WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 156 "I have definitely seen people lose weight on this diet," says Keator, but it's more likely because they are cutting out carbohydrates, not gluten. Readers who responded to a Huffpost Healthy Living article entitled "Should You Go Gluten-Free?" were overwhelmingly positive about the diet. One reader wrote, "Quite honestly it's getting a little boring listening to the supposed adverse effects of going gluten-free. Since cutting gluten from my diet, I actu- ally eat more vegetables, fruits, and nuts since I choose not to substitute at all times with gluten-free products." Another reader noted, "Eliminating most gluten has greatly helped my immune system. I have also finally figured out the root of the chronic constipation that has plagued me my entire life … My naturopath is the one who convinced me to try going gluten- free and saved my life ultimately. Gluten sensitivities are not picked up by standard testing. It is only through eliminating it that one can tell if it helps them." A woman who identified herself as a certified holistic nutritionist touted the diet, saying she was more qualified to offer advice than the average dietitian "who often tends to recommend outdated dietary advice based on flawed 'science' as well as cookie-cutter advice." One thing is certain: If you have celiac disease or NCGS, you benefit from the increased number and variety of gluten-free foods you can find in local grocery stores. An advisory board member of the New England Celiac Organization and a celiac patient herself, Carla Carter was diag- nosed when she was still in college. She is now 33 years old. She talks about feeling "out of place and isolated" because of her dietary restric- tions. Now she's grateful that a variety of products exist, and you can get them from Amazon and at Roche Bros., Whole Foods, and other stores. Overall, local experts encourage you to think twice before making a major lifestyle change and switching to a gluten-free diet. They all that the decision is best made after talking with your doctor or a nutritionist. C H A R L I E A J A / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M Along with doctors, she stresses that if you suspect that you have celiac disease, make sure you have your doctor perform blood and other tests on you before you cut out gluten. That's because the tests will not show that you have celiac disease if you stop eating gluten beforehand. Ginny Keator, a local certified health coach, who estimates that 15 percent of her clients are on a gluten-free diet, says it's much more important to cut out processed food than to go gluten free. If you are having digestive or other problems you think may be related to gluten, she suggests an elimination diet. This means you should go gluten-, dairy-, soy-, and peanut- free for four weeks and slowly add different foods back in to see what is causing your symptoms. Another thing to consider is that while the number of gluten-free foods offered at local grocery stores has exploded over the past few years, it comes at a cost: These items are much more expensive than traditional food products. In addition, many of them are highly processed and can be high in calories, fat, and carbohydrates. Despite reluctance from the medical establishment, going gluten- free is more popular than ever, and people who are not diagnosed with celiac disease or NCGS, but suspect they are sensitive to gluten, report that they are losing weight, feeling better, and even having skin prob- lems clear up after cutting out gluten. "overwhelmingly positive" fitness & health

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