Welcome, once again to a new month….. the month of May means rainfall, blooming colourful flowers, and the birth month of my older son.
This month, we are going to talk about Coeliac – Pronounced Celiac …
Meaning: “Coeliac is a disease in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty in digesting food”.
When some customers visit our store or any of the pop up markets we do, they want to know why we have a section dedicated to “Gluten Free” products. They just want to know exactly what gluten free means. So, this month’s article is dedicated to having a conversation on gluten free and why some people need to remove gluten from their diet. If the meaning of coeliac above applies to you then the likelihood is that you need to look into what you are eating.
• Gluten is a mixture of two proteins present in various cereal grains. It is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, bread, pasta, beer. Gluten is responsible for the elastic texture of dough; and
• Gluten damages the stomach wall, and may cause nutrient deficiencies, severe digestive issues and an increased risk of many diseases.
Another reason for adding gluten free products to our product line was because one of my granddaughters was born with a bad case of eczema. We tried every natural product we could find and still it would not clear. The doctors prescribed creams with ingredients we were not happy to put on her young skin. Besides, we wanted a natural solution. So one day, out of sheer desperation, I just mentioned that perhaps if we changed her diet that could help. Hence the start of their gluten free, organic fruits and vegetables and also dairy free. My daughter went further and changed their washing powder, toothpaste and bought natural products.
If you are going to change your diet you may as well be fully committed to all things natural
Needless to say, in a very short space of time, we noticed how my granddaughter’s skin started improving. She was not scratching so much and we did not have to constantly moisturise her skin. Her gluten free diet was working – a miracle. She has beautiful skin and is free from eczema. Her big sister is even happy to be on a gluten and dairy free diet.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS TO LOOK OUT FOR?
The most common symptoms of celiac disease are digestive discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headache, tiredness, skin rashes, to name just a few.
I would mention that not all people with celiac disease will exhibit digestive symptoms, but may have other symptoms like tiredness or anaemia.
Starting a gluten-free diet may seem rather challenging to begin with but once you persevere and focus on the end result of being free of the abovementioned symptoms, I think that should be all the incentive you need.
What should you Eat? I suggest you eat mainly whole, healthy foods, as most whole foods are naturally gluten-free. Avoid processed food, cereals and grains which contain gluten
There are a few grains and seeds that are naturally gluten-free. These include:
• Quinoa (white, red, black, we also have a combination of all three)
• Black fonio
• Oats. I must mention that whilst oats are naturally gluten free, they may be contaminated by it. Therefore, it is safest to only consume oats with a gluten-free label.
There are plenty of healthy whole foods that are naturally gluten-free, including:
• Fish and seafood
• Dairy products
• Fats, such as oils and butter
As a rule of thumb, it is better to choose foods that are naturally gluten-free, rather than processed gluten-free products. These tend to be low in nutrients and high in added sugar or refined grains.
Most beverages are also gluten-free, except beer (unless it says it’s gluten-free).
Bottom Line: There are plenty of foods and grains that are naturally gluten-free. Try to choose mostly healthy, whole foods. Stop by our shop or pop up markets and stock up. You can always email or give us a call.