Okay, allow me to start by saying that gluten is a staple in our diet such as protein and vegetables but how can you expect to develop your immune system without it?
Gluten is an amino acid which is a simplified form of protein. It’s not an essential amino acid so on paper, we don’t need it in our diet. However, we need to start giving our bodies more credit by putting gluten back into our diet.
Before you do this, ensure that do not have a gluten intolerance. You need to visit your physician for this.
Gluten is found in wholegrain carbohydrate sources such as wheat. Many of you may opt to consume bread, wheat based cereals or a generous bowl of pasta during your cheat meal once each week. This is what I do because I find that starchy vegetables such as potatoes and parsnips are a much more effective form of energy for my body.
Some of you will probably consume gluten on a regular basis. However, you don’t need to overdo this as starchy vegetables are still dominant over other sources of starchy foods. I would still only eat bread during a cheat meal because it’s rapid digestion rate will spike your insulin level. This can make you feel tired, increase cravings and not provide you with a great source of energy.
We are designed to eat starch in the winter. Amulase, a digestive enzyme responsible for breaking down carbohydrates, is higher in the fall to prepare our bodies for winter. For the best breakdown of starchy products, December and January are when your starchy carbohydrate intake should be at its highest.
To eat seasonally, the summer is the time to consume more fruit and less starch. If you become conscious of this and pay attention to your cravings, you may notice your body following this pattern naturally.