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Glutton for gluten

By Hailey Siller

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I stand in the gluten-free supermarket aisle, scanning my options. Pamela’s chocolate chip cookies replace Chips Ahoy snack-packs, Puffins’ cereal substitutes for Lucky Charms and Nature’s Path waffles stand in for good ol’ Eggo. I don’t have many choices, but I resist a detour down the junk food aisle.

Gluten-free foods include Betty Crocker products and Fiber One bars. Photo courtesy moneywisemoms.com.

I began eating gluten-free foods after speaking to a nutritionist about the diet’s health benefits. A picky eater by nature, I’m used to eating the same carbohydrate-filled foods every day, which makes this protein-rich diet even more of a challenge.

My typical breakfast meal includes a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar on top. For lunch, I usually eat a sandwich, chips and a granola bar.

However, for the next two weeks, my new gluten-free diet will consist of nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) and pancakes for breakfast, a baked potato with feta cheese for lunch and rice pasta for dinner.

Gluten-free diets are increasing in popularity, according to the CBS News “Health Blog.” Many nutritionists believe that gluten-free diets decrease intestinal inflammation and promote overall health.

The gluten-free diet also establishes healthy eating patterns and well-balanced blood sugar, which boosts energy, mood, focus and concentration, and reduces stress levels, according to dietitian Elizabeth Blumberg.

I decided to test the diet for two weeks and evaluate my health at the end of the time span.

Eating meals out was by far the hardest aspect. Even if I ordered a salad, for example, I had to remove the croutons and some dressing.

Although eating gluten-free is definitely harder than I imagined, I don’t regret my decision. The diet gives me a better feeling overall, even though skipping free Georgetown Cupcakes is certainly difficult.

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One Response to “Glutton for gluten”

  1. Shannonru on November 13th, 2010 6:55 pm

    So, what was the outcome? I’m thinking of getting my whole family onto GF foods but it seems kind of hard when pizza and some of the fav foods are hhigh in gluten….. what’s your favorite junk/comfort food?