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Gluten-Free is the Way to Be, Right?

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. 

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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. 

If you have a chance to read this article from Online Athens, please do so.  It does a great job of covering all of the important parts. 

What has been your favorite part of the Olympics so far?

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