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What Exactly Is The TLC Diet?

This diet focuses mainly on modifying the increasing or already hyped levels of cholesterol.
When the body contains an excessive level of cholesterol, over time it weakens the heart and causes several fatal conditions, like a sudden heart attack and stroke among other serious cardiovascular conditions. It is highly recommended to take charge of your body and health before it worsens beyond repair. This diet encourages healthy measures to lower cholesterol levels by means of diet, exercise, and other related methods. It also brings successful weight loss in its wake. For all those struggling with weight loss or health conditions, the TLC diet is a great way to kick start your way to good health and wellbeing. The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet was initially coined by the NATIONAL Heart, lung and blood institute in the year 2001. Due to its beneficial nature, the diet has also been approved and encouraged by the American Heart Association.

The diet aims at reducing the LDL levels of cholesterol, also known as the bad cholesterol, which is held responsible for triggering cardiovascular complications. The diet focuses mainly on healthy food options that have been coupled with suitable exercise and required lifestyle changes to help speed the process of recovery without any medications. It not just keeps the LDL levels in control but also works towards providing the body the right level of HDL or the good healthy cholesterol that is required by the body for proper functioning, induced growth, and development. Although the diet does bring about some weight loss in its process, the goal is improved health by controlling cholesterol more than focusing solely on losing weight. Well, that’s a quick overview of what the TLC diet is, over the next few chapters we will cover exactly what cholesterol is, the benefits of starting a TLC diet program and what foods you need to include in your everyday diet.

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TLC Diet Transformation

Let’s start this beginner guide on the TLC diet with a little mental exercise. When you go out, look around you and tell me what you see. I bet you will see an abundance of fast-food restaurants and guess what’s in front of them? You guessed it…A never-ending line of people. Fast food joints are known for serving up a dish of unhealthy food – unhealthy food that people continue to consume. Why? Because they can! People choose fast food because they live a busy life and are under the impression that they can’t go home and cook a healthy meal because it will take hours to do. This unhealthy lifestyle leads to obesity.
The health risks of being obese include:
• Heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• Osteoarthritis
• Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
• High blood pressure
• Stroke

Reasons People Are Unhealthy

•• Children now spend more time playing digital games instead of playing outside
• The foods low-income families can afford are unhealthy
• The serving sizes of unhealthy drinks have increased
• People buy more fast food and prepare fewer meals in their kitchen
This list could go on and on …
There’s an old Chinese proverb that does a good job of explaining why we need to watch what we put in our mouths. “When you’re thirsty, it’s too late to dig a well.” What this is saying is that you
should not wait until you have an illness to start a diet, because by then, it may be too late.

The Need For Health In The Modern Age

There are many important reasons why you should get in shape today. What “getting in shape” means to me is you have strength, a baseline cardiovascular capacity, muscular endurance, and flexibility, which all lead to a healthier life. Believe it or not, the 21st-century conditions could be damaging your health and you don’t even realize it. Let’s have a look at some of these modern-day health conditions being experienced …

Toasted Skin Syndrome

Have you ever heard of this? Have you ever balanced your laptop on your knees for a long period of time? Believe it or not, It can leave you with discolored skin! The heat is generated by your laptop, it causes a rash that is similar to someone that has huddled to close to a heater in order to stay warm. Mind you, this has nothing to do with dieting or exercise – this is just showing you how our health is being affected in the modern age by technology.

Time Poverty

Oh yes, good old time poverty – so many of us is a victim of this. With family, work, running a home, and trying to take care of everything, we hardly find time to sit down and pause for a nice breath of fresh air. The more we rush, the further we struggle to meet deadlines we have imposed. The result? Our health. We deal with everything from insomnia, stress, depression, and poor diet, which leads to obesity and many other health-related issues. Many of us are simply doing too much and in return, this is taking a major toll on our health and well-being.

