A Gluten-free January?

Ted_Hutchinson

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Gluten Free January

A Gluten-free January
Are You Gluten Sensitive? from Dr Stephan Guyenet.

Many people are totally unaware of the fact that they react poorly to gluten. Because they've been eating wheat, barley and/or rye products every day for virtually their entire lives, they don't know what their bodies feel like without gluten. In susceptible people, eating gluten is linked to a dizzying array of health problems that stem from an immune reaction to gliadins and other proteins in gluten (1). Are you a susceptible person? How do you know?

The gold standard way to detect a gluten sensitivity is to do a gluten "challenge" after a period of avoidance and see how you feel. People who react poorly to gluten may feel better after a period of avoidance. After a gluten challenge, symptoms can range from digestive upset, to skin symptoms, to fatigue or irritability within minutes to days of the gluten challenge.

With 2011 approaching, why not make your new year's resolution to go gluten-free for a month? A man named Matt Lentzner e-mailed me this week to ask if I would help with his (non-commercial) project, "A Gluten-free January". I said I'd be delighted. Although I don't typically eat much gluten, this January I'm going 100% gluten-free. Are you on board? Read on.
A Message from Matt Lentzner

Hi There.

My name is Matt Lentzner. I'm just some guy who lifts weights on his patio and tries to eat healthy. That's not important, but I have an idea that just might be.

I am trying to get as many people as possible to go gluten-free for one month - this January 2011.

I've considered this whole ancestral diet thing and I've come to a conclusion. If you could only do just one thing to improve your health then not eating gluten would be it. This is not to say that avoiding other nasty things like fructose or industrial vegetable oil is not important. They are, but you'd get the most bang for your buck from not eating gluten.

"Eat No Gluten" is simple and easy to remember. I think that sometimes the rules get so complicated and overwhelming and people just give up on it. We're keeping it simple here. Even at this simplified level I see that it's difficult for a lot of folks. I think people, Americans especially, tend not to pay much attention to what they're eating - what it is, where it came from, etc.

Getting people to get out of their eating ruts and think a little about what goes into their mouths is a valuable exercise. It sets the stage for better choices in the future. I hope that some success with the simple step will encourage people to further improve their diets.

I have a website at www.glutenfreejan.com. If you want to sign up just send an email with your first name, last initial, and town of residence to glutenfreejan@gmail.com. If you are on Facebook there's a community you can 'Like' called: Gluten Free January. So far I have over 120 people all over the world signed up. If you are already gluten-free then I still want you to sign up - the more the merrier. You can also use this opportunity to spread the word and sign up your family and friends.

Merry Christmas - Looking forward to a gluten-free New Year.

Matt
 

mommysunshine

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Our home went gluten free 3 years ago. There are so many food options besides eating gluten and grains. I hope many people give it a try. I found that by eliminating gluten I also eliminated a lot of processed vegetable oils from crackers and bread. It was a win/win.
 

just me

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Hey Ted, I would like to try this! Been considering it before the post, but you just solidified the idea....Would like to share this with the raw foods yahoo group that I am a part of...there is a lady that has been asking alot of question about gluten free recipes and more information about it...something about her son needing to be on a gluten free trial for awhile...Can I share, would that be ok???? thanks for this and for all the info you share, I for one sure do appreciate it!
 

Ted_Hutchinson

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Hey Ted, I would like to try this! Been considering it before the post, but you just solidified the idea....Would like to share this with the raw foods yahoo group that I am a part of...there is a lady that has been asking alot of question about gluten free recipes and more information about it...something about her son needing to be on a gluten free trial for awhile...Can I share, would that be ok???? thanks for this and for all the info you share, I for one sure do appreciate it!
I think more people are adversely affected by MODERN WHEAT varieties than we realise. Partly it is because there is more of the allergenic types of gluten but it's also the case that wheat germ agglutinin can be a problem.
Human DNA did not evolve with the ability to deal with the types of wheat bred since 1960's onward. It's bad enough that the amount of pro inflammatory gluten has increased but the fact that iron, copper, magnesium and zinc levels were also reduced makes a bad situation worse.
Wheat subsidies are the root cause of the problem It's more important to subsidize the farmer than ensure the food they produce is safe to eat.
 

naturalmommy

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We are mostly a gluten free home as well. My daughter has a gluten allergy. I am sure if I didn't know what I know it could of gotten a lot worse.
 


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