I promised myself when I created this blog that I would not use this as a venue to vent. But every situation in life can be used as a learning experience and if I learn something new, I have to share with my readers. I will do my best to present you guys only with the facts and not my personal opinion.
I am not knocking anyone who is over weight, everyone has their personal struggles that they have to overcome. However, that is not my struggle for many reasons that I openly discuss with anyone who listens. I always try to drop tidbits of information about workout regiments or how to eat healthy in a practical way. Well today I was told by an obese woman I was doing it wrong and the way I eat will catch up with me when I get older. Based on my understanding she has a gluten allergy. Fine, I am very familiar with the diet change that comes with being gluten free. So I asked knowledge based questions about how she is adjusting because, I, myself, do struggle with certain food allergies. Though, it doesn’t stop me from eating anything! I like food way too much to not eat my apples and peanut butter. Anyway, I asked her how she gets her insoluble fiber. (BTW, insoluble fibers have a laxative effect and add bulk to the diet, helping prevent constipation. It is important for a healthy colon, so having an adequate amount is important to ANY diet.) The best source of insolubles are whole grain, whole wheat, bran, barely, cornmeal, etc, all which based on HER rules of a gluten free diet is prohibited. Okay, so I would never suggest anyone with a condition to eat something that would be harmful. To each their own, right? But no, I was told I and everybody else could get enough fiber with just fruits and vegetables (as she eats her bag of Cheetos). There are many things wrong with this statement. Though there are certain fruits and vegetables that have insoluble fiber but the amount of fruits and vegetables anyone would have to eat to reach the minimum of 30 grams isn’t practical. You’re probably asking how can someone with a gluten free diet take in enough fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system? Well, contrary to beliefs of this particular lady, there are many great insoluble fibers that are gluten free, such as, cornmeal, buckwheat and popcorn. A healthy diet is a complete versatile diet. There are many ways to receive all the nutrients the body needs but it is important to do research.
This situation today actually will tie in greatly with my next post. Though I do not completely know everything about her condition, it is important to for everyone to do proper research before starting any diet; whether it be for a documented health reasons, to lose weight or to be healthier.