You see, in the modern-day scenario, everything comes at a price. Our days and nights are filled with hectic schedules, unavoidable deadlines, and innumerable hours of stress and excessive workload. With so much already on our plate, we cease to care about the food that we consume at the end of a long tiring day. Most often, we are too tired to cook a healthy, nutritious meal post-work and end up opting for the easier option: fast food and processed items. With the blooming technology, everything is just a click or a phone call away.

As we previously stated, most people settle for a comforting double cheeseburger, pizza or fries to hush their roaring stomach every day. Although these food choices offer oodles of contentment and comfort, eventually they bring forth drastic side effects. Over time, with continuous consumption, unhealthy food choices lead to several modern-day ailments, such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, depression, anxiety, high cholesterol, and other related concerns. Most of these complaints start out small but gradually turn into unavoidable chronic conditions. The best idea is to wake up, take action, and prevent such ailments from deteriorating your health and fitness further. For all those facing similar conditions, this short beginner’s guide brings a suitable solution to combat most of our modern-day problems. It introduces the concept of the TLC Diet or the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes program.

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Gluten-Free Living For The Whole Family

If you’re able-bodied and able to look after yourself, gluten-free living is still very testing. If you are unable to do so, however, it becomes even harder than ever. Children, for example, are unable to buy and prepare their food, so they rely on their parents or guardians. A child with gluten sensitivity, therefore, will require even more care and attention. Seniors who are perhaps not as able-bodied as they once were, will also need catering for if they are unable to consume gluten. It may be challenging at first, but once you’ve got the hang of it, preparing food for family members, young and old, who cannot consume gluten, is actually a breeze.

Here are some useful tips to help the whole family live gluten-free

Always Wipe Down Surfaces

Whether it’s a chopping board or a kitchen work surface, when you prepare food of any kind, always wipe down work surfaces once you’ve finished. Use a good quality anti-bacterial cleaner, along with hot soapy water.

Always Prepare Gluten-Free Food Separately

It might sound like a bit of hassle, but gluten-free meals should always be prepared separately to regular meals. Again, this is large because of cross-contamination. Even if you are sure you’ve adequately cleaned up, you should never prepare a gluten-free meal directly after a regular meal.

Be Very Strict When It Comes To Cross-Contamination

Cross contamination is one of the biggest headaches when it comes to preparing gluten-free meals. Wiping down food preparation surfaces is a good start, but you also need to be wary of the cloths you use, the knives, chopping boards, where the food is being stored, and much more besides.
You also need to be careful when it comes to pots, pans, and oils. Ideally, it is best to purchase separate chopping boards, cloths, knives, cutlery, oils, pots, and pans that you use exclusively for preparing your gluten-free meals only. This way, the chances of cross-contamination happening are reduced exponentially.

Store Gluten-Free Ingredients In A Separate Cupboard

Another very useful tip when it comes to going gluten-free is to store ingredients in a separate cupboard. This cupboard will, therefore, be used purely for gluten-free ingredients. You could even go a step further and install a mini-fridge/freezer to store frozen gluten-free products such as meat, fish, and frozen veggies.

Try Plenty Of New Foods

Gluten-free diets are now more heavily catered for than ever before, meaning that there are all kinds of delicious, weird, and wonderful ingredients for you to try. You can buy gluten-free pasta, gluten-free bread, gluten-free flour, and much more besides. Why not get creative in the kitchen and try new things? This ensures that the lucky family members that get to eat the foods will have plenty of variety to choose from.

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Tips To Eating Out A Gluten-Free Diet

We aren’t here to sugar coat anything, so, unfortunately, we must inform you that dining out when you cannot consume gluten is certainly going to be tricky. While testing at times, it is certainly not impossible. To help make your life even easier, we are now going to be sharing a series of tips with you, based around gluten-free dining out.

