Gluten Free Does Not Always Mean Healthy!!!

I have noticed a huge trend of people going on “gluten free” diets for weight loss. While a gluten free diet can certainly be a healthy alternative for some and a necessity for others, it can also be quite unhealthy if done improperly.

What most people don’t do when switching to a gluten free diet is eliminate processed, packaged foods. They think that by eating the gluten free version of pretzels, chips, cookies and crackers, they are making a healthier choice. In fact, the junk food manufacturers have to add even MORE preservatives, GMO’s and flavors to their treats to make them taste like their gluten-laden counter-parts. The fact is, switching to the gluten free versions of these treats is often an even worse choice if you are simply trying to lose weight.

A gluten free diet CAN be a healthy option if it focuses on incorporating whole foods and whole, gluten free grains like brown rice, quinoa, amaranth and millet. Fueling your body with nutrient rich, whole foods that are naturally gluten free is a great way to get your healthy eating back on track and lose weight.

So next time you are in Whole Foods and find yourself reaching for the gluten free cookies, remind yourself that gluten free DOES NOT mean low calorie, low fat or healthy. It simply means that it does not contain gluten. If you really want to lose weight and get healthier, you will need to eliminate the cookies and opt for naturally sweet foods like fruit.

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“Crowding Out” the Bad…

Are your food choices educated? Who dictates what you eat?

When I ask my clients this, I get all sorts of responses. 

“TV commercials”, “family”, “colleagues” – the list is endless!

Before the blame game begins, I ask the question again and second time around, it usually hits home.

YOU are responsible for the food you eat. You have the ability to make empowered decisions about the food you put in your body. You have choices.

Now ask yourself these questions:

  • How are my junk food vices benefitting me?
  • How can I replace these items with equally delicious, yet nurturing foods?
  • How will my life change when I remove junk food?

Many people turn to junk food when they are stressed and looking for a quick energy boost. What they really need is a well-rounded meal comprised of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to nurture their bodies and provide slow-burning energy.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but adding in MORE real food could be your saving grace. When you place a strong emphasis on real food, there’s little room left for empty calories.

TRY THIS EXERCISE

Replace one junk food snack with real food today:

  • Apples, oranges, and bananas are great on the go snacks. Feel free to have two if one leaves you hungry!
  • Slice of sprouted or gluten-free whole grain toast with almond butter and preserves.
  • Homemade trail mix of almonds, raisins, chia seeds, pecans, and dried blueberries.
  • Greek yogurt parfait layered with sliced fruit and Ezekiel granola.

A few secrets to ensure you won’t end up overeating junk food:

  • Always eat breakfast. Include protein to stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings.
  • Make sure that you are getting a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats at every meal and/or snack.
  • Get enough sleep! Our hunger cues are thrown off track when we don’t sleeping enough. Sleep balances leptin and ghrelin, the hormones that tell us when to start and stop eating.

Keep the concept of crowding out at the forefront of your mind. Try one of the aforementioned healthy snacks this week!