Gluten-Free Q & A: “Do I Miss Gluten?”

My favorite foods from childhood through my twenties were bread, pasta, and pizza.

I often ate entire pies of pizza on my own. I always ate the entire box of pasta, which, usually serves 4 or 8 people. I worked in several Bagel Bosses; bagels were like cookies for me. In college, we had Pokey Sticks.

When I tell people that I haven’t eaten gluten since 2010, they frequently ask if I miss it.

Simple answer for people with short attention spans: No.

How can that be, if I loved those foods so much?

It’s because I learned two things:

  1. They weren’t working for my gut.
  2. The trade off is not worth it for me.

This post really has very little to do with gluten. We could just as easily be talking about sugar, dairy, meat, supplements, or processed foods.

It’s about be open to finding what works for you, even if that means questioning something that you loved deeply since childhood.

This is not a call for you to remove gluten from your diet. I only recommend that on an individual basis. But, if you suspect you have an issue with gluten, the way to confirm is by removal, usually for 30 days.

The only way to tell how you feel without it is … to go without it. Just because it worked for you yesterday, doesn’t mean that it’s working for you today.

You might be surprised what you find out.

I still love pizza & pasta. I still eat them, all the time. I’m thankful for all of those guys who delivered my Pokey Sticks, up to 12 AM on weekdays, and 2 AM on Fridays & Saturdays. But I don’t miss them 🙂

REMINDER: Eating For Energy Workshop is Saturday, December 1st, at 10:30 AM at Crossfit FullMotion in Syosset NY. If you want to see different results, you’ve got to try different things. Invest one hour and $20 in your health and I’ll see you there!

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