You might have heard about the gluten-free diet that is currently very popular. ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ tells you all you need to know about the origins of this diet, its benefits and drawbacks, and how you can change your lifestyle to adopt a gluten-free diet.
What is the reason behind the gluten-free diet’s continued popularity? Gluten is often found on the list of foods to avoid for the anti-inflammation diet, and it’s listed as one of the foods to be avoided in diets such as Paleo. The main reason is Celiac disease, an auto-immune condition where the body begins attacking itself when it recognizes the gluten protein in the digestive tract. Unfortunately, 95 percent of the people who have Celiac disease are undiagnosed; they do not even know that they have it. Therefore, most people see immediate results when they go on a gluten-free diet.
The book ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ goes into all the reasons why you should consider going on a gluten-free diet. Most people decide to do so after a diagnosis of non-celiac gluten sensitivity (or NCGS) or a type of auto-immune or inflammatory disease such as arthritis that responds well to a gluten free diet. Similarly, many people have decided to live a healthier lifestyle by giving up gluten containing foods.
‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ also contains ways to find out and test whether or not you have gluten sensitivity. One of the best ways to do so is to keep a food diary for two weeks to track the pattern. A lot of dieticians recommend doing the same if you suspect that you have gluten sensitivity. Another way is the elimination diet. ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ goes into great detail about the elimination diet, where you remove a food or foods from your diet for roughly two weeks, then try eating them again one at a time to see if your symptoms return.
Benefits of going Gluten-free
There are many symptoms that reducing or eliminating gluten can help alleviate, including: fatigue, anemia, migraines and other headaches, muscle and joint pain, and digestive ailments including constipation and diarrhea.
The ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ focuses on the benefits of going gluten-free. These include:
Digestive health: Gluten is a possible cause for many digestive ailments, from stomach aches to chronic constipation. Going gluten free is a solution that works great for most people suffering from common stomach problems.
More energy: Gluten has been linked to more insulin production in the body, which causes a “crash” or in fatigue after you eat it. By removing gluten from your diet and replacing it with other whole foods, you can get more steady energy all day long.
Better overall health: Gluten is an inflammatory food - it could be contributing to things like high cholesterol, obesity, Type II diabetes, and chronic pain in your body without your awareness.
Removing gluten from your diet forces you to examine the food that you eat each day, giving you a chance to make better choices each and every time you eat. By replacing the gluten and gluten-containing processed foods in your diet with whole foods that are naturally gluten free, you can help achieve better overall health.
How to go on a Gluten Free Diet
It has been proven conclusively that a gluten free diet is great for your body. However, there is a shortage of information on how exactly to go on (and stay on) this diet. ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ has everything from meal plans and recipes to shopping lists. It is a wonderful resource for beginners as well as people who have been living gluten-free for years.
The meal plans for a gluten-free diet have numerous options available to give you a flavorful and varied menu. There is also a chapter on a gluten free diet for vegans.
Many grains and starches including rice, corn, buckwheat, and tapioca are also gluten free, allowing you to eat a rich and varied diet. ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ provides valuable information, such as how to avoid eggs and dairy in your gluten free baked goods by using chia seeds mixed with water or high-protein flours, including almond flour or coconut flour. The book contains a gluten free vegan meal plan and many recipes, including a Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie. There are additional links to some of the most delicious gluten free vegan recipes available online.
There is even something for the techies: the book contains a list of apps that can help you maintain a gluten-free lifestyle. These include LifeCafe, which allows you to scan barcodes on packaged food items then tells you if a product contains gluten or not.
Whether you are considering going on a gluten-free diet but need that extra push, or simply confused what the big deal about this diet is, ‘Gluten-Free Teacher’ answers all your questions in a fun, easy-to-read format. This book is a how-to guide on everything gluten-free, enabling you to be a part of the healthy ‘gluten-free’ lifestyle.