The Truth about Gluten and Grains

By Tara Hill Conroy, C.H.H.C.

Health and nutritional counseling in Pittsburgh PAWouldn’t it be nice if someone just told you what to eat, when to eat and how to eat so that you could be healthy, have more energy and lose weight? Unfortunately, food is not a “one-size fits all.”

The fact is that each individual is unique, and our bodies have different nutritional needs. What works for one person may not work for another. That is one of the many problems with diets. Have you ever tried a diet and failed? I have. One time I could only eat cabbage soup all day for several days. Sure, I did lose a few pounds quickly, but I eventually went back to eating a normal diet only to put the weight back on. I really did not learn how to eat; just how to deprive myself of instant gratification. Overall, my long-term success was not based on a diet, but finding out what foods what work best for me.

Trying to figure out what foods are best for you takes time.

A lot of people today are being diagnosed with gluten sensitivity or intolerance. Since there is no blood test to tell for sure, they have to eliminate gluten all together. The gluten-free industry is growing, but is it really the best way to eat?  Replacing one kind of processed flour with another may not be the answer.

Gluten and GrainsMaybe you are always tired after eating certain foods but until you take the time to actually pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods, you are not sure what those foods are.

Personally, I want to take a nap after eating carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, potatoes and rice. My mind may be telling my body that I want them, but my body is telling me otherwise. While I love carbohydrates, I have to watch how much of them I eat or I just don’t feel great.

Did you know that some medical experts believe there is a connection between eating grains and Alzheimer’s? That is in addition to recent connections between increased carbohydrates and diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

The USDA – through their food pyramid – has been recommending 6-11 servings of carbohydrate-rich foods per day, and for 30 years that is what a lot of Americans have been eating. I don’t know about you, but it is frustrating that something we are told we should be eating may actually be bad for our health.

If you are confused about gluten and grains, please register for my one-day Wellness Workshop on Saturday, September 27 to learn more. We will discuss this issue, and you will have an opportunity to taste something yummy and take home some nutritious and delicious recipes too. Learn more or sign up today. Click here for our coupon and enjoy 50% the workshop fee.

I hope to see you there!

Article © Local Wellness written by Tara Hill Conroy

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