Spring 2012 Food Trends: Going Gluten-Free

by Meg on April 16, 2012

I have my game face on once again, but this time it’s for my exam ;)

“I’m ready for you!”

I spent pretty much all day studying yesterday after I got home from church. I managed to limit myself to only two outings (both for groceries hehe!), a wee little food prep sesh, and minimal tweeting.

Ok, the last one was a lie. I tweeted a lot. ;)

Before I go to write this beast of exam; however, I obviously need to provide my favourite people with a post first ;)

Blogging > School

Remember that weekend when I went to that conference in Toronto? Well, I have been wanting to write a post about some of the topics that were covered that day, but have never got around to it – until now ;)

Today, I wanted to talk about the presentations that spoke about the food trends of spring 2012. One of the trends that the presenter, Amy Snider-Whitson, touched on was the gluten-free diet. I thought it was very interesting when she identified this as a “trend” and I actually agree with the term, too.

Amy stated that the gluten-free diet has become a trend this year because so many individuals are implementing the diet within their daily lives for no real reason.

Initially, a gluten-free diet would have only been recommended for those diagnosed with Celiac disease, but now it seems as though many other individuals are adapting to the diet even if they are not in need of a gluten-free diet.

Amy presented to us that there is no research saying that gluten is “bad” and should be avoided if you do not have Celiac disease. In fact, a Registered Dietitian, Karen Ansel, states that “there is data that indicates that following a gluten-free diet can result in a diet that’s low in key nutrients – especially iron, zinc and B vitamins such as folate and niacin.”

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Personally, I do not see a reason to begin a gluten-free diet unless you are experiencing discomfort whenever you consume gluten-containing products. If you are experiencing discomfort whenever you consumer gluten then, of course, a gluten-free diet should be something to consider because the gluten could be causing irreversible damage to the lining of your small intestine which leads to nutrients being prevented of absorption. But, like I said, that is only for those experiencing issues after consuming gluten. If you are not experiencing such issues, there is no evidence that the gluten harms the lining of your small intestine.

So, why are so many people following the diet then?

Apparently, a gluten-free diet has been associated with weight loss. Even Miley Cyrus seems to think so…


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I was so upset when I saw this in the media this past week. According to Miley, she was able to lose weight thanks to her gluten-free diet. I was seriously so upset reading this because I know this is not true and it is so sad to see a celebrity who is an idol to some, mainly young girls, bashing gluten when there is in fact nothing wrong with it.

There have been many articles written about Miley’s opinion on the gluten-free diet and how it is associated with her weight loss, but in all of the articles numerous Registered Dietitians and Doctors strongly disagree.

I have been researching many of the articles regarding Miley’s tweet that started this whole ruckus:

“…Gluten is crapppp…”

and have found several quotes that I would like to share with you from educated professionals regarding gluten that contradicts the quote from Miley above.

“There’s absolutely no evidence that a gluten-free diet promotes weight loss.”
- Karen Ansel, RD

 ”People who go gluten-free may gain weight if they rely mostly on highly-processed gluten free foods, many of which tend to be higher in fat, calories and sugar than their gluten-containing counterparts.”
- Rachel Begun, RD

“[Gluten is] a protein that has been in the human diet since the dawn of agriculture … I don’t endorse cutting gluten as a weight loss strategy. I think it is advisable only for those with genuine sensitivities.”
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Dr. David Katz

The above quote were taken from this article.

As you can see, there really isn’t any point in avoiding gluten unless, of course, you have sensitivities to the protein like Dr. David Katz mentions above.

Overall, I thought it was very interesting that the gluten-free diet was actually considered to be a “trend” of spring 2012. And now that Miley is promoting it I am sure it will become even more “trendy”. How unfortunate.

I hope I helped inform you that gluten is not something that should be avoided “just because”. I think it is important to think about why you are doing something before you begin to do it. I like to have a reason for doing something. If I am not feeling discomfort or any type of disturbance after consuming gluten, I don’t see a reason to remove it from my diet. Even though many other people seem to be following a gluten-free diet, why should I? I am sure those individuals with Celiac disease would love to be able to not worry and stress over product labels and ingredient lists, so be happy that you can consume gluten if you are lucky enough to be able to do so and go without the severe abdominal pains that some people experience.

