JJ VIRGIN: Going Gluten Free while Having a Life

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Gluten intolerance seems to be in the news a lot these days. How do you know if you’re gluten intolerant? If you are, I’m going to show you simple and delicious ways you can live gluten-free. About 90 percent of people I’ve pulled off gluten feel better. Gluten intolerance has been linked to over 250 symptoms, like constipation, diarrhea or both, gas, bloating, weight gain or loss, joint pain and autoimmune diseases.

There are lab tests for gluten intolerance, but I believe the best, most conclusive, affordable test is to treat your body like the chemistry lab that it is. Test by removing all gluten for three weeks. Track your symptoms, journal what you’re eating, then at the end you’re going to be re-challenged by eating gluten, and tracking your symptoms again. With so many great swaps you’re not going to miss gluten. Make sure that you’re not it eating by mistake, gluten hides in places that you wouldn’t expect, especially processed foods. Swap pasta for corn-free quinoa pasta. Spaghetti squash boiled and shredded looks like pasta. Swap whole wheat tortillas for rice tortillas or coconut wraps. There are delicious gluten-free swaps that make it easy to follow a gluten-free lifestyle.

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