Pondering a Gluten-ectomy
What is it about gluten that has all of a sudden caused many people I know to drop a large part of their diet? Food like wheat, barley, rye, even spelt have been around for thousands of years, providing nourishment to humans in their various forms. But they seem to be getting the blame for all sorts of ailments.
My husband’s physical therapist just yesterday suggested that he might want to consult a nutritionist about some ongoing problems he has. Her personal experience was that eliminating gluten from her diet had caused her asthma and hip pain to go away.
Another friend’s husband went gluten-free and suddenly his energy returned, making him feel younger than he had in years.
Just tonight I had dinner with my friend who is an acupuncturist. She has determined to try a gluten-free diet for the next year to try to eliminate gas she experiences after eating bread products.
The people who have succeeded in feeling better hold up GLUTEN-FREE almost as if it was a religion. They are committed and seldom cheat because cheating brings back the symptoms they were trying to shed.
Realizing I could no longer make my now perfected 5-grain bread any longer, I went in search of a bread recipe that wouldn’t make me gag. I came up with Alison’s Gluten Free Bread recipe, which gets rave reviews from most of the 58 reviewers. It has ingredients like tapioca flour, garbanzo bean flour, white rice flour, and brown rice flour. I’m reserving judgment until I make it.
Most people associate gluten with wheat and wheat products. It turns out there are a whole lot of other things to avoid if you really go down this path. Take a look at this list and kiss all baked goods and pasta and pizza as you know it goodbye.
My acupuncturist friend and I talked about why this phenomenon seems to be popping up all over. We wondered if genetically engineered grains were to blame. Or is our species just evolving away from gluten?
If my husband decides to try it, I suppose I will go along for the ride. It will mostly affect the one piece of bread I eat for breakfast every day and an occasional serving of couscous in my diet. I will be curious to see if it makes any difference in the way I feel.