One of my cousins who is very close to me has been diagnosed with Celiac disease and I know that he would love to eat anything under the rainbow and not worry if it contains gluten or not.

So, if you aren’t Celiac and are able to consume gluten be thankful :) Why restrict yourself of food items that your body can tolerate? ;)

Don’t be a follower ;)

Be a leader! :)

Meg
xoxoxo

Do you have or know anyone with Celiac disease?

Did this post help you understand more about gluten? 

Do you agree that the gluten-free diet became a trend this spring? 

See ya tomorrow with a reader’s request post! :D

 

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Megan April 16, 2012 at 7:35 AM

Thank you for this post!! It drives me NUTS reading about celebrities claiming to know more than research. It saddens me especially with Miley because she has so many young and impressionable fans. Thanks again my love!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

You are most welcome, darling :)

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Linz @ Itz Linz April 16, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Yes I definitely think it’s a trend! In fact, my mom and I were just talking about it this past weekend. I had heard before that people who do not consume gluten unnecessarily could be missing key nutrients like you said. So silly when people jump on the bandwagon without doing thorough research first. Ugh!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 16, 2012 at 7:45 AM

I definitely agree. Like you said, some people need to go gluten free for good reasons. But if it’s just for diet purposes, then I think it’s completely unnecessary. Plus, it’s expensive! I have a friend who both she and her daughter are gluten-free, and when she tells me about her grocery bills … whoa! No thank you!

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Khushboo Thadani April 16, 2012 at 7:54 AM

Oh I couldn’t agree more with your post! Gluten-free diets seem to be a growing trend! The only reason why it would correlate with weight loss is due to a decreased consumption of gluten-containing foods like bread/pasta! That being said, the individual will probably compensate those calories with gluten-free varieties of such products! Thanks for busting the myth :) and good luck with your exam!!

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Alexandra April 16, 2012 at 8:05 AM

Oh man I totally agree with you girl, I’m so glad you addressed this. I get so sick of celebrities saying that kind of stuff. I cut out grains because they really started hurting my stomach (…and messing with digestion haha) so when I hear people say they’re just cutting them out just to lose weight I get kinda frustrated.
Hope you do well on your test! AHH what am I saying, I KNOW you will!! :) Love you girly!!

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig April 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

The whole GF trend frustrates me so much! I hate going to restaurants and seeing so many more GF meals, when most of the people ordering them are just people wanting to lose weight or be trendy. Do these people not realise that of course they will lose weight if they go gluten free, because that just means they’re cutting out carbs!? What really gets on my nerves is when people then start chowing down on gluten free cakes and pastas, and refer to it as ‘healthy’ because it doesn’t have gluten in it.

Now I personally developed a gluten intolerance a couple of years ago, which is something I don’t talk about much. I found myself getting really bloated 3-4 times a week. I never got properly tested or anything, and I definitely don’t think I’m Celiac or anything, but I definitely noticed a massive benefit in limiting gluten in my diet. I still have it very occasionally, but always suffer the adverse effects. Unless you have a physical reason for cutting out gluten, you’re basically just following a low carb diet.

Good luck for the exam!

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Juliane April 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Ok SO glad about this post…I keep reading more and more about it thinking that society is just finding more and more “reasons” to not eat certain foods because it’s “healthier” and “better for us” and thus will lead to WEIGHT LOSS! ahem all you celebs….
Of course it is beneficial for those with a gluten-intolerance like you explained!
can’t wait for the rest of this weeks posts ;)

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Sarah @ Feeeding Brain and Body April 16, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I love this this post (AND I LOVE YOUR HAIR!! SO TRENDY!) I couldn’t agree more, it bothers me when people cut out things they don’t need to. One of my favourite staples is Vital Wheat Gluten which I use in my microwave cakes/breads! Not only is it excellently high in protein, it also tastes great! Boy am I glad that I don’t have an intolerance to gluten :)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Haha thanks girlfriend :D XO

