Food for Thought

More and more people are eliminating certain foods—such as gluten and dairy—from their diet to feel fit. Is it right for you?

About the Author

Gluten-free. Lactose intolerant. Celiac Disease. Crohn’s Disease. These now buzzworthy dietary issues have been cropping up all over the place. Know what your body needs as well as what makes you feel less than performance worthy or what makes you feel like a rock star.

Not a Glutton for Gluten?

Does eating pasta make you sick to your stomach? Have you tried eliminating gluten from your diet? There are entire gluten-free sections in grocery stores, and more and more people are touting the benefits of being gluten-free.

Just think back to the Olympics! Many competing athletes at the games had gluten-free diets.

However, carbohydrates are an important source of energy, so if you do not need to be gluten-free, keep it in your diet.

Dairy Deduction

The same line of thinking goes for possible dairy intolerances. However, for some people, having yogurt—because of the active cultures—can actually lessen the difficulties of eating other types of lactose-laden foods. Drinking kefir—a type of yogurt drink—also has the reputation of helping with lactose intolerance.

Also if you have a cold, decrease or eliminate your dairy because it can inflame your symptoms. Playing an instrument while being sick is never fun, so boost your immune system by increasing vitamin C instead. Red peppers, parsley, and broccoli have several times more vitamin C than an orange!

Personal Experimentation

When dealing with intolerances, eliminating foods from your diet and seeing how you feel is generally the best thing to do. It is important to be aware of how you feel as you keep them out or gradually add them back in.

As you remove categories of food, make sure to get all the necessary vitamins, minerals and energy to sustain you throughout your day. Talk to your doctor, or even sometimes an allergy specialist, to ensure that you are getting all the necessary nutrients. Taking a daily vitamin or other supplements can be beneficial as well. Ask your doctor which ones are best for you.

About the author

Haley Greenwald-Gonella

Haley Greenwald-Gonella is a certified registered yoga teacher (200 RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She began dancing at the age of 3 and played flute and bassoon while growing up. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with degrees in dance and English. She has her master’s degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from the University of Southern California. In addition, Haley is a director focusing on technology and innovation in the beauty sector.

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