Have you noticed that the Gluten Free subject seems to be everywhere you turn? The internet and media are full of claims for and against it and everything from pizza crust to peanut butter is making a move towards freeing itself from gluten. This publicity leaves many people wondering if Gluten Free really is better if a healthy diet has no grains and if maybe this is the answer to their health concerns. Is a Gluten Free diet a healthier lifestyle or is it a big myth?? We are so glad you asked!
It is true that some people (such as those with Celiac Disease) should stay away from gluten. However, whole grains, in general, are very, very good for you. Wheat especially has beautiful, healthy benefits that we shouldn’t miss out on. Perhaps the best way to explain is by telling you about our history with eating Gluten Free.
Several years ago we heard all of the concerns expressed over Gluten Free and were advised by many people that all of our health concerns were stemming from our consumption of wheat. Consequently, we stopped eating any grains and went strictly to soaked grains on the rare occasions when we did eat some.
We felt okay for a while without really noticing much of a change but we decided to wait patiently knowing that healing takes time. Oh were we in for a surprise! The negative effects of this lifestyle were on their way. All of a sudden, we lost all of our energy. We could barely drag ourselves through the day. We started to gain weight. Lots. VERY quickly. We never felt satisfied and therefore ate constantly without ever feeling full. Basically, we were miserable and couldn’t figure out why this “healthy diet” wasn’t helping us reach any of our health goals. In fact, we felt much worse than we ever had!
This is when, after pondering and prayer, we decided to take on our Word of Wisdom 30 Day Health Challenge. One of the best decisions we ever made! Instead of focusing on protein and no gluten, like we had been told, we started eating lots more veggies and lots of wonderful whole grains. Our whole wheat bread was back and it had never tasted so good! It was really wonderful to see how quickly we started to feel and see a difference. We’ve been back to eating whole wheat for over a year now and have never regretted it for a minute. As strange as it may sound we are almost thankful we went Gluten Free for awhile. We are now even more convinced (as we mentioned in Real Food for Real People) that a healthy diet is about eating pure and unrefined ingredients rather than taking foods away.
Since this experience, we have taken the time to really study the benefits of whole wheat. Here are some of our findings: Whole wheat is full of fiber which is why we started feeling full and satisfied again. It’s also why we started to get our energy back! Other benefits of whole grains are that they contain B vitamins (which are essential for healthy hormones), iron and magnesium (source).
In conclusion, we hope that our experience with Gluten Free helps you and your family! We would hate to see anyone go through what we did. Remember to keep your grains as pure as possible. Toxic wheat or highly refined grains have no nutrition. Organic is always best when possible. We have been using Wheat Montana for more years than we can remember and have never had an issue.
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