I’m going to be totally honest. Being gluten-free can really suck sometimes, especially when I think about all the foods that I love and just can’t have anymore. While it may suck that I can’t have the bevy of carbs that I once was able to have, there are some surprising benefits to being gluten-free. So for those that are on the more positive side of thinking, I have come up with 5 surprising benefits to being gluten-free that you may not have been aware of before.
You Won’t Need Vitamin Supplements
Due to the fact that you can’t have traditional snack foods, being gluten-free means that you will probably be eating more fruits and veggies (and I mean a lot more). As much as you may miss eating doritos and other fantastic tasting foods, the increased amounts of fruits and veggies also means you will be taking in more vitamins, minerals, and those lovely antioxidants. This may not be a surprising benefit, but it still a great one.
It’s Easier To Be Lean
One thing I and others I have talked to have noticed and is that it’s much easier to stay lean when you’re gluten-free. This is partly due to the fact that you are not able to eat a lot of the foods that cause the waistline to get a little horizontal. It’s also, in my opinion, because you become more aware of your body and how you feel. I was never into working out before I had celiac disease, but the diagnosis automatically made me become much more aware of what I was eating. So I figured, why not get a rockin body out of the deal? There is also the fact that gluten-free foods tend to be lower in calories and, therefore, lends itself to being able to stay a little thinner than before.
Here is one that was completely unexpected when I began my gluten-free journey. I noticed that I had way more energy being gluten-free. This is probably due to the fact that I began eating more nutritious foods and my body began to digest foods much better. I’ve read about theories that say going without gluten reprograms your body to shift its energy sources, but I have no clue if there is any truth to that. Whatever the reason, myself and others have experienced much more energy being gluten-free.
Digestion Issues Are No More
This one may seem like a no brainer. If you’re unable to digest gluten properly and you quit eating it, one would assume digestion would get better. What I have noticed is that I haven’t had near as many problems with bloating, gas, heartburn and other issues that digestion has a part in. I noticed pretty early on that the food I was eating would digest much quicker than I was accustomed to as well. This is where getting enough fiber becomes important, as it helps you feel fuller and slows down digestion.
People Think You’re Brave
This is one that I don’t really get yet seems to happen when people find out that I can’t have gluten due to my allergic reaction to it. They call me brave or courageous, which I would argue isn’t all that brave. It’s not like there is much of a choice in the situation. I’ve talked to many others that have experienced this as well and it seems to baffle them, too. So if you have to go gluten-free, take solace in the fact that others will look at as something to be proud of. Just use your new stature for good, I suppose.