Why I Stopped Being Gluten Free

April 9, 2015 2:37 PM

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Why I Stopped Being Gluten Free

Since moving halfway across the country (and shortly before), I have loosened up on my stringent gluten-free lifestyle. I have plastered the posts on my blog with pictures of sandwiches, pizza, and donuts. Over a year ago, I did an elimination diet to see if gluten was the culprit behind my randomly distended stomach issues. After 4 weeks, I didn't notice a huge difference, but stuck with it just to be safe. When I reintroduced it to see how I reacted, I came to the conclusion that gluten didn't have a huge effect on me, but when I didn't have it I also was free from a puffy stomach.

Briefly, gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (a newer grain). It acts as a binder that helps foods maintain their shape and elasticity. Before jumping into the why of my decision to devour gluten in all its forms, I want to clarify the difference between celiac dis...

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