Feelgood Friday :: Gluten-Free Diet

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We’ve issues challenges here on FGS before – eating vegan, going makeup free, exercise and meditation experiments.  A shorter commitment is great for motivation and can lead to long term change.

Well I issued a challenge of my own yesterday on my blog…eating gluten-free.  Yikes, this may be the toughest yet.  I thought I’d try it for a week and see if I felt any amazing results.

The thing with gluten-free is most people do it because they have a health issue they are looking to fix.  Unlike going vegan or vegetarian, you don’t hear about people making the switch to gluten-free unless they have to.

So why in the heck did I go and commit myself to a week of gluten-free eating?  Especially since bread is one of my fave food groups?  Because I was reading an article that said it improved the subject’s sleep and made her less bloated.

Yipee!  Less bloat just in time for summer.  Some body types are more prone to retaining fluids than others.  I may or may not be one of these.  Let’s just say that during bikini season I stick pretty close to the fruits and veg.  Sometimes even those can give me a little tummy.  Frustrating as that is, I have never related it to gluten.  Sodium or sugar, yes.  Bread and grains, nope.

So, in effort to banish the muffin top before I hit the beach I thought maybe going gluten-free would be worth a look.  Yesterday was my first day and it was rough.  I had a sweet tooth like crazy and, since I am not much of a meat person, found myself stuck to a mainly fruit/veg diet.  My BLT sans bread was, shall we say, underwhelming.  It all ended in a late night trail mix binge that I would not recommend to any of you.

Today I crave oatmeal and cinnamon rolls.

Are you gluten-free?  If so, is it for medical issues or do you do it to feel great and banish the bloat?  And what are your tips for successful, fulfilling gluten-free eating?

Please help a bread-lover out.

[Image by ebby at, Creative Commons]

Written by Liz Thompson

I am an organic beauty expert, writer, and mom of two young environmentalists who can already spot a toxic product when they see one. Read more about me at Organic Beauty, and find me on , Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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  1. Dear Liz, I have been largely gluten/wheat/yeast free for several years now – after realising it was making me bloated, heavy and sluggish. It’s also interesting to note that yeast may one of the major causes in the bloat – particularly as most modern mass produced breads used added bakers yeast for a speedy ‘raise’ in the bread making process. This kind of yeast remains more active and the short fermentation doesn’t give the yeast a chance to break down the gluten in the flours. So anyone that has a problem with bread may well have an issue with yeast – especially if they already have an imbalance or candida present. I am also a bread lover and come from a family of bakers! So since giving up wheat and traditional breads have been creating gluten free bakes, breads and biscuits to enjoy – in moderation of course! The best diets are balanced and varied – and there are plenty of alternatives to bread that are naturally free of gluten – such as beans, pulses and gluten free grains (buckwheat, quinoa etc). Once you understand the alternatives to glutenous flours and how they behave when cooking with them – the possibilities really open up. On my website you will find a few sample recipes to try out. One more important thing to note is that sugar (including fruit) can also agitate any yeast imbalances/candida and cause bloating – especially if eaten after a main meal – as the fruit will sit and ferment in the gut. It is best to east fruit between meals and with something like nuts or yoghurt to help the digestive enzymes along and break it down properly. Anyway… I could go on but hopefully this will give you some helpful directions to go in! Best of luck and please get in touch if you want to know more. Chrissi

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