Tips to being Gluten Free with Endometriosis
As someone who has endometriosis, it is important for me to know what foods can heal my body and what foods may actually hurt it. As like most of us dealing with the symptoms of endometriosis we know that belly bloating, bowel changes, and inflammation can flare up at just about any time. This is why I have decided to write Tips to being Gluten Free with Endometriosis.
Over the years I have learned about how nutrition can affect our bodies, especially when dealing with endometriosis, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances. One of the things I always tried was to limit or avoid gluten as much as possible. However sometimes life happens and there is nothing like a big bowl of pasta and bread to comfort you.
Recently I have been spending time reevaluating my foods and looking for what is helping my body and what is just doing more harm than good. Like most of us when trying to avoid a specific ingredient, like gluten, dairy, sugar, etc … we spend time purchasing the “FREE” version of these foods thinking they are a “better” option for us.
After doing some of my own reflection of my body and foods I have noticed that I have been guilty of purchasing those “gluten-free” products that make me think “healthy.” I have noticed that lots of these products lack nutritional value and have no benefits for my body.
So, I have decided to focus on a natural gluten-free lifestyle and I thought it would be a great time to share with you all some of the changes I am going to be making.
First things first …. Just a little refresher.
What exactly is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Gluten is used to help foods maintain their shape and acts like glue to hold them together.
Many foods contain gluten such as bread, baked goods, pasta, salad dressings, beers, cereals. So teach yourself to get into the habit of checking labels.
Natural Gluten-Free Foods:
- Fruits – Vegetables
- Meats & Poultry – Fish & Seafood
- Dairy – Beans, Legumes & Nuts
- Rice – Corn
- Soy – Potatoes
- Nut Flours – Gluten-Free Oats
- Arrowroot – Amaranth
- Buckwheat – Flax
When making a change it is important that we focus on the positive changes. So, when it comes to food we should be aware of all that we can eat, what their benefits are, and how they are making us feel (the good and the bad). Focus on all the nutritious choices we have instead of what we are limiting or avoiding.
We must not just make the change in the food, but always in the relationship with food.
I am super excited to begin a Gluten-Free Lifestyle and focus more on my nutrition and body.
Wishing you all lots of health & happiness
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