Eat Earlier Or Later Than Usual

Restaurants are generally busier at certain times of the day, and indeed, on certain days of the week, and that can be challenging if you cannot consume gluten. When restaurant staff are busy and rushing around, they are more likely to make mistakes and forget about any special requests you may have made. If for example, you need to request that your fries be cooked in oil that has not been cross-contaminated, you can clearly and concisely tell the waiting staff, who can then inform the kitchen. If things are busy, this request could potentially be overlooked. Try to find out when the busiest times are, and maybe arrive an hour earlier, or later, to avoid the rush.

Read The Menu

As we’re living in the age of the internet, we can now browse a menu in the comfort of our own homes. Before you leave for your meal, look at the menu of the restaurant in question and find out what they offer that would be suitable for a gluten-free diet, and see if they have any specialty gluten-free options.
More and more eateries now cater to gluten-free diets, so you can now even order battered food made from gluten-free flour, that has been fried in gluten-free oil.

Choose Carefully

When deciding on a restaurant, it may be wise to choose a restaurant with plenty of gluten-free options. This not only means you can have more variety and more to choose from, but it also means that the staff will likely be qualified and experienced to deal with gluten-free diets and requests. This again minimizes the risks of mistakes happening, or cross-contamination.

Be Clear On What You Need

If possible, speak to the chef or the manager of the restaurant and be clear on exactly what you need. Remember, restaurants often share preparation surfaces, knives, cutlery, fryers, grills, pans, and so on.
This is why cross-contamination is so important. Even something as basic as the chef washing their hands before they prepare your meal will make a massive difference. If a chef is preparing fish and chips, for example, they won’t wash their hands after each individual fish they prepare. They wash their hands when the fish has been floured and dipped into the batter. If they were to then prepare your gluten-free version, even though there would only be small traces of gluten, this would still be enough to trigger a reaction. Washing their hands would, therefore, make all of the difference.

Ask Questions

Finally, before you tuck into your meal, be sure to speak to the server and ask them to confirm it is gluten-free. If there’s a salad dressing, or a sauce, even on the side, that you don’t recognize, again ask the server. If they aren’t sure they’ll ask the chef, who will then confirm that it is, or is not, gluten-free.

Thank Them Generously

While we aren’t here to tell you when to tip and how much, it is worth noting that kitchen environments, and restaurants themselves, can be stressful places to work at the best of times. As a way of thanking the kitchen staff and servers for going the extra mile for you, you may want to do the same for them to show them your appreciation. If you plan on eating there again, they will also likely remember and look after you, which is certainly not a bad thing. Well, hopefully, these tips come in handy when you have to dine out. Any little thing you can do to continue living gluten-free will greatly improve your results and your health!

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A Sample Menu For A Gluten-Free Day

Just to ensure that you’re perfectly clear with regard to which foods you can and cannot eat, and when, we’re now going to provide you with a typical sample menu for a gluten-free day.
You don’t need to incorporate this exact diet into your gluten-free eating plan, nor do you even need to eat any of the foods listed below if you don’t want. We simply want to provide you with a rough idea of what you can and cannot eat and drink while following a gluten-free diet. So, take a look and see what you think:

Breakfast – Fruit and Yogurt

• 2/3 cup of Greek Yoghurt
• Handful of fresh blueberries
• Handful of toasted almond flakes
• Drizzle of honey
*Top the yogurt with the fruit, nuts, and honey


• 1 apple or an alternative piece of fruit

Lunch – Tuna Niçoise Salad

• 1 fresh tuna steak, cooked to your liking
• 1 handful of mixed leaves
• 2 sliced boiled eggs
• Handful of black olives
• 2 sliced tomatoes
• Quarter of a sliced cucumber
• Drizzle of gluten-free dressing
• Handful of blanched green beans


• Handful of dry roasted regular cashew nuts
Dinner – Salmon, Baked Potato And Spinach
• 1 baked salmon fillet
• 1 handful of spinach leaves
• 1 baked potato
• Knob of butter or sour cream


*Water, green tea, coffee, tea, fruit juice

And there you have it, just one typical example of a basic gluten-free diet plan that will get you through the day. Remember, there are plenty of delicious recipes out there for you to try, so don’t be afraid to look online and see what you can find. Be sure to mix things up and have different foods on different days to break the monotony.

