Finally, awhile back, I've actually found out that I'm properly allergic to gluten. Whenever I say that to people or waiters are cafes/restaurants, I always get this look filled with pity, as if I'm missing something from my life. The truth is, that I'm extremely relieved to be able to know what my body can and cannot tolerate anymore!

Gluten: A group of seed storage proteins found in certain cereal grains; including wheat, barley. It acts like a binder, holding food together and adding a "stretchy" quality.

I'm all about eating healthy, and eating what's good for you. But, with all my food choices and allergies, I've come to realize that although bread, and pasta, and everything gluten based is so delicious, it has 0 nutritional value. Gluten is just there to keep the bread, the pasta, the pastry; from breaking apart.

If you've ever eaten something that's labeled as gluten-free, you would notice that it would break easily and would feel much lighter. That's because there is no protein holding the food together.

Here are the symptoms to keep in mind, if you're allergic to gluten but don't know it:

  1. Stomach bloating.

  2. Body puffiness.

  3. Face acne.

  4. Constipation/diarrhea.

  5. Anxiety attacks.

At the end of the day, carbs are very good for you. The trick is to know which carb is actually good for you. Our bodies are constantly changing, and as I always say, we only have 1 physical body, and we need to listen to it whenever it sends a message, regardless if the food is very tempting and looks delicious.