Gluten Free

10 Common Misconceptions About Gluten Sensitivity

Setting the Record Straight on Gluten Sensitivity: Top MisconceptionsIn just a few years, being gluten-free has gone from being some obscure concept to becoming the fastest-growing grocery store category. We are finding a nice supply of gluten-free foods in just about every store we have visited these last few years. We were recently in a small store in Akumal, Mexico and found gluten-free linguine. It wasn’t cheap, of course, but still….

I am also happy to see the conversation shift from just celiac disease to include non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Some researchers have been working on this non-celiac form of gluten sensitivity for decades — it just takes time to get the research from the journals to the doctors and then to the public. Your local MD may be the last person to discover the significance of these gluten problems.

If you are like most of the clients at OVitaminPro, you are far better educated about health matters than the average person. We know because we talk with many of you on the phone. Not everyone out there is as educated and aware as you are.

If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, you’re unfortunately aware of the stigma that some still attach to this condition. When you first announced that you were adopting a gluten-free diet, you probably encountered one or more of these commonly-held misconceptions or frequently-heard comments in poor taste about gluten sensitivity:

  1. “Are you trying to lose weight?” Weight loss plans are so common that many of your friends or coworkers will assume that this must be some weight loss fad. Suggesting t
    hat a person dealing with an autoimmune condition is just on a vanity quest doesn’t show much in the way of understanding.
  2. “What can you eat? Isn’t gluten in everything?”
  3. “Come on, can’t you have just one? These are really good.”
  4. “Want a beer?”
  5. “Is gluten, like, a nut allergy?”
  6. “Want some of my hamburger? I can take the bun off.”
  7. “If you have a gluten allergy, you should have the sourdough bread.”
  8. “Did a real doctor tell you that you should be gluten-free?”
  9. “Oh, you’ve got Rich Person’s Disease.”
  10. “Don’t you miss bread?”

If you are gluten-free, you are subject to a few nutritional deficiencies. We recommend supplementing your diet with zinc, B vitamins and magnesium. To be more exact with your nutritional needs, you can get a SpectraCell blood test. You can read more about this topic at OVitaminPro.com.

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Why is Paleo So Powerful?

Also known as the “caveman diet”, Paleo is a way of eating the focuses on what ancient man might have eaten. Overall, this means eating like hunters and gatherers with a diet consisting mainly of lots and lots of fresh produce and lean animal protein. On the flip side, it also means avoiding sugar, processed grains, legumes, and dairy (or at least cutting way, way back on these sorts of ingredients).
While the Paleo Diet has been around since the 70′s, it’s recently gained more popularity as its health benefits have been reported to show that it’s a great diet for maintaining a healthy weight and overall, giving one a better sense of well being. Plus, many athletes who participate in fitness plans like CrossFit find the Paleo Diet to be a natural fit because of its high protein and low carbohydrate approach. But how does it work? What makes Paleo so powerful?
Well, for one thing, Paleo cuts out a lot of the junk that most people tend to find dominating their diets. Heavily processed grains, sugars, and other such finds are usually staples in the American diet. Cut them out and the effects can be profound – and they usually start showing up in the form of improved energy levels.
In addition to eliminating processed foods that load up our bodies with toxins or gluten, Paleo focuses on nutrient-rich foods like lean and free-range meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

In its own way, it can help us avoid inflammatory foods (such as gluten) which can make our bodies develop a host of health concerns. Dr. Dan has spoken widely on this topic and if you want to learn more, just check out our YouTube channel or our Gluten-Free Resources section.

Overall, Paleo has proven itself to be a viable dietary lifestyle for many. It’s helped that there are many, many more resources out there than there were years ago for Paleo Dieters. Grain-free crackers, kale chips, gluten-free alternatives, and other sugar-free food items are just the tip of the iceberg.
At OVitaminPro, we proud to offer free nutritional counseling to our customers and we can speak at length about Paleo and how it’s made an impact in our own lives. If you have questions about Paleo or want to learn more, give us a call and we’d be happy to give you more insight!

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Gluten-Free Recipe: Nut Butter Energy Bites

Crispy Rice CerealWhen you’re on the move and need a burst of energy, it’s always good to keep a few snacks on hand. Ideally, fresh fruits and veggies would be great, but sometimes you need something that’s more portable and easier to snack on. For those of us following a gluten-free diet, we have a great recipe to share for bite sized energy chunks that are great for on the go, at work, or before or after exercise to give you that much needed boost while also delivering a punch of flavor and nutrients.

Here’s what you’ll need (adapted slightly from Oh She Glows):

  • ¼ cup of your favorite nut butter (chunky works best! We’re loving almond and pecan right now, but pistachio, peanut, or hazelnut all work great, too!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of crispy rice cereal
  • 3 tablespoons organic brown rice syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate, nuts, or dried fruit (try tossing in chocolate and coconut, or dried cherries and chocolate, dried cranberries and blueberries, etc.)

In a bowl, stir together the nut butter, brown rice syrup, and vanilla and them microwave on high for 35-45 seconds. Stir and add in the cereal and your chocolate or dried fruit fillings. Stir until well mixed. Then, wet your hands and shape the dough into firm balls. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment and freeze for 5 or so minutes. Then, just keep them in an airtight container in the freezer and take them on the go when you need to!

Have a favorite gluten-free snack you’d love to share? Leave a comment!

 

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