I’m sure the majority of people have heard of gluten free diets by now. In the supermarkets we see gluten free on the labels, restaurants are now including it in the menus, and we hear all the gluten free jokes. For a population of individuals with celiacs being gluten free is no joke. In addition to celiacs, gluten tends to be on the rise with food sensitivities producing numerous symptoms we don’t even associate with our diet.
Some people may have tried giving up gluten, but have gone right back to old habits. This may be because gluten causes an addictive response due to the gliadin-derived opiates found in it. People often suffer through withdrawl symptoms when avoiding gluten. It is tempting to cater to eating the gluten because it is every where and all of our good comfort foods keep calling us back. Telling an alcoholic not to go into a liquor store is possible, but telling a person addicted to gluten to never enter the supermarket again is impossible. Accepting that gluten in highly addictive is the first step.
Dr. Perlmutter’s new book Grain Brain describes a lot of health benefits one may achieve from eating a diet free of grains. The paleo diet has become a trendy topic of discussion that avoids grains (gluten), legumes and some other foods. There are so many great bloggers writing new recipes for the paleo diet that it makes it easier for my patients to transfer off of gluten. Nom Nom Paleo is one of my favorite blogs to read for recipe ideas. I prefer telling patients about the paleo lifestyle instead of just being gluten free, so that they limit the majority of processed food.
On January 28th at 6pm the meetup Northern Arizona Wellness Seekers will be holding a discussion regarding Dr. Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain.