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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gluten-free lifestyle

Good morning readers:
Today I am going to write about a topic that I feel people really need to understand. That health issues you may have do not have to be cured through medication but by changing your diet. What am i talking about you may ask? GLUTEN... Yes gluten is tremendously effecting peoples lives every day and they have no idea. So let me explain what gluten is and what it can do.

There are a couple of ways to define gluten, and interestingly, the definitions actually contradict each other a bit. Gluten is found in all grains. Rice, corn but we only eliminate wheat, rye and barley on the gluten- free diet. The other definition of gluten is. " A protein found in wheat, rye, and barley."

Although oats don't contain gluten we avoid them on a gluten free diet because of cross contamination which arise during the production process. Gluten- free means wheat- free but wheat- free doesn't necessarily mean gluten-free. Something that contains malt may be wheat-free but contains barley and there for has gluten because barley is not gluten-free.

Our society has become accustomed to eating too much gluten; it's the most prevalent food type by far. Here is a list of foods you need to avoid when going gluten-free.

*Bagels
*Baked goods (cookies,cakes,brownies,and so on)
*Beer
*Bread
*Cereal
*Crackers
*Malt
*Pasta
*Pizza
*Pretzels
*Soy sauce
*Natural flavorings
*Licorice

Reading labels is going to be part of your life style if you are choosing a healthier you. Even though there is a lot on this list what is great is there is a gluten-free way to make all of these foods. YAY!!

Going gluten-free is definitely a life style change it takes commitment and dedication to yourself.
People go gluten-free not because they have any conditions, but because they're striving for a healthier lifestyle. Cutting wheat and other gluten-containing grains out of your diet certainly isn't a bad thing and can have significant health benefits if you eat a wholesome, diverse diet. It can also be the key to maintaining your weight!

Going gluten-free may not be what you want but I think once you realize going on a gluten-free diet may relieve or even completely alleviate certain health problems and more such as:

*Headaches (including migraines)
*Fatigue
*Gastrointestinal distress (including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, reflux)
*Depression and anxiety
*Joint pain
*Infertility
*Autistic behaviors
*ADD/ADHD behaviors

This is a lifestyle change but it is a change to a healthier way of living. Our bodies were not designed to have foods containing gluten. Our bodies can rebel against those foods in ways that can sometimes severely compromise our health, and for many people, the gluten-free diet is the best- sometimes the only- treatment.

When going gluten free remember one thing when creating your new diet: I f man made it don't eat it. Especially processed foods. Unique gluten-free grains-that-aren't-really-grains-but-we-call-them-grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and teff. They're nutritionally powerhouses loaded with vitamins and minerals, fiber, and protein- and they offer unique flavors and diverse consistencies. They offer a great break from rice, corn, and potatoes and are much healthier.

Many people who start a gluten-free lifestyle are doing so because of health issues, and that means they have little or no choice in the matter. When people are forced to make changes in their routine, especially changes that affect what they can and can't eat, they're not always so quick to see how fun it truly can be. I understand people may frown on going down this path but I promise you there are many reasons to be excited about a gluten-free lifestyle.

I will continue with the gluten free lifestyle tomorrow: I promise that what you will truly understand that at the end of the day we have our health and without it we have nothing!!! So make a positive life change for yourself and after the next few days of understanding how a gluten-free lifestyle can change your life you will forever be glad you had a chance to read Life Around the allergies.

Now for today's allergy free recipe:

Mexican Lasagna Approximately  8 serving for this dish.

1 package Tinkyada (8 ounces) Lasagna rice noodles
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese but if dairy sensitive use a tofu substitute.
1 jar (24 ounces) salsa
1 cup vegan shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)

Heat oven to 375*, cook and drain noodles as directed on package. Cook beef, onion, cilantro and chili powder in 10- inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
Place 5 of the noodles in bottom of ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Layer with 1 1/2 cups of the beef mixture, 1 cup of the ricotta (or tofu substitute) cheese and 1 1/4 cups of salsa. Repeat with remaining noodles, beef mixture, ricotta (or tofu substitute) cheese and salsa. Sprinkle with Vegan Monterey Jack cheese.

Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes or until hot. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
1 serving calories 375 ( calories from fat 160); Fat 18g (saturated 9g) Cholesterol 60mg Sodium 690mg; Carbohydrate 31g (dietary fiber 3g); Protein 25g

Enjoy have a healthy day and we'll see you tomorrow on Life around the allergies

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