Considering a wheat-free diet?
As awareness of how wheat affects the body and diagnosis of Celiac disease are both on the rise, more people are turning to a wheat-free diet. Despite media coverage and the growth of gluten-free products on the market, there’s still confusion about this topic, and how to take part in this growing trend. I’ve brought in guest blogger Susan Callahan to take you through all the important aspects of living a wheat-free lifestyle.
I’ll let Susan tell you a little more about it…
Hi, I’m Susan Callahan. I’ve been wheat and gluten free for almost three years. For me, it was a necessary lifestyle change. I was experiencing symptoms that I just couldn’t live with any longer.
We’re talking about migraines, debilitating fatigue and gastrointestinal problems that no one should deal with. Tired of going to the doctor and getting nowhere, I started researching. And while it seems that the gluten free craze has taken over America, just a few years ago it was difficult to find good information. I became committed to helping others learn and navigate a gluten free lifestyle.
You might wonder why so many people are getting on the “gluten free” train. It seems like a fad and there’s probably some truth to that. Whenever something changes lives so dramatically, everyone wants to experience the benefits. So how do you know if wheat free is right for you?
Let’s start with a few statistics.
An estimated 1 in 133 Americans, or about 1% of the population, has celiac disease and the vast majority of them don’t know they have it. They’re either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
18 million Americans may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). This causes the same symptoms as celiac disease without the autoimmune component. You don’t have to have celiac disease to feel awful from gluten.
Untreated, NCGS and Celiac can lead to a number of other disorders including infertility, reduced bone density, neurological disorders, some cancers, and autoimmune diseases.
What we’ll be talking about in this series:
- The benefits of going wheat free
- How to go wheat free, including posts on dining out and gluten free treats
- The drawbacks of wheat and gluten free living – nothing is perfect
- Common questions about gluten free and wheat free living
- And how to take the first step to giving up wheat.
If you’re dealing with unwanted symptoms and think that wheat or gluten might be the culprit, you won’t want to miss this series. We’re going to cover a lot of ground. It’s my goal to give you the information you need to navigate a path to better health.
It just might include a wheat-free diet!