Are you fleeing bloated after the last meal you ate or are you all of a sudden very tired?
Are you walking around with some brain fog?
Today, more than ever what we eat really affects are our overall health in many ways beyond our external appearance. Our ancestors were much healthier as they ate all raw foods that were full of nutrients, protein, fiber, and all the other good stuff our body needs to operate at optimal capacity.
So what has changed over the decades? Today majority of what people are eating comes from a box, a can or a package and is produced in the masses with DNA modifications or known as GMO – “(Genetically Modified Organism) is a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic.” ~by Kids Have the Right to Know.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat and today has altered many times before it reaches us as the consumer. Have you ever asked yourself what makes a dough sticky? Well, it is gluten which is found in wheat, rye, cereal, barley, oats and other cross-breads.
Today, more and more people are discovering they are gluten intolerant or celiac while people are not aware of their own bodies are saying it is a fad. You decide which it is. Most common symptoms are bloating, migraines, walking around in a permanent brain fog, constantly feeling lethargic, or tired and sleepy soon after you eat a meal.
Gluten intolerant is someone that has a wheat allergy with reactions similar to any food allergy and an individual who is celiac is not able to process their food properly. More specifically, their intestines are damaged while not being able to absorb vital nutrients.
A couple of years back I had massive migraines for 16 days consecutive and went to the doctors and all I was told is that I need to take medication and I started doing some research and discovered that I was gluten intolerant. Once I understood really what that meant and how I can eat without harming my body it was truly exciting and very creative.
Being Indian, it is a necessity for every woman to know how to make rotlis/rotis almost at soon after birth. I always refused to learn how to cook rotlis although I enjoyed the taste; then once I discovered I was gluten free I thought myself how to make killer gluten free rotlis. Ironically, flours native to Indian cooking are all gluten free like millet flour (bajra), sorgum flour (jowar), channa flour (chickpeas), corn flour and rice flour.
After a month of cutting out gluten from my life, I could see a significant change I no longer suffered from migraines, I was losing weight steadily, I had so much more energy, my brain fog was gone, I was far more productive, I was a happier person and the bloating was gone. I enjoyed eating my food and the new lifestyle I had for myself. If I ever went off, I could feel it instantly my migraines were back my stomach hurt and I would be in a fog for a few days.
That was enough for me to change my lifestyle forever. Do I miss certain foods, no because I have found ways to indulge in my favorite foods.
When dining at An Indian Affair rest assured, that we do have options for gluten free Indian food without forgoing any of the tastes you love so much.
Do you know anyone that might be gluten intolerant/celiac?
Do you have any symptoms that you have chalked up as part of life?
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