So you have been living with stomach problems, fatigue or joint pain for years and you are not sure why. You have been to doctor after doctor, and they have not been able to figure out what is wrong with you.
Then you were talking with a friend or family member and they mentioned that they are used to feel bad just like you, and since they have started eating gluten-free they feel 100 percent better. All you hear is that they feel better and you are now intrigued to find out what you need to do to feel better too.
You begin planning all the things that you are going to do to start feeling better. You’ll join that exercise class in your neighborhood, you will eat whatever you want without fear, or restart the hobby that you haven’t had the energy to do for years. Your entire demeanor lifts.
As you re-engage in the conversation to figure out how to get healthy, you ask, what does gluten-free mean? Your friend tells you will have to stop eating wheat or any other grain that contains a protein called gluten for the rest of your life.
Your excitement wanes as all the foods that you love flash through your mind -- pasta, bread, desserts -- and it seems that every single one has wheat, barley or rye (which are all grains that have gluten in them)!
I have great news for you! There are some many new gluten-free resources in the last 10 years.
I have to admit when I first started prescribing gluten-free diets to my patients 15 years ago, it was a hard sell to convince them eating this way was a sustainable lifestyle.
Now there are gluten free products in local and national grocery store chains. In urban cities there are restaurants that have gluten free menu items.
The key to gluten free living is to find resources that help you change your behaviors and improve your health.
You will find gluten-free resources or you can research sites that talk about celiac disease. This is a disease which requires patients to become gluten-free, so those resources will give you information too.
An example of a very comprehensive site is http://www.celiac.com/