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Why I’m Going Gluten Free


by Amanda Jane Snyder

Why I'm Going Gluten Free

There are so many diets out there these days and espeically in the new year, trying a new one is all the rage.

People try different diets for a variety of reasons, one of the most common on being for weight loss.

This January I'm adapting a gluten free diet, no I don’t have celiacs and yes I know the stigma of gluten free diets being a bullsh*t diet UNLESS you have a severe allergy as people with celiacs disease have.

So why am I going gluten free? Why would I willingly eliminate bread and bagels and pizza and cookies and cake from my diet? Again, most people tend to go immediately to weight loss. But this isn't the case for me.

I recently just found out that the psoriasis I've been battling on my scalp for over 10 years may be the result of a gluten sensitivity leading to leaky gut.

Okay, so I'll go gluten free! I'll make it work.⁣ But hold on, ⁣did I mention that I'm also vegan?

For those of you who don't know, a vegan diet eliminates any food produced by an animal including dairy, and meat. I've been vegan for 4 years, and I went vegan for my health but mostly for the animals and the environment.

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Did you know:

  • 50% of water used in the U.S. is used for raising animals for food.
  • 1lb of meat needs 2,400 gallons of water.
  • 1lb of wheat needs 25 gallons of water.
  • Raising animals for food uses 30% of earth's landmass... that's the size of Asia!
  • Eating a vegan diet can reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 tons per year!
  • 80% of antibiotics in the U.S. are given to animals that we consume.
  • The CDC estimates 2 million infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria occurring annually.
  • SARs, Corona, Mad Cow Disease, and Bird Flu all originated in animals that humans have consumed.
  • It's not natural for chickens to lay eggs everyday or cows to produce milk.
  • Male chicks are disposed of (chopped up alive) because they're "useless" and can't lay eggs.
  • Calfs are ripped from their mothers, deprived of milk, and slaughtered for veal.
  • Many animals are shocked, slaughtered, and boiled alive.
  • By eating animals, your body shares their trauma.
  • Practice positive energy... eat plants!

Okay, I'll get off my vegan soap box now.

Anyway, to say I'm nervous to be vegan and gluten free would be an absolute understatement. I mean its already hard in any social situation being vegan. Add gluten free on top of that? Social suicide. DATING suicide. Yes, I'm single. I guess there is a plus to covid given I don’t have to go anywhere or see anyone.⁣

Not to mention all of the things that I like to indulge in as a vegan usually has gluten in it. Seitan, a common meat substitute, makes for a great vegan fried chik'n sandwich and it's made entirely of vital wheat gluten.

So I'm going gluten free for my gut health and to eliminate an autoimmune disease.

Should You Go Gluten Free?

Back to the most common reason as to why people try most diets. Weight loss.

Are you looking to lose weight this year? First question I have to ask is WHY? Why are you looking to lose weight?

Secondly, I do not promote any restrictive diet when the main goal is weight loss. Restriction usually leads to binging. Are you anticipating staying gluten free forever? If not, I don't recommend going gluten free now. The only way to sustain and maintain weight loss is to adapt habits that LAST. A diet and exercise routine that you can see yourself doing forever. Most people can't see themselves adapting some of these dietary habits forever.

If you believe you may be experiencing gut or autoimmune issues similar to mine, I recommend getting a GI test and talking to your Functional Health Practitioner to see if eliminating gluten is right for you.

Gluten Free Diet Sustainability

The key to making a gluten free diet effective is it truly has to be all or nothing. Unfortunately, the permeability of our gut lining makes ONE meal with gluten harmful to our gut health and can take weeks or months for our body to repair the damage. For a gluten free diet to work well, it truly must be all gluten free.

So how can we think about this in terms of sustainability? Eliminating something entirely from our diet can seem daunting and not sustainable in the slightest. Especially if we can't treat ourselves every once in awhile.

But if cutting out gluten is going to help reduce the discomfort I have from an itching, flaking, scalp. so be it.⁣ If it will reduce the shame I have from brushing off my powdered and flaked covered shirt, so be it.⁣

You see, making the switch over to vegan was a no brainer for me for the sake of the animals and for the sake of the environment.⁣ So why wouldn’t I take my own health as seriously?⁣

I'm emotional about it and I don’t even know why. But as I sit here scratching my head and brushing my shoulder, I know that I have to at least give it my best effort.⁣

I’ll accomplish this impossible task and lifestyle change the same way I ran a marathon as “someone who hates running”. I’ll accomplish this impossible task the same way I grew my business in a global pandemic. I’ll accomplish this impossible task the same way I do everything.⁣⁣

I’ll accomplish this impossible task because it’s not impossible. People have done it and are doing it. It’s possible for them, why wouldn’t it be possible for me?⁣

And for those of you who asked, yes 1000000% I'm remaining vegan! I went vegan for the animals and the environment but why am I going gluten free? For me.

Amanda Jane Snyder is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, and Mindset Coach living in Brooklyn, NY. She has been vegan for 4 years. She specializes in Strength and Conditioning for Actors, Singers and Dancers.

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Amanda is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Lifestyle/Mindset Coach! In the midst of the ever-changing fitness industry chock full of fad diets, Amanda uses her program ForeverFit to help clients find true success through habit change, routine, and making health and fitness apart of their LIFESTYLE! Amanda is powered by plants!

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