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Shopping Tips For Living A Gluten-Free Life

On paper, going gluten-free is fairly easy. In the real world, however, things are a lot more complex.
Adopting a gluten-free diet and lifestyle is far from easy, and it’s certainly not just something that you can do on a whim. Preparation is very much the key to success when it comes to going gluten-free, which is why we’re going to be taking a look at several shopping tips to help ensure you give yourself every chance of success on your new healthy lifestyle.

Try New Sections In The Grocery Store

If you’re new to the world of gluten-free produce, chances are you will also be new to the gluten-free, specialty, and ‘free-from’ sections of your local grocery store. You’ll be amazed by just how many different products you encounter when you branch out a little and start exploring. Who knows, you may even discover a new favorite product?

Be Wary Of Oats

By now you should know that oats, whilst being gluten-free, can still trigger flare-ups because of cross-contamination. You can of course purchase gluten-free oats that guarantee the oats themselves to be completely safe, but you may still need to be careful. This is because oats contain another protein called ‘Avenin’ which is structurally very similar to gluten. This means that it can sometimes cause similar symptoms. If you try oats and find yourself experiencing no adverse side-effects, by all means, stick with that same brand.

Find New Staples

If previously, some staple carbohydrates included things like bread and pasta, once you go gluten-free, it will be quite the shock to the system at first. This is where it pays to find new staples to replace those that used to upset your stomach, but which you relied so heavily upon. Instead of pasta, consider gluten-free noodles perhaps? Instead of bread, consider things such as Quinoa. We can’t guarantee that you will enjoy every gluten-free product you encounter, but if you don’t try you won’t know.

Remember That Wheat-Free Isn’t Gluten-Free

When shopping and reading the labels of food packaging, it’s important to remember that wheat-free is not the same as gluten-free. Remember, although found in wheat, gluten is also found in ingredients such as rye or barley. Again, this is another reason why it’s so important to always check food labels before purchasing any new products.

Make A-List

Finally, before you even leave the house to go shopping, the first thing you need to ensure is that you have a shopping list handy. Don’t just walk into the store and see which gluten-free products you can find, instead, write everything that you are going to need down on a list as that way you won’t forget anything, and you will likely get finished up much quicker as well.
Well, that’s a few shopping tips to consider when going gluten-free, in the next part of the guide we will look at a sample menu that you can follow in your journey to living gluten-free.

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Pitfalls To Avoid When Going Gluten-Free

Now we’ll be looking at a few common beginner mistakes to avoid when you decide to go gluten-free. Going gluten-free is a lot harder and more complex than most people realize. To help ensure your gluten-free journey runs as smoothly as possible, check out these beginner mistakes to avoid.

Not Reading Food Labels

First and foremost, one of the most common mistakes that people make when following a gluten-free diet, is failing to read the list of ingredients on the food labels and packing.
Sausages, for example, are generally thought of as being meat-based products. Therefore, a lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they are all suitable for a gluten-free diet. Some brands, however, contain cereals, grains, seasonings, or flours that actually do contain gluten.
There are, of course, 100% meat sausages, but some brands out there do add other things to their recipes. This is just one of many different examples. Basically, to avoid any potential complications, always take the time to read the ingredients.

Assuming That All Gluten-Free Foods Are Safe

Oats, as we mentioned earlier, do not contain gluten. Despite this, you still need to be extremely careful when eating oats, as they are often processed and packaged in environments where gluten is present.
Cross-contamination is therefore a very real possibility. The best advice we can give you here is to do as much research as possible and to not take any chances.

Not Getting Enough Nutrients

Many people suffering from gluten sensitivity issues, or celiac disease, often wind up becoming malnourished. Their bodies struggle to absorb adequate amounts of the right nutrients, along with the fact that sometimes they just don’t eat healthily enough. Going gluten-free does not guarantee that you’ll be getting enough of the right nutrients on a daily basis. We all have our most and least favorite foods, so be sure to prioritize healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, that are high in vitamins and minerals.

