I was never a yo-yo dieter. I was more of a yo-yo eater. My dietary preferences changed with every stage of my life and each time I was introduced to new information. Sometimes these food phases survived a week. Others lasted up to a decade.
Crazy nitrates in this food? I’ll pass.
Vegan? For about three months every year.
Kale is the new super food? I drank a kale-based smoothie every morning for a year straight.
This habit was absolutely exhausting.
Now that I am a mother, I have been on the hunt for a system that makes sense for me. My body needs to be a great visual example of a healthy relationship with food for my family.
Though difficult, there was a positive that came from my yo-yo eating ways; I gave a gluten-free diet a chance without reservations and was extremely grateful when I saw a huge change in my overall health.
It felt comfortable and easy to maintain, as I was still able to eat many of my favorite foods by swapping a few traditional ingredients for gluten-free alternatives.
Gluten is a protein in wheat and wheat products that is found in almost all bread, pasta, cereal, and other processed foods. For many, it causes weight gain, indigestion, inflammation, gas, and fatigue. Gluten products, even in small portions, could be the reason you are feeling sluggish or are not quite at your goal weight.
The wonderful thing about a gluten-free diet is: it can truly work for everyone.
A diet rich in lean meats, dairy, fresh fruits, and vegetables works for most people. Foods that have been processed (cereals, crackers, breads, baked goods, etc.) should only be small components of any diet, as processed foods are more difficult to digest.
An apple and a handful of almonds as a snack offers more nutrition and satisfaction than a bag of crackers.
Many people switch to a gluten-free diet to lose weight. If you currently have a diet that is rich in starchy foods, the elimination of gluten may allow you to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period.
Eating clean, whole foods will give you a beautiful, glowing complexion, more energy throughout your day, and could even help you sleep better at night.
Don’t worry, going gluten-free does not mean that you need to let go of some of your favorite foods, including pizza. Not convinced? Give this simple recipe a try:
Gluten-Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 1 head of cauliflower (cut off the steams)
- 1 egg and 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ cup of your favorite cheese (mozzarella and parmesan are great choices)
- Optional Toppings (i.e. marinara or pesto sauce, extra mozzarella cheese, roasted vegetables and a protein)
1. Steam the cauliflower. When tender, blend in a food processor until fine. Place mixture in a dish towel and ring out all moisture.
2. Add cauliflower mixture back into the food processor. Add the remaining ingredients (minus the toppings) including your favorite cheese. Mix well.
3. Spread the mixture evenly onto a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until you have achieved your desired crispness.
4. If desired, add your favorite toppings (marinara or pesto sauce, extra mozzarella cheese, roasted vegetables and a protein) on top of the crust and place back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Enjoy!
A gluten-free diet is unlike any other. This is the perfect diet to help you lose or maintain a healthy weight, and experience a wonderful, complete boost in your health.
Push all gluten products to the side for one week and document how you feel. You will soon feel the change in how your body functions and understand the benefits.
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