This girl is fueled by gluten and proud.
I posted on Instagram the other day about about a CrossFit member’s shirt saying “Fueled by Gluten” and how I LOVED our conversation about food education in our society. A couple of people reached out to me asking my opinion on the subject, so I figured I’d blog about it!
Going gluten free has become very trendy over the past few years. I myself tried it, and quickly discovered it wasn’t best for my body. Every body is different. Every body reacts differently to foods. Most people who go gluten free choose to do so because of the way their body reacts to gluten. So, well, they don’t really have a choice.
What is gluten?
I will be the first to admit that when I tried being gluten free…I didn’t know what the heck it even was! All I knew was my stomach had not been digesting well, and I had been reading that going gluten free can help your digestion. However, this is really only the case if you are allergic to gluten, or have a gluten intolerance. I had neither. I know based off of trial and error.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you are allergic or have an intolerance to gluten, it is because your immune system has physically damaging reactions to gluten.
When I tried going gluten free, I did not see any difference in the quality of my digestion, bloating or fatigue. This is because I do not have an intolerance to gluten. A gluten free diet is not healthiest for my body.
What helped me fight off fatigue, bloating and poor digestion?
Balanced eating. I was fatigued because I did not consume enough calories. I was bloated because I did not eat enough protein. My digestion was off because I was not balancing out the percentages of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that suite my body.
What has worked best for me on this journey to leading a more mindful life, is I’ve stopped placing food into categories: good vs. bad, healthy vs. unhealthy. I educate myself. I read nutrition labels. I’m aware of where my food comes from, and how my body reacts to it. We are so easily convinced that physically cutting foods or calories will make us healthier, when in reality it makes us obsessed mentally, and unaware of our bodies true needs.
So, I’m fueled by gluten and proud. Because my body needs the protein and reacts a-okay to it.
But, please please PLEASE do your own research. I believe the best practice is to stop listening to the fads, following the trends and to grow in your personal awareness. This is what works best for me. Now, go discover what works best for you.