Monday, November 12, 2018

Part two: Healthy eating

In addition to losing weight, eating for your body is crucial. Nothing matters if one does not have good health. Eating unhealthy can cause weight gain and malnourishment. The human body cannot functional properly if it is not taken care of properly. In addition to the main food groups and portion control, you have to eat what works for your body. One size fits all diet regimens do not work for everyone. The diet may not produce results or if there are results the participate feels horrible. One needs to know what foods or restrictions work for their body.
I have Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes me several issues if I eat anything that contains wheat, rye, or barley. I even have to be careful of food with certain seasonings or have modified food starch. This can sometimes make eating a game of Russian Roulette.
While gluten free has become a new weightloss fad, it is frustrating to not be taken seriously when asking if something is gluten free. This is not a choice or luxury diet for me. Symptoms of migraines, joint pain, digestive issues, fatigue, acne, and dermatitis herpetiformis cannot be ignored. I would jump for joy if I could eat normal bread, desserts, or pasta. Although I am thankful that since gluten free diets have become popular most foods are clearly marked if they contain wheat. And there are more gluten free options than when I was younger.
One should never judge or disregard others if they say they have a dietary restriction.  Nothing is more vital than your health. My littles experience Celiac symptoms as well. I know that others will think of me as the annoying food police mother. But this is important. I want myself and my family to be the heathiest we can be. 

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Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear you're gluten intolerant! My doctor wanted me to go gluten free last year (I'm not gluten intolerant as far as I can tell, but I tried to follow doctor's orders anyway) and it's hard. Since I don't think gluten affects me negatively, I've decided just to try avoiding it to be compliant with my doctor, while still allowing myself to have some glutenous foods.

Kristen P said...

To Anonymous,

Being gluten free is a very tedious task. And unfortunately so many delicious snacks are not gluten free. Even some spices are not gluten free. As long as you are happy and healthy. Please message me if you ever need information, recipe ideas, or tips.