Reasons Why We Love Gluten Free (And You Should, Too!)

Happy Friday! You’ve made it through another week!

To kick off the weekend, I’ve got a post about GLUTEN! My friends over at the Little Aussie Bakery were kind enough to write up a very informational post about the gluten-free diet.

Hello “In Shape Cupcake” readers! We are Rita Sturzbecher & John Apostolovic, owners of the Little Aussie Bakery & Café, a 100% gluten free bakery in San Antonio, Texas. We and our five children have been living a gluten-free lifestyle for over 40 years, and are living proof of the benefits of this amazing lifestyle! If you like what you read, please visit us at www.thelittleaussiebakery.com. And a big “Thank You” to Audrey for inviting us to write this post on her blog!

“Do I really need to go gluten-free? It’s so difficult!”

There it is – such tiny question with such huge implications. Running a 100% gluten free bakery, it’s a question we get asked pretty often. If we had the time we could give day-long lectures on the subject! Luckily, we’re usually too busy baking up delicious gluten-free treats for Little Aussie Bakery & Café. So, we’ll give a short outline of the most important reasons why you should go gluten free.

If you have Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, the reason for cutting the gluten is pretty obvious–your body is attacking it! But what if you don’t? Is going gluten free really a good idea for everyone? Here at the Little Aussie Bakery & Café, we say “yes!” A gluten-free diet can be beneficial to anyone, even those without a diagnosed allergy or sensitivity (and we can attest to the results—we’ve been living gluten free as a family for nearly 40 years).

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In the words of Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, modern wheat is a “perfect, chronic poison.” Over the past half century, it has been genetically modified to contain higher levels of gluten than ever possible in its natural state. Even if we eat the same number of slices of bread or pieces of cake that our grandparents did way back when, we are now ingesting up to five times more gluten per serving. And that doesn’t take into account the fact that many bakers add extra