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By: Christa Kannel, Account Manager   

    I have always been interested in nutrition and can be found on any given day researching everything from gluten to acai berries to paleo and whole food diets.  About 2 years ago I decided to try to go gluten free and eventually became dairy free as well.  According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. I hadn’t been diagnosed with Celiac disease but I was struggling with some acne, brain fog and just general lack of energy. 

    It took a while to transition to gluten free, I gradually found substitutes and often avoided going to restaurants I knew didn’t have gluten free options.  I found myself eating more salads and being conscious of the food I was eating every day and what I was putting in my body.

    I believe part of what made me feel better and have more energy was cutting out gluten. By simply avoiding gluten, I removed a lot of extra carbohydrates, sugar and fat from my diet. It also forced me to cook more foods and do meal preparation. I focused on incorporating more fruits and vegetables in my diet as well as lean meats and beans.  That’s not to say there aren’t still processed or sugary gluten-free options, I try to limit how much I consumed of those products. 

    In my personal experience, I found that going gluten free improved my skin and I have more energy. Occasionally I may choose to indulge in an option with gluten or dairy. I have found avoiding gluten naturally directs my food choices to healthier ones.  I don’t think going gluten free is right for everyone, but small changes over time drastically improved my eating habits.  What healthy changes have you made to your eating habits?