I’ve heard this time and again, “Oh, I’m mostly gluten free,” or, “I need to be on a mostly gluten free diet.” Is there such a thing? In my opinion, no. Plain and simple. No. You’re either gluten free, or you’re not. It’d be like saying, “I’m on a mostly cyanide/arsenic/insert poison of choice diet.” If your body requires that you eat gluten free, then you eat gluten free.
I know there are some people who only have an intolerance, but without being totally gluten free for a while they’ll never know how bad their body reacts to gluten. The same people may only think they have an intolerance because their Celiac blood panels came back negative, or their biopsy came back negative, but I have heard of many cases where the tests were wrong. For those who find themselves in this situation may only think they have an intolerance, when they really have Celiac disease. Every time they “mostly” eat gluten free and purposefully ingest something with gluten they are putting their body in extreme danger.
If someone really does only have an intolerance then they are still harming their body by ingesting gluten. This is like having lactose intolerance. Every time a lactose intolerant person ingests lactose they still are causing their body pain and inflammation. Admittedly, I ingested lactose when I thought I was lactose intolerant. I took those special pills that didn’t really work. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have done it.
I don’t intend to attack, or drive away anyone from getting their body into good health. Quite the opposite, I want people to really think about what they’re saying when they say “mostly gluten free.” They’re saying they’ll intentionally put their body in harm’s way so that they can eat whatever they want whenever they want. They’re saying they’ll risk stomach aches, diarrhea, rashes, brain fog, malnutrition, and even cancer for a small amount of gratification which can easily be found in gluten free foods.
Like my breakfast this morning. I had some leftover brown rice, so I put it to good use. I whisked a couple eggs in a bowl, stirred in the brown rice, and then cooked it like pancakes. They need a little smooshing in the pan, and maybe some reforming at the edges, but they cook up nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve them as you would any other pancake. Savory, sweet, whatever. They’re good, quick, easy, and resourceful.
What about something as simple and delicious as the fruit from our own yards?
Need something more decadent? Something sweet when you see others indulging? Let’s see what we can do about that.
Feeling deprived? Still need to be “mostly gluten free?” If so, check out some of my favorite blogs and you won’t be feeling deprived for very long.