SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS!

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 Mystified by these Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance?

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation or Diarrhoea
  • Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Don’t think this is the norm!   It isn’t, and could be symptoms of Gluten Intolerance –signs that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to the gluten found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.  Not everyone will experience the same symptoms and this makes diagnosing gluten intolerance such a challenge sometimes.    As there is no scientifically proven method of diagnosis, the best way to determine if this is the case is to do an elimination diet and remove it from your diet altogether for as long as possible.

  1.    Remove all Gluten from your diet for at least three weeks, (longer would be better – 2 months)
  2.    Reintroduce it.   If you feel significantly better it is likely you are Gluten Intolerant and should        remove it from your diet altogether.

 TIP… Here is a beautiful Gluten-Free Frittata recipe from Dr Libby’s book .

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Extra Green Frittata

Ingredients

3 small zucchini, thinly sliced

1 small stalk broccoli, stems trimmed finely chopped

1 large spring onion (scallion) finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh basil, julienned

8 large organic eggs

1 cup almond milk

Olive oil to drizzle

Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (325 F)

2. Mix all greens and vegetables–except for the zucchini — in a large bowl then transfer them to a baking dish and arrange them in a single layer.

3.  Beat the eggs with the almond milk and pour over the ingredients in the baking dish.  You may need to press the vegetables down with your hands so they are evenly soaked with the egg.

4.  Arrange the zucchini slices over the top of the frittata and drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.  Bake in the hot oven until firm, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Easily identify wheat products-

  • Wheat bread,
  • Cookies,
  • Cakes,
  • Muffins,
  • Crackers,
  • Pizza,
  • Pasta made from wheat and of course
  • Breadcrumbs.

Other things you might not think about -for instance,  Beer contains gluten so you will need to become vigilant about reading food labels.   Wheat products are used as stabilizers and food enhancers in many processed foods and it is also wise to check the ingredients on cosmetic products particularly lipstick.  Going gluten-free can be more of a challenge when it comes to baking products although there are many gluten-free flours on the market now and lots of excellent recipes.  It will help to get creative in the kitchen and eliminate the symptoms of gluten intolerance!

 Enjoy  foods naturally free of gluten 

Begin with whole foods or those foods in their natural state – they are naturally free of artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors.

  • Fresh fruit and Vegetables,
  • Nuts,
  • Seeds,
  • Peas and Beans and
    Plant oils

They have not been processed or refined to lower their nutritional value.  Quinoa and rice are also excellent examples of nutrient-rich unprocessed foods naturally free of gluten.

 

 AND HERE’S THE BONUS…  SUPERFOODS!

 Don’t neglect fruit and nut superfoods which are high in anti-oxidants as they help in the fight against free radicals in your body.  Free radicals are naturally occurring through our metabolism however we live in a society where an unnecessary load can be put on our bodies by external factors including:

  • Pollution,
  • Cigarette smoke,
  • Radiation,
  • Burnt foods,
  • Deep fried fats, and also
  • Cooked foods.

When there is a constant overload of free radicals our immune system can be compromised.  This is when it is good to have plenty of antioxidants in the form of superfoods and/or supplements to build up your system, fight off free radicals and eat foods naturally free of gluten.

 

Goji Berries 

come from Mongolia and Tibet.  They are rich in vitamin C and a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E plus trace minerals.  It is reported these are excellent for reversing aging and protecting against disease.

 

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Be sure to buy raw cacao nuts or the raw powder which contains the world’s most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food.  It is also extremely high in magnesium which can be lacking in our system even when following a balanced diet.  Here’s a beautiful drink…so delicious and so very good for you.   Drink it often and know that you’re doing yourself a favor:

TIP:  Hot Chocolate Drink Recipe

  •  1 heaped teaspoon Raw Cacao Powder
  • Almond milk
  • Little water.
  • Some Stevia to your taste.

 Acai Berries

When buying the berries be sure to look for the freeze-dried fruit and make sure the juice has not been heated or pasteurized.

 Blueberries

An amazing source of Vitamin C

 

Chia seeds

4 Tablespoons has 12 grams of protein.

 

 Eating wholefoods and superfoods is a delicious and healthful way to help fight the symptoms of gluten intolerance.

 

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