Like my fictional couple, I too would like to know the skinny on gluten. I’ve been gluten-free for over a year because of gluten sensitivity and unfortunately, losing weight to the point of now being too thin. Losing weight was not my intention. When I stopped eating wheat I wasn’t overweight and didn’t even know about the weight loss claims. As I wrote in the post “Goodbye Arthur” I was just trying to find the cause for the severe joint aches and pains interfering with my life. Going gluten-free was a necessity not a choice. Even with a good appetite, balanced meals, and now eating more calories, the numbers on the scale keep moving in the wrong direction for me.
Some people say that you can never be too thin, but whoever believes that, should have walked in a “too thin” person’s shoes. Fat kids, homely kids, different kids, and skinny kids, were (are) all fair game for cruel kids. Hurtful words don’t just automatically stop ringing in your ears because you get older. Baggy jeans (now being held up with a belt in the last hole) do nothing to improve my self-image. I’ve heard about injections and implants to enhance your butt, however, that’s too drastic for me. Consequently, I’m seriously considering a trip to the lingerie department to buy myself a butt.
It seems like a lot of people idolize thinness. Being too skinny can be as unhealthy as being too fat.
Does anyone honestly think that looking bony, emaciated and anorexic, is attractive? How is it so many woman believe beauty is looking like a citizen from the Land of Famine as they flaunt their frailness?
My problem could be something not showing up in blood tests and on x-rays at this time. For me, it’s probably not from eating gluten-free foods because they often have more calories than gluten-rich food. I have not eliminated bread, pasta, crackers, chips, pizza, and some goodies, only now they’re gluten-free. As a result, I should be gaining weight like so many others have done. I’m still eating the same “regular” foods that are truly gluten-free, such as meat, poultry, fish, beans, certain grains, vegetables and fruits. (Read “Tips-Gluten No-No’s”.) When turning to my doctor for answers, she said that a few other patients have also lost weight after eliminating wheat, but she couldn’t offer an explanation.
I hope you won’t see my story as an endorsement for a gluten-free diet. Your results could mean that the only thing skinny about your gluten-free diet is your wallet. Those products are very expensive–five dollars for a loaf of bread that leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to texture and taste.
What really happened to our food supply that led to a dramatic rise in obesity and diabetes? There’s some evidence pointing to the way we started growing and processing wheat several years ago. What could really be happening in our gut and to our metabolism when we eliminate all that “new” wheat we have been eating. Is anyone doing research or clinical trials to find some answers? Yes, answers for the sake of those experiencing unintentional weight loss and for everyone caught up in the obesity epidemic who continue developing health problems as a result. Who’s looking out for our health? The National Institutes of Health? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? The Food and Drug Administration? The World Health Organization? Is anyone searching for facts?
What has been your experience with gluten? Perhaps our voices will be loud enough to “uncover” the culprit.
HBO Special “The Weight of the Nation” – 4 parts