Want to try eliminating gluten from your diet? Whether it is because you suffer from celiac disease and medically need to cut it out, or are simply trying a new diet for weight loss or other health reasons, you need to consider potential pitfalls. Gluten free eating is not nearly as simple as eating a diet without restrictions. Here are key things to watch out for:
Highly Processed Alternatives
There are gluten free alternatives to most of the common products we are used to eating, like pasta, granola bars, and cereal. However, relying on these alternatives is not a healthy option and can actually cause a lot of other problems for you, including weight gain. Why? In order to replicate these products without gluten, they have to use thickening agents, sugar, and oil (that often goes rancid during the production process of this food). All of these will quickly add more sugar to your body.
When you decide to start eating without gluten in your diet, you will experience a transition period, which is often characterized by feelings of withdrawal from the products you’ve come to love. This is, unfortunately, unavoidable if you really want or need to practice gluten free eating. There is no set time for this uncomfortable transition period, unfortunately. It is just something you have to work through!
Unfortunately, you can actually experience malnutrition when you are trying out gluten free eating. You need to pay a lot of attention to your diet to ensure you are actually getting the vitamins and other nutrients you need for your body to function well. This is difficult because gluten free alternatives do not always have what you need (most of the time they don’t), and even some supplements can have gluten in them as well, so you still have to be careful if you need help from that angle. The only sure fire way to avoid this particular pitfall if you insist on still practicing gluten free eating is to consult a professional (e.g. a registered dietician) and to pay extra attention to your diet in the aftermath.