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Steps to a Gluten-Free Diet for Improved Mental Health

By Rheyanne Weaver HERWriter
 
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For people with gluten intolerance, good physical and mental health requires a complete diet change. At first it can seem impossible because so many foods contain gluten.

But the popularity of the gluten-free diet is now making life just a little simpler for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website includes a plethora of information about gluten-free foods. They even have some recipes for people who can’t consume gluten, ranging from coconut chicken soup to spinach pesto, to chicken and asparagus pizza.

The website celiac.com also has a “safe gluten-free food list,” which includes items like corn, eggs, fruit and milk. Some oats are acceptable to eat, but it depends on whether or not they’ve been contaminated with gluten in processing.

For people who don’t know if they’re gluten intolerant or not, it might be time to try a trial gluten-elimination diet.

“Eliminate it from your diet for no less than four weeks and then reintroduce it,” said Heather Schrock, a nutritional therapy practitioner.

“If your symptoms return, you are sensitive. It is very important that you completely eliminate it though and that is where the difficulty may lie. Gluten is hidden in thousands of food and personal care products. That's right, even gluten in your lotion can affect someone with gluten sensitivity.”

Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin, a training director at Bay Area Family Therapy & Training Associates, said in an email that there are numerous gluten-free grains that people can consume as part of a healthy diet.

For example, in order to bake bread, cookies, cakes and pizzas, people can use gluten-free flour such as tapioca, coconut, rice and corn. She added that people can now choose from some gluten-free noodles now as well.

“Changing diet may seem like a daunting task, but really, everything is out there ready to be used as substitute,” Beaudoin said.

“The main challenge is the first step: figuring out what you’ll eat at every meal. Once that transition is accomplished, the dietary change can be completely enjoyable and easy to follow.”

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Manasi Deshpande

Hello, Gluten free foods are mostly used in Gluten Free Diet . which is recommended for patients with celiac disease . To know more about Gluten Free Food . Visit : http://justforhearts.org/gluten-free-foods/

December 6, 2012 - 3:04am
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Our family went gluten-free when my 1 yr old was dignosed with celiac. Turns out the whole family is gluten sensitive. We've all been better for the change but a word of warning - if u detox from gluten and realize you are sensitive, you really can't go back - your body wont let you, really. I say, try it but be prepared for a live-changing occurance! Also, be prepared, you may experience odd symptoms when detoxing including exhaustion, brain fog and/or joint pain.

October 6, 2012 - 8:18pm
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