If someone is intolerant to certain types of food (gluten, wheat, corn, dairy,etc), it’s important for this food to be avoided as much as possible. If we are intolerant to something and continue to consume it on a regular basis, digestive disturbances result and could lead to intestinal damage. When there is intestinal damage, nutrients may not be absorbed properly, leading to deficiencies. Deficiencies can have an effect on everything from our physical appearance to our moods and energy levels.
When gluten and dairy are avoided, I feel great (like a lot of people) and find that my physical appearance improves as well. Skin is clearer, body composition improves, I am more clear-headed and moods are raised and stable. When gluten is taken in more than on the odd cheat day, I feel irritable, tired, foggy headed, experience mood swings, my skin breaks out and I feel “puffy” and bloated.
Before knowing gluten/dairy could be the issue, I thought poor digestion and feeling like this were just “normal” things for me. It was an incredible experience and so relieving when I went gluten-free for one week and already felt so much better! Foods containing gluten/dairy are still taken in on some chosen cheat days, but it does have to be kept in mind that there can be consequences and I have to be careful not to go overboard.
For this shoot prep I’m going to go completely gluten/dairy-free, besides 3 chosen occasions over the next 14 weeks. There are a lot of gluten-free options at restaurants and bringing your own food or arranging for gluten-free options at outings can usually be an option when we plan ahead.
I’ve never been this vigilant with avoiding gluten/dairy and am excited to see how it goes! One thing that I love and feels like a little treat with berries and stevia is cream of wheat. I did not want to get rid of it, but found a sweet replacement! Bob’s Red Mill has some great options. The Mighty Tasty GF Hot Cereal is wicked and has a similar consistency to cream of wheat. Quinoa is also a great substitute for Oats if they cause a reaction, as well.
Being tested for food sensitivities/intolerances is a fantastic idea. Some people have stated not even knowing they did not feel their best until they eliminated certain foods and felt fantastic. You never know!