A while back I was out to lunch with some friends. I don’t remember exactly how it came up (I think I must have been joking about my love handles), but my friend mentioned that another mutual friend of ours noticed she lost the last little bit of love handle/back fat after going gluten free.
Hmm. That’s interesting, I thought to myself. I knew of going gluten free for obvious health reasons (like celiac disease), and for somewhat less obvious health reasons (like headaches, ‘brain fog.’ cramping and bloating after eating, and fatigue, all of which are associated with non-celiac gluten sensitivity). But, as someone who is more focused on my health and how I feel than a teeny tiny bit of love handle-age, it never occurred to me that cutting out gluten could help my yoga pants fit a touch better.
In fact, I would argue that any slimming effect is just a perk.
It’s less sexy, but true, that the benefits I enjoy most from not eating gluten are no more stomach aches and bad gas, and much more energy! And though I’m not super strict with my gluten free choices, I do see a noticeable difference, in how I feel and my love handles, when I’m consistent with my efforts.
Regardless of whether you are working to feel better from the inside out, or simply want to ditch the love handles, experimenting with eliminating gluten from your diet can be beneficial. After all, you will never know if you feel better off of gluten if you don’t try!
One caveat: a gluten-free diet does not mean just buying prepackaged and processed foods clearly labeled “gluten-free.” The point, like any dietary suggestion I make, is always to eat real food. That being said, below are some simple real food swaps to make going gluten free a bit easier.
- Corn tortillas instead of flour (look for organic as most corn is GMO and therefore heavily treated with pesticides)
- Pasta made from quinoa and/or lentils rather than wheat (I like Ancient Harvest)
- Or, substitute zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash instead of wheat pasta
- Nut flour, coconut flour, or gluten free flour blends instead of wheat flour for baking
- Use lettuce or chard as wraps instead of tortillas or bread for sandwiches
- Gluten free oats for breakfast instead of boxed cereal (oats are naturally gluten free, but the processing can lead to cross contamination, so look for ones specifically marked ‘gluten free’)
- Quinoa or wild rice as the carb source of a meal instead of wheat products like cereal, pasta, and bread
These are just a few options, but really, the possibilities are endless!
Have you gone gluten free? Leave a comment and let me know how cutting out gluten has helped you. And if you found this information helpful, don’t forget to share with a friend 🙂