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Emily@RunningPerspective April 16, 2012 at 8:26 AM

um I LOVE THIS POST!
i had to go gluten free for a year as my doctors thought my stomach issues were due to a gluten intolerance (as is common with people who are lactose intolerant)
however, over the course of that year I was also vegetarian and had EXTREME muscle waste as well as my hair was thinning! Looking back at that time it was quite clear that i was deficient in B12, B3, and probably other essential vitamins that were not supplemented into my diet. After my stomach issues continued I went back on gluten (and back to eating meat like its my job but thats another story! lol) and my hair came back thicker and my body just felt way more energized. Turned out i have IBS…..so moral of the story dont listen to any mainstream media or even advice from a doctor without CONCRETE EVIDENCE!
love you girl<3 ps you look amazing!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Thanks baby girl :)

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 16, 2012 at 8:28 AM

love this post. definitely agree. we were just talking about this in class and how a lot of people say they lose weight but it’s most likely because they’re cutting out a lot of unhealthy processed foods and other things to avoid gluten…not because of the removal of gluten itself.

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM

SO TRUE! Thanks for the comment love :)

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Kate @ Chasing It April 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

all very true! though the main reason gluten-free diets are lacking in B-vitamins etc is largely because most breads are fortified with them (which is a good thing, especially for vegetarians who aren’t getting those nutrients from meat). It’s silly to think that cutting a food group out of your diet would really be an effective weight loss strategy….its calories in/calories out and eating WHOLE foods, rather than processed things. sheesh! My best friend and my sister are both gluten-intolerant and feel much better gluten free. I’ve tried some GF products and recipes largely due to the time I spend with these two people, and (being totally able to tolerate gluten thus far) I honestly don’t notice a big difference in energy levels, weight, bloating, whatever. I’d rather eat whole plant-based foods than processed “GF” products any day – that’s where you get the REAL health/weight/energy benefits.

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Cheryl @ Happy is the new healthy April 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

I have to be careful what I say because I have a lot of friends who have gone gluten free either because they want to “be healthier” or because they legitimately have an intolerance. I don’t know anyone with celiac disease. I do know that if you cut out gluten and focus on whole foods in the place of things that had gluten and were processed, your diet might improve and you might feel all around better. That being said, life is about balance and choosing the healthiest foods — with or without gluten — is the right thing to do, not to fixate on some miracle strategy to help you lose weight/get jacked/be healthy. :)

Thanks for the post!

PS Loving your hair.

P P S In total agreement blogging > school. :)

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Sarah April 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Hey Meg,
I’ve been reading your blog for about 3 months now, and I’ve yet to say hi!
I just want you to know that i think you and your blog are AWESOME!
I’m just wondering what your take on this article is . . .
http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2012/01/26/multi-grain-vs-whole-grain-vs-whole-wheat/
I’m not trying to be rude or stir up any debate . . . I’m genuinely curious as to your thoughts! It seems the article has some valid (sounding) info.
Have you heard of Kimberly Snyder before?
:) It’s so hard to know what to believe!
Thanks for being such a great motivator and sharing your immense knowledge on health and wellbeing. <3

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C April 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM

I love your blog too! And i I agree with sarah, Kimberly advises people to eliminate gluten and dairy. There are always two sides to every story… I think this post should also address the otherside (Which Kimberly addresses).
You also don’t seem to eat any gluten? Just wondering what your own take is on gluten? Thanks! :)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I’m glad you both like my blog, thank you. I hadn’t read the article before, Sarah, but thank you for sharing.

And C, I do not avoid gluten. And, I also don’t post all of my meals on my blog. I eat whole foods and my main staples are rice, quinoa, oats, and potatoes which just happen to be gluten free. I think I stated my opinion on gluten within my post – it is nothing the avoid in my opinion.

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Danica @ It's Progression April 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I agree completely–there’s no reason to go on a gluten-free diet unless that’s the only option (aka sensitivities, etc.). It’s completely irresponsible of Miley Cyrus to tell people this is the way to go when so many young girls look up to her. This really goes for any celebrity though–why can’t they all just promote clean eating and exercise?!

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Bee Goes Bananas April 16, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Well said! I know a small handful of people with Celiac disease, but I wouldn’t ever think to go gluten-free just to lose weight, despite many new books popping up on shelves telling me otherwise.

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Jessica April 16, 2012 at 10:00 AM

This is very interesting – I’ve been gluten free for four years now due to reading several articles that suggested a GF diet could improve athletic (particularly running) performance. I think the basic concept was that gluten produced inflammation in various parts of the body, and although I have a minor reaction to it too in terms of IBS, I’ve been avoiding it because I’m paranoid about it making injuries more likely or slowing me down. Trouble is that, as one of the quotes above points out, a lot of GF products are even more fattening than their wheaty counterparts.

I’ve never seen you eat much (any?) gluten though – is that just a personal/taste preference?

xxx

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I don’t post all of my meals on my blog as you may have noticed, Jessica. But, I just want to clarify that I do not avoid gluten. One of my favourite carb sources is bulgur, actually. However, my main food staples are quinoa, rice, oats, and potatoes which just happen to be gluten free. It just happens more often without thinking about choosing a gluten free food when you eat whole foods.

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Kat April 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

GREAT post woman. I actually wrote about this a year ago or so :)
Unfortuntely people look at going gluten free as the latest diet” trend” and arent realizing that it is soo much more than that! Going gluten free doesnt necessarily mean you are eating ANY healthier, it just means you have to watch what you eat more, which means you are generally taking in less cals, which is why people tend to lose weight!

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STUFT Mama April 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Oh my poor little guy has a gluten sensitivity and it’s so hard for a toddler to explain that he can’t have what others are having. I’m with you though- DON’T be a follower. It’s such a fad these days and some people are missing out on all those healthy fiberful grains. :)

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile April 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

OH MY GOSH I wanted to write a post on this! The whole Miley Cyrus thing drove me nuts. I definitely think it is a trend because people associate it with being “healthy” but honestly, you can be gluten free, buy a whole bunch of packaged crap, and not be healthy at all.
When I was having my stomach issues, I was negative for Celiac. My doctor wanted me to get a blood test, and she found that I have a higher risk of getting Celiac in the future. So basically, I am more susceptible to getting Celiac than the average person. She said I didn’t have to go strictly gluten free, but I had tried it out and found that it helped my stomach and my skin rashes a LOT. While I’m sure I probably eat some gluten at times on accident, I do try to avoid it. It has been the only thing that has helped my stomach pains and skin.
Of course, I wish that it wasn’t the case, but it really has helped a lot and in my case, gluten free has been my only life savior.
When people go gluten free without getting a blood test though, that’s ridiculous! I just wrote a book, lol okay I’m done now. Great post :)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Thanks love :) Always love your comments xoxo don’t worry if they are long hehe

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I don’t know enough to comment on whether it’s good to avoid, but it’s certainly a trend right now. I think a lot of the “don’t eat this” trends start with how much most people overeat things — I wonder what the research shows about reducing gluten? I haven’t played with gluten in my diet at all, I have just heard that it has helped with digestion for many people. :)

Anywho – always interesting to learn more about things that I know virtually nothing about! ;)

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Haley @ Health Freak College Girl April 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM

good luck on your exam!!

gluten free has become such a big trend i hate it. and miley cyrus promoting it just makes it worse. when i went to the health expo this year and last, it was definitely the biggest trend. so many companies were gluten free it was insane.

i do eat gluten free bread at school because i would rather have Udi’s (a company i know and trust) rather than the processed wheat breads they have. before my races, i also have a gluten free bagel. but besides that, i can’t imagine cutting out gluten! i’m already so picky about my foods that i can’t even imagine what i would eat haha

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Natasha April 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I’m actually being tested right now for celiac disease right now, so we’ll find out!

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Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs April 16, 2012 at 1:46 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I couldn’t agree more! I did read that Miley has a gluten and lactose sensitivity, so no wonder she’s seen good effects from making a change, it was bad for HER.

I think that a lot of the “gluten is bad i feel so much better when I don’t eat it” stems from what types of food that generally have loads of gluten in them. So, when people stop eating all gluten, they generally eat more hold grains and veggies and less processed foods, all things that are good for you and help your overall health.

