Bringing Sweaty Back

Gluten Free or Gullible?

Are you a gullible magnet for practical jokes? Do you fall for everything?

For years, with an exclamation point, I fell for just about every single prank or dumb joke that Mr. Chicken Fry’s colorful friends threw my way. I was an oblivious fresh target for all of their 30 something frat boy banter.

It’s true, some of us are easily persuaded to believe in the tomfoolery of others and this also goes for the manipulative market place.

It was my perception that places like Natural Grocer, Market Street, Sprouts or Whole Foods are only for the foodie all natural granolaish types. I’m not into wheat grass shots or organic toothpaste so I assumed that these places were not for me or my meat and potatoes Mr.Chicken Fry. In particular, Mr.Chicken Fry openly judges these places as a dietetic distillery of sorts.

When it comes to gluten I was naive.  This was a subject, until a few years back I didn’t know much about including Ciliac Disease and its relation to the whole gluten-free movement.

After some deeper understanding and evaluation, I discovered some striking overall healthy benefits to eating gluten-free even if you don’t have Ciliac Disease.

What is ciliac ? Ciliac is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. substance present in cereal grains, especially wheat, that is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. A mixture of two proteins, it causes illness in people with celiac disease. Gluten is a composite of storage proteins termed prolamins and glutelins and stored together with starch in the endosperm of various cereal grains. It is found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, related species and hybrids and products of these.

The more information I absorbed all the more eager I was to give gluten-free a go. I eagerly swallowed the Kool Aid and took the gluten free diet for a test spin. I went all in. I called my closest resource and gal pal Kim who gave me the skinny on the best gluten free products and meal tips.  I was hunkering down for a least a 6 week gluten free ride.

I was scared.  I admit it’s can be a bit intimidating and a hassle to start something new.  As a carboholic I was terrified I would was going to starve and deprive myself of the gluten I had come to love.  NOT TRUE!  A gullible myth I stored in my subconscious.

Praise Jesus that eating gluten free doesn’t mean carb free. There are countless carbs and or boxed foods that are gluten free like CHEERIOS!  All CHEERIOS…even the flavored yogurt covered yummy ones!  Thank you Rice Krispy treats and Fruity Pebbles!  Thank you for not leaving us out in the cold without something sweet and tasty to snack on.

One of the chief complaints is bread.  But there is a great tasting gluten-free bread called Udi’s in frozen foods section.  The cinnamon raisin bread was an immediate favorite.  Not to mention rice, quinoa, potatoes and NUT THIN crackers!  How about granola and other accoutrements for glorious parfait and smoothies.

Gullible or gluten-free?

Gluten free doesn’t mean fat-free or sugar-free. What it does mean is wheat free. So many people are allergic to wheat and they have no idea that it could be the cause of the stubborn belly bloat or headache. Wheat/gluten can also be the cause of acne and aid in horrendous allergies that weigh you down.  I personally believe that on some level we are all allergic to wheat.  Some are effected more than others.

For all of the loyal beer enthusiast like Mr. Chicken Fry…this might be a hard one to swallow but beer is NOT gluten-free!  DUH…no wonder it’s called a beer gut.  Beer is essentially wheat and barley which causes severe bloating and fullness.  Im willing to bet that so many people out there could end their stomach woes just by giving up their weekly beer habit.  Trade it in for a vodka soda or whiskey and water.  Maybe a carbonated sparkling hard drink like Henry’s or White Claw.

All of you salty dogs and tortilla chips lovers don’t fret.  Salsa doesn’t contain wheat and neither do these chips.

What’s important to keep in mind is balance.  MODERATION.  Just because it’s gluten-free doesnt’ mean it’s fat or sugar-free.  Calories and fats add up.  Eating gluten free is not a hall pass to gorge nor is it a guarantee a lean FIT body.  There are plenty of gluten free foods that’s will make you fat.

Like everything in life…eating a balanced low-fat, high protein diet is the key to a happy healthy metabolism and lean FIT physique.

Some of my favorite gluten-free foods.

I love these multigrain


NutThins or Think THINS




Gummie Bears


What I discovered…is that I truly feel better.  The 6 week gluten-free experiment came with zero side effects.  I didn’t feel sluggish or have unruly migraines like that time I gave up diet coke.  It was a dark dastardly three weeks.  I almost quit three times because it was so difficult.  I missed so many things…the can hand to mouth, the fizz, the cold cola taste it was torture.  This was totally different.  Going gluten free was a breeze. I had zero stomach pains or what I had anticipated long nagging trips to the ladies room. Absolutely no fogginess or head throbbing.  I don’t recall ghastly gas or robust belly bloat. I wasn’t deprived or missing out on eating or hand to mouth contact.  I never felt dizzy or shaky.  It was quite the opposite.  I felt lighter.  I felt more alert and energized.  My tummy felt tight and fit.  I was still eating just new and improved wheat free food.  I didn’t notice a significant change in my allergies but I’m positive it didn’t cause me trouble.  The only hassle was buying new unfamiliar foods.

I have partially stayed on the gluten-free glide.  I occasionally will steer off on a cheat meal like pizza dough or fresh bread at a really nice steak house and a cup of my coveted Special K with red berries but for the most part I’ve stuck with it.  I no longer eat the flour tortilla on a grilled chicken wrap or other snack foods containing gluten.

Believe it or not I do notice the difference when I’m wheels off.  I get puffy and lethargic. I’m way more tempted to cheat a bunch if I’ve cheated.  It’s like the gluten sends craving vibes to my brain begging for bad food.  But I’m no longer that gullible girl.

I’ve outsmarted the gluten-eons wheat monster.  I don’t fall for the fancy packaging and point of purchase BS. Instead I eat better and fall for fresh corn/grain products.  Another benefit to eating gluten-free, high protein and working out is the fact that you can get shredded.  Eating gluten free and weight training is like a road map to a tight FIT body!

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Love, be free and go gluten free!

Angi xo


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