Jun 4, 2009
Gluten Free: How it Can Help You Lose Weight
Some of you may be aware of food intolerances and food allergies. They are different. We will just call them both “food sensitivities.” Both can cause a variety of physical reactions, like water retention, tendency to gain weight, puffiness, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, hives, itching, nasal congestion, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, and more.
Gluten is a highly complex protein that occurs in four main grains—wheat, rye, barley and oats—as well as in other grains, including spelt and triticale, so it is present in many products. Gluten-intolerant people find gluten difficult to digest, while others have a more serious reaction called celiac disease. Both problems are more common than you think and can cause many uncomfortable symptoms, including headaches, mouth ulcers, weight gain or loss, poor immunity to disease, skin problems, and other gastrointestinal disorders.
If you know you have a certain allergy or intolerance to any food, then by all means drop it from your diet and be aware of food products that contain these items. If you think you have a specific allergy, consult your doctor or a nutritionist.
Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease
The Gluten Free Mall
MY DIVA DIET advocates a wheat- and flour-free diet in the Diva Reduction Phase and want you to use gluten-free products whenever possible. Wheat and other whole grains are healthy, but it is the overuse and manipulation of these grains that becomes the problem. We also want you to put products made from grains in perspective. You will find that by making these changes in your diet you will change your weight immediately and your health will improve over time.
If you know you are gluten-intolerant or have celiac disease, you can follow MY DIVA DIET with special adjustments. If you think you may have these conditions, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment protocol.
In the meantime, change your diet to wholesome foods and eliminate foods that are not natural and fresh. As far as products like cereal, breads, tortillas, snacks, and more–switch to gluten free!
The Core of MY DIVA DIET
The central and most important part of the MY DIVA DIET program is the quality of the foods that we advocate for losing fat, improving health, and staying fit for the rest of your life.
MY DIVA DIET advocates wholesome foods. Foods that promote mental, spritual and physical well-being. Foods that are made by God (nature) and intended for human consumption. And, MY DIVA DIET is very selective in its recommendations of foods made or manipulated by man.
MY DIVA DIET Food Criteria
MY DIVA DIET has designed two valuable diet tools, found in PART TWO (the Diva
Reduction Pyramid on page 31 and the Diva Maintenance Pyramid on page 46). Each tool summarizes MY DIVA DIET food standards in a single page. But you can also find them on the MY DIVA DIET website--click each pyramid title!
Throughout the MY DIVA DIET workbook you will also find many other useful special designs, guides, tips, charts, and diet tools that will help you succeed in your goals for fat loss and better health. "When you succeed, we do too!"