The only GOOD thing that comes from this overhype is that gluten free foods are more in demand, therefore more places are carring them and lowering the prices. My husband is allergic to wheat, so this has been great :)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Awww, Elizabeth :) You make me smile! YOU ARE WELCOME ;)

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Katie@Real Food Katie's Way April 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

It’s interesting you posted about this.

A few weeks back my folks were over and my dad (who is trying to take an interest in healthier living) said he was thinking of adopting a gluten free lifestyle and wanted to know what I thought about it…

I basically said the same thing…Typically people who adopt a gluten free lifestyle have a reason to do so such as an intolerance. He was under the impression it was just healthier to cut gluten out.

It’s interested how when one person says something, a whole bunch of people follow it.

Nay, that is SCARY.

Love you babe!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

LOVE YOU! And I really enjoyed your comment. I think people think “gluten free” is a good thing just because it has the word “free” attached to an ingredient. We all know that “trans fat free” is a great thing, so “gluten free” must be too, right!? I think that may be one of the reasons to some peoples misconception

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy April 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

You’re very on point about food trends. I think that it’s the norm for people to feel that if you restrict something from your diet, then you’ll lose weight. Restrict carbs, lose weight. Restrict dairy, lose weight. Restrict gluten, lose weight. It’s very untrue and you’re right that it’s unfortunate that Miley Cryus is sharing misinformation with impressionable fans!

Great post and good luck on your exams! :)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Love your comment! THANK YOU :) xo

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StoriesAndSweetPotatoes April 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM

As usual Meg, fabulous post. I’ve known people who avoided gluten but couldn’t tell me what it was. Miley Cyrus has been looking way too skinny, although I think she got taller too so maybe she’ll even out. I do not have an allergy to gluten but I’m mildly intolerant. I haven’t completely cut it out but I won’t be putting a 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour in my pancakes. But I get my carbs from a million other sources so it’s fine. I think most people associate gluten with carbs and cut them out all the same. I mean, maybe Miley does have an intolerance that was causing her discomfort, who knows.

Today at a grocery store some random employee told me I should try eating for my blood type. I seriously had to bite my tongue. Eating does not have to be this complicated people!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I love this:

“As usual Meg, fabulous post”

Thank you my darling :) xo

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Paige @ Running Around Normal April 16, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Oh goodness….that’s all we need. Hate when it’s touted as weight loss help!

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Jessica @ Busy Living Healthy April 16, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Love your exam face! :) Good luck!
I’m glad you wrote this post because I think people are going gluten free since it’s the trend, and so many people claim it helps with weight loss. I’m so glad I’m not gluten intolerant, and I don’t like how Miley is giving a bad light to gluten. I wish people would do a little bit of research to find what truly will work for them because every diet isn’t going to work for every person. Great post! :)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I am happy to hear you like my game face ;) HAHAHAHA.

Thanks for the compliments and lovely comment! Love u Jessica

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LL April 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I’m gluten free but not coeliac/celiac.

I eliminated gluten from my diet because I suffer from bad skin and it seems that my skin condition worsens with gluten in my diet – my acne gets a lot worse, more frequent and far more irritated.

I miss the ease of eating gluten and my gluten free foods are so expensive! Having a bowl of gluten free cereal necessitates taking out a loan!

I worry that gluten elimination for no medical reason will make the general public see celiac disease as being ‘picky’ rather than it being incredibly serious. I appreciate some people might not see my reason for avoiding gluten as valid but knowing that my skin will react whenever I have a slice of toast certainly ruins my enjoyment!

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Kyra April 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM

HEY I’m not a celiac either and have the same issues as you! HORRIBLE acne whenever I eat gluten! However since I have stopped my skin is amazing, it’s actually a miracle I never would have guessed it was gluten doing that. I have found a lot of ways to go gluten free for less money. You have to avoid all of the processed crap grocery stores sell and just eat great whole foods! I make my own gluten free bread from quinoa flour that I buy in huge bulk bags, so it’s not too expensive compared to regular flour. Then otherwise I get my starches from potatoes, rice, quinoa…. :D The rest of my diet is high in vegetables, fruits, meats (chicken, fish, beef, pork, turkey… mmm) and lots of other whole foods!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I definitely see your reason as valid. I am sorry I didn’t mention in my post that it may clear up skin problems as well, but I am happy to hear that it is working for you

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Meg April 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I’m glad you touched on the gluten free trend because I have honestly been rolling my eyes at it. I agree that some people with Celiac’s or a gluten sensitivity should avoid it, because we all know that pain/discomfort sucks.