Quitting Too Early

Okay, time to get real here. When you transition over to a gluten-free diet, this is a big step, and your body will not like it as first. For the first two or three days, you will feel awful. You’ll feel tired, you’ll be hungry, you’ll have a headache, and you’ll be craving the foods that you know you shouldn’t be eating. You’ll basically want to go away and hibernate for a few months. If you stick with it, however, things will get better. Once your body accepts the fact that gluten is gone, you’ll actually begin to feel better than ever. If you can make it past the first few days, you should be perfectly fine.

Overlooking Sauces, Seasonings, And Condiments

After preparing your delicious gluten-free meal, out of habit, you may reach for the nearest seasoning, sauce, or condiments in general, and wonder why you’re bloated and in agony shortly afterward.
Though a little squeeze of sauce here, or a sprinkling of seasoning there, may not seem like much, in reality even the tiniest trace of gluten can potentially lead to some nasty side effects. Many sauces, seasonings, spices, and condiments contain gluten, or could potentially contain gluten, so just be careful and again, always read the packaging

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4 Benefits Of Going Gluten-Free

Adopting a gluten-free diet and lifestyle may seem like a daunting prospect at first, but when you hear some of the benefits you will enjoy as a result of making the transition, you’ll wish you’d looked into doing it sooner.

Benefits of going gluten-free include:

More Energy

One common symptom of gluten sensitivity/celiac disease is a lack of energy. Fatigue is very common in people dealing with this digestive issue and it can therefore negatively affect other aspects of your life as well. If you experience an adverse reaction to consuming gluten, this can leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. When we feel this way, all we want to do is sit down and do the bare minimum. Studies have found that adopting a gluten-free diet can help to significantly increase physical and mental energy levels, leaving you feeling energized and alert.

Prevent Digestive Issues

As you now know, if gluten negatively affects you, it is often your digestive system that takes the brunt of everything. Gluten can result in stomach cramps, gas, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, nausea, and much more besides. Even the tiniest trace of gluten can negatively impact your digestive health and wellness. By going gluten-free, however, you can avoid all of the aforementioned issues and enjoy healthy digestion in the process.

Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is often caused when gluten is consumed. While the process is natural and is supposed to be beneficial, sometimes it can have a negative effect on the body. Inflammation can cause headaches, joint pain, muscular discomfort, and illness and disease. Going gluten-free, however, helps to reduce markers of inflammation within the body, such as antibody levels. Furthermore, it also helps to reduce damage to the gut, again caused by inflammation.

Weight Loss

While you should never adopt a gluten-free diet with the sole intention of losing weight, one great advantage of following a said diet is the fact that weight loss will often occur.
This is because many foods containing gluten are high in calories or can result in disruptions to hormone levels which can influence weight gain. Not all gluten-free foods are healthy of course, so just bear this in mind when following your gluten-free diet. If you eat healthy foods like vegetables, meats, fish, some fruits, and drink plenty of water however, you will notice that you are losing weight.

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What Exactly Is A Gluten-Free Diet & Is It Right For Me?

Now it’s time for us to look at what a gluten-free diet really is, and whether it could be right for you. Remember, gluten is a very complex ingredient and is far more complex than a lot of people seem to realize. In basic terms, a gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes all foods and beverages containing gluten, or ingredients that may contain gluten. Those affected with Celiac disease will commonly cut gluten out of their diets. However, those with gluten sensitivity issues will also need to do the same. If you have experienced any adverse reactions or side effects when consuming foods or drinks containing gluten, such as those that we have listed previously, it may be time for you to adopt a gluten-free diet. Some people choose to cut gluten out of their diets anyway, even if they aren’t actually suffering from any form of sensitivity to it.

