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This happened when I started to tune into my body, and my body naturally started to want foods that were wheat free. When I don't eat wheat I notice that my body feels much better. My digestion improves and so does my sluggish. Many people find that IBS, digestive disorders and other chronic skin and diseases heal by themselves.
Today, I feel better, healthier and have more energy when I live and eat wheat-free. When I suggest to people that they try going wheat free for a few weeks most people agree but then look at me with confusion and ask, "If I don't eat bread and other wheat products what do I eat?"
What is the difference between wheat and gluten?
Gluten (from Latin gluten "glue") is a protein composite that appears in foods processed from wheat and related species, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough, helping bread to rise and to keep its shape, and often giving the final product a chewy texture.
.When you are eating bread made out of wheat, barley or rye, you will also be eating gluten.
Enough of the human population suffers from gluten sensitivity of one kind or another that many foods are now labeled to clarify whether they contain gluten
I always try to stay away from elimination, and instead always do substitution.
Today we are lucky as there are many options for wheat flour substitutes and alternatives!
Alternatively you can work with a Natural health practitioner and have allergy testing to find out what foods you are sensitive to. As we are all unique, this can be a great way to customising a unique, and healthy eating plan for yourself.
Check out your local health food shop. Just to get you started... potato flour, spelt flour, kamut flour, rice flour, barley flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, brown rice flour, chickpea flour, cornmeal, millet flour, potato starch flour, rye flour, quinoa flour, sorghum flour, soya flour, tapioca flour, white rice flour....
Do a search on Google and find out how to use each one as they all have their own cooking requirements. Be brave! Venture into new territory and experience better health and more energy!
Another thing you may want to try is to eat organic wheat. Many times we think we are allergic to the wheat when actually we could be allergic to the herbicieds, pesticides and fungicides that are sprayed onto the wheat.
So what do I eat instead?
People always look so relieved when I explain that they can still have bread - my favourite at the moment is Spelt Bread (with loads of pumpkin and sunflower seeds on top). I substitute white pasta and white wheat noodles for rice noodles, raw zuccini noodles or even for an occasional treat, I will enjoy eating organic fresh egg pasta.
If you are wanting more energy, or wondering if you have an allergy to wheat try eating wheat free for 1-2 weeks and notice how you feel for yourself.
And please ask any questions or share any delicious wheat free recipes on the comments section below. I'll answer any questions about this topic as I think it is a vitally important area that can create health and wellbeing or destroy it.
Sharing really is caring, because you can be sure that if you've got a question, someone else will also be struggling with that same question!
I really look forward to hearing how you are eating - are you able to tolerate eating wheat and gluten products or do you avoid them, and substitute other grains instead? I look forward to reading your comments and trying your recipe ideas! Thank you for sharing them! :)