This is a guest post by Drew Manning of fit2fat2fit. While I agree with what he says, keep in mind that he’s not specifically referring to slow-carb. I don’t want to get hate mail about how quinoa isn’t slow carb or asking if bananas are OK on slow-carb. 😉
There are countless reasons to live a gluten-free life, but many find themselves turning toward this new lifestyle in an effort to cut out harmful, processed foods. Every day, people around the world make the choice to ditch gluten once and for all. These are five different reasons you should be making that choice as well.
1. A gluten-free diet gives you better access to vitamins and antioxidants.
For those who have lax eating habits, snacks typically take the form of heavily processed foods that contain questionable ingredients. However, on a gluten-free diet, vegetables and fruits are often eaten as snacks, and they are packed with antioxidants and vitamins! Seriously; try eating a banana in place of a bag of potato chips next time you’re craving a snack. You’ll feel lots better physically and mentally.
2. It will be easier to lose weight.
Are you struggling to get a stubborn 20 pounds off? A gluten-free lifestyle promotes healthier eating, which in turn leads to more weight lost if you’re trying to simultaneously diet. Going gluten-free will help you cut the starch from your diet, as well as the inches from your waist. Even if you weren’t initially planning on going gluten-free for a fresh diet, this is the best time to make the switch!
3. Digestion will no longer be difficult.
When’s the last time something you ate seemed to go down the “wrong pipe?” Research has shown the gluten-free eating can eliminate many digestive issues with ease. Foods that contain gluten are notorious for causing gas, cramping, diarrhea, and bloating. Pharmaceutical companies create medications that are designed to help with indigestion, but they often either don’t work or come packed with their own negative side effects. If you just make the switch to gluten-free food alternatives, you can kiss these issues goodbye naturally.
4. A gluten-free diet will give you quite the energy boost.
If you’re trying to eat healthy whilst keeping gluten in your diet, many of the nutrients and minerals consumed can be lost during digestion. Certain vitamins are directly linked to increasing energy levels, and without them, you can expect to suffer the ill effects of exhaustion. Try a gluten-free diet out for a few days, and you’ll likely find yourself skipping that cup of coffee in the mornings.
5. A gluten-free lifestyle broadens your horizons in terms of food choices.
When you neglect to make healthy food choices, you often go for not-so-nutritious meals that contain many of the same harmful ingredients. However, going gluten-free gives you lots of new food choices you never even knew you had. For example, flour is off limits on a gluten-free diet, but rice, quinoa, and ancient grains are often used in its place. The best part is that they taste wonderful! There are endless amounts of possibilities when you choose to go gluten-free.
Drew Manning is the owner and creator of fit2fat2fit.com. As a fitness coach and nutritional trainer he loves helping people succeed with their health goals. In his spare time he loves spending time with his wife Lynn and their two daughters.
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