Not a Fad, a Lifestyle: Eating Gluten-free or Paleo

The past couple of years I’ve noticed a lot of people referring to gluten-free and paleo fad diets. Being someone who has a mild form of Celiac’s, I have been living primarily gluten-free for 4-5 years and I can say that leaving these diets as a 30-day achievement is not going to do anything for your body. In fact, it disrupts a lot of the processes in one way or another and can leave you more off-balance from having done the fad diet. Which, in turn, will result in you either gaining back the weight you were trying to get rid of or even more.

First off, let us define gluten-free and paleo. Gluten-free means no wheat, barley or rye products. It is not limited to just these, but usually grains such as rice and flours like coconut, almond and tapioca are fine to use. This means that a lot of grain items (pastas, breads, bagels, muffins, etc.) can be made out of these alternatives and therefore grains are permissible as a part of the gluten-free diet. In paleo, however, grains of any type are not a part of the diet, as with legumes, processed foods and alcohol. So now that we know what gluten-free and paleo encompasses, why does the 30-day diet exist? Well, everyone’s always looking for a quick fix or some sort of jump start to losing the weight they would like to lose. While this might be the more prevalent reason, there’s more. A lot of health websites promote a 30-day “kickstart” for the gluten-free or paleo lifestyle. I wonder if people are noticing the difference after 30 days of eating a certain way and then give it up because they achieved the results they were looking for, so they only use the 30-day “kickstart” and then don’t keep it up. For certain, though, this is about achieving specific results and stopping there. Which as I said earlier, can actually hurt more than help.

So how can this hurt more than help? Well let’s point out a few examples: these diets promote a healthy, active metabolism, so the weight may stay off for a little while after you revert to eating heavily processed foods, but it won’t last forever; in addition to metabolism it has been shown to help keep the adrenal glands in working order without any spikes or rapid declines; it also helps to promote the immune system and resist more even in some cases with diseases involved. I know how it feels to have weaknesses in all three of these bodily processes, and I can only imagine what would happen to your body if you rubberbanded back to your old eating habits after having eaten so healthily for a month.

So answer me this: would it be more beneficial for you to feel awake during the day, have less fatigue and less sickness overall? Would you not want to be that healthier you all the time rather than just for a month long weight loss trend? I promise you, there will be even more benefits to keeping the lifestyle than what I already mentioned. I hope that the links involved in this post were helpful to cover points more in depth than I felt I was able to. If you have any questions or links to other useful information on this topic, please comment below and share!

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