The London Olympics sure have been exciting! First is was gluten-free Dana Vollmer that scored gold, now it is Jennifer Suhr! Suhr won gold in the pole vault on Monday. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2011. I find it fascinating that both of these athletes have found success with the gluten-free diet. Something as simple as a diet change made all of the difference in the world.
If it were up to me, everyone would be gluten-free, because then my life would be easier. The reality is that while the gluten-free diet can do wonders for those with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity, it is not for everyone. There have been many articles about how the gluten-free diet is the newest “fad diet” along with the celebrities that are currently avoiding gluten. It has been said that the gluten-free diet isn’t a healthy one and if you don’t have to be on it, you may be missing out on vital nutrients. My opinion has always been that a diet is what you make it. I don’t even like the word “diet” – I prefer lifestyle. If you choose to eat wide variety of nutrient-rich, whole, unprocessed foods you will most likely be following a healthy “lifestyle”. If those foods are gluten-free or not only matters if you can’t digest gluten. If you choose to replace all of the processed foods you once ate with their gluten-free counterparts, your
diet lifestyle may not be as healthy as it could be.
What has been your favorite part of the Olympics so far?