I had a friend in college who had Celiac’s who said she lost a lot of weight one summer because there wasn’t much she could eat at the camp she had gone to. I wish that more people would understand that losing weight isn’t about cutting whole food groups out but focusing more on whole foods!

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale April 16, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Lady! I’m so, so happy you wrote about this. I couldn’t agree more – this has become such a huge trend. If you ask people why they’re experimenting with a gluten-free diet, they often don’t have an answer…because it’s linked back to really clever advertising! Coupling that with our celeb-obsessed culture is kind of a recipe for disaster. From one nutrition student to another, A+ recap! I’m sure you KILLED your exam. :-)

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I am honored to hear that I get an A+ from YOU ;) XO

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Julia @ girl with a stethoscope April 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

THANK YOU THANK YOU AND THANK YOU!! I am soo sick and annoying of people saying they are “gluten free” not for medical reasons, but for weight loss. If you are not allergic to gluten, why the hell would you need to cut it from your meals?? Gluten provides a lot of nutrition for people and it makes NO sense to cut it out if you don’t need to. I am starting to associate being “gluten free” as being on a fad diet (if you are not allergic). Thank you for showing that this is a MYTH and it doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to lose 20 pounds. UGH! lol

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

YAY thanks for the wonderful feedback! Love your comments as always!

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health April 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I was tested for Celiac disease several years ago and thankfully don’t have it. I also think it’s somewhat annoying when people tout going gluten-free as the new weight loss tool. It really aggravates me! I hope you did awesome on your exam today pretty lady <3

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Kyra April 16, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hey :) I went gluten free as a recommendation from my doctor. He brought up a few studies released by the New England Journal of Medicine linking gluten with skin problems. At this point I had tried everything for my bad acne and eczema and nothing worked, but upon eliminating gluten, my skin has now been clear for SIX MONTHS it’s a freaking miracle! So I think for many people eating gluten-free is a trend, but there are benefits even for people who do not have celiac disease :D

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Definitely! Glad you got that cleared up! Sorry I didn’t talk about acne in my post.

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Sable@SquatLikeALady April 16, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Good post lady!! SO many people think that eating gluten free will magically help them lose weight – um nope! My sister actually has convinced herself that GF is the way to go despite my attempts to convince her otherwise. Oh well. Live and learn right?

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 16, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I think the mentality that gluten free = weight loss comes from the whole low carb and Southbeach diet craze that went through the world a few years ago. There is no evidence that a GF diet will make you lose weight!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

So true! Thanks for commenting beautiful :)

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Meg Kelly April 17, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Great post, Meg! I drives me insane when food allergies become fads…how ridiculous…as you said, if you asked anyone with celiac I’m sure they’d love NOT to have to be uber diligent with examining everything they put into their body. Having said that, I think that reducing your gluten consumption can be extremely beneficial especially since our standard diet tends to rely so heavily on it BUT that DOES NOT mean going out and eating a tonne of gluten-free food with the thought that it has some miraculous health halo and you can go bananas. Be reasonable! Eat real food!
…anyway, now I am rambling, but once again, great post!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Really happy to hear you liked this post :) Thank you

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Jenna April 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I just found your blog and I absolutely love it! It’s so fun and informative. I’m also studying to be a RD and I couldn’t agree more about what you have to say about the GF trend! Keep up the awesome work girl! I will definitely be back to read more!

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Meg April 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Awww Jenna you are so sweet! You make me so happy! Thank you and I am happy you are liking my blog! Looking forward to more comments from you xoxo

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tamsin April 19, 2012 at 7:22 AM

could not agree more with this! it can be so frustrating hearing about all these fad diets that say eating certain foods are bad when they are so good for you! only if you have allergy should you avoid them! thanks meg for setting the record straight. love reading about all your nutritional guides – definitely helping me. thanks tam x

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