Foods To Eat And Foods To Avoid

So, as you can see, a gluten-free diet is very easy to describe, and diagnosing issues pertaining to gluten sensitivity is fairly simple. So, what foods can you eat, and which foods should you avoid if you choose to go gluten-free? Does this mean you can never eat a delicious pizza or bacon double cheeseburger again? No, absolutely not. The good news is that, because more and more people are adopting a gluten-free diet and lifestyle, there are now more delicious gluten substitutions than ever before. You can even purchase gluten-free flour, so you can literally bake your own bread, doughs, and bases using ingredients that are 100% gluten-free. To ensure your gluten-free experience runs as smoothly as possible, we’re now going to list some of the main foods you can eat, and foods you should avoid while following a gluten-free diet. We’ll begin with what you can eat.

Foods You Can Eat

Most Wholegrains – Yes, that’s right. The common belief is that all whole grains contain gluten and are therefore very bad for anybody suffering from gluten sensitivity issues.
The truth is that most whole grains are actually free from this pesky protein. The thing to remember, however, is that a lot of grains are processed in facilities that also process gluten-containing ingredients, so cross-contamination can occur. This is especially true when it comes to oats.
Examples of gluten-free whole grains, however, include the following:
• Quinoa
• Buckwheat
• Wild rice
• Brown rice
• Oats
• Arrowroot
• Teff
• Millet
• Amaranth
• Tapioca

Fruits And Vegetables – As long as they are natural, and haven’t been processed in any way, all fruits and vegetables are naturally free from gluten. Fruits and veggies are ideal for any
diet plan pretty much, as they are loaded full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that the body thrives upon. We won’t list each fruit and vegetable that you can eat on this diet as that would take an eternity. Just be wary of canned fruits or veggies, or pre-prepared ones.
Proteins – Again, as long as they are natural and haven’t been processed or tinkered with in any way, all meats and fishes are naturally free from gluten.
Meats and fish, for example, are rich in vitamins, minerals, and even some healthy fats and beneficial amino acids. Processed meats, however, such as sausages, are sometimes bulked out with cereals and ingredients which do contain gluten.
Eggs are another great source of protein that is naturally gluten-free. Nuts, seeds, and most legumes are also perfectly acceptable on a gluten-free diet.

Fats – Fat is a macronutrient that plays a crucial role in our day-to-day lives. It is essential for a number of natural processes within the body and, providing we get it from healthy and natural sources, it is actually extremely healthy. Fats are also naturally free from gluten. Just be wary of cooking sprays, or oils with added seasonings, as they may sometimes contain ingredients that could contain gluten. Examples of healthy fats include:
• Oily fish
• Coconut oil
• Olive oil
• Grass-fed butter
• Avocados
• 100% natural nut butter with nothing added
Beverages – As well as whole foods, you will also no doubt need to consume something to wash everything down. Most beverages are perfectly fine on a gluten-free diet, with drinks like water, fruit juice, tea, and coffee, all proving perfectly acceptable.
Just be wary of smoothies, alcoholic beverages, and malt beverages which are often made with grains and/or ingredients containing gluten.
Dairy – Dairy is another foodstuff that is generally perfectly acceptable on a gluten-free diet, again, as long as it hasn’t been tampered with in any way.
Dairy such as milk, cheese, cream, butter, yogurt, and sour cream, are all perfectly fine as they do not contain gluten.
A lot of people following a gluten-free diet however, often make the mistake of avoiding dairy because of the lactose. Lactose intolerance and a wheat intolerance are two completely different things entirely.

Foods To Avoid

Below we’ll be listing a series of foods and drinks to avoid on a gluten-free diet. We won’t be going into detail about why each one should be avoided because we all know that it’s because they contain gluten, or they have been prepared in an environment where gluten is present, and cross-contamination could have occurred.
Foods to avoid on a gluten-free diet include:
• Pastas
• Bread
• Seasonings
• Spice mixes
• Crackers
• Wheat bran
• Wheat starch
• Cereals
• Durum
• Couscous
• Wheat germ
• Spelt
• Semolina
• Rye
• Barley
• Sauces
• Processed meats
• Beer
• Wines
• Some ciders
• Some liquors such as whiskey
• Brewer’s yeast
• Baked and processed goods
• And more…
As you continue through our Gluten Free guide, you’ll find even more detailed information on what to eat so keep reading!

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History Of Gluten & How It’s Affecting Our Health

Wheat and other similar grains are considered by many to be godsends. Ever since we became self-sufficient, and discovered farming and agriculture, we have utilized wheat and grains in a wide variety of different ways. From bread and pasta to beer and wine, what is seemingly the gift that keeps on giving. There is, however, a downside to being self-sufficient. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade or so, you’ll have noticed how more and more people seem to be adopting a gluten-free diet.
Initially, people thought it was just a fad, or a trend set by Hipsters looking to standout and rebel against society. It turns out, however, that gluten-free diets were not just fads at all, and that, in actual fact, they are able to provide a wide range of health and wellness benefits to those that follow them.

But why do people feel the need to adopt a gluten-free diet and lifestyle in the first place? Well, in order to obtain an answer to that, we need to go back in time more than a million years.
The Caveman Diet
Back in the Paleolithic era, back when our caveman ancestors roamed the earth, we had no farms, no convenience stores, and no pizza delivery services. In fact, the food we used to eat back then had to be found, foraged, or killed. Cavemen would hunt wild animals, they’d snag fish if they could, they’d eat nuts, seeds, berries, and anything else deemed edible that grew in the wild. Nowadays, paleo diets are hugely popular. The common misconception about these diets is that they are for weight loss. They aren’t. They’re primarily to help people avoid common food allergies and intolerances, and the nasty side effects that go with them. You see, back then, cavemen were not obese, they didn’t suffer from food allergies, and they didn’t need to use prescription medications to control and regulate a wide range of different health issues based primarily on the modern Westernized diet. Granted, life expectancies back then were very low, but causes of death were deemed to primarily be natural back then. Though wheat and similar grains did grow in the wild, back then we had no idea that they were edible, so we stayed well clear.

Farming, Agriculture, And Gluten

Around 10,000 years ago, give or take a few decades, something changed. We went from hunting and foraging our food to being self-sustainable. Yes, we discovered farming and agriculture, and we discovered that grains could be grown in the ground, harvested, and processed to make edible items like primitive types of bread. That means that evolutionarily speaking, we have only been eating gluten for around 10,000 years. That seems like a long time, but considering the other foods like those followed on paleo-based diets, have been consumed for more than ten times that amount of time, you can see that our digestive systems may not have actually had time to catch up.

It is believed that we first began harvesting wheat around 8800 BCE. Primarily it was harvested in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Assyria. Around 5000 BCE however, many other parts of the world were also harvesting wheat. During the Bronze Age, spelled became a staple ingredient in diets all over the globe.
By the 15th Century, the New World was regularly harvesting and processing wheat and similar grains to make all kinds of delicious creations. By the 19th century, brewing and bread-making techniques really improved, and things continued to grow and expand from there.

How Is Gluten Affecting Our Health?

Gluten comes from the Latin word for glue. This is because it is able to hold grains such as wheat together and bind them. This protein is responsible for giving grain-based products such as bread and pasta, their soft and chewy texture. Now, a lot of people can quite happily eat gluten to their heart’s content, so surely, it’s harmless enough? Well, not exactly. Some people suffer from some form of gluten intolerance. As more and more research is being conducted on gluten and the potential health risks it presents, scientists are finding more and more evidence to suggest that to some individuals, gluten does appear to be more harmful than others. Experts believe that, if we were to go back to how we initially farmed and processed grains, we’d be much healthier than we are now. They believe that most grains consumed today have been so heavily processed, altered, and modified, that they are very different to the ones we ate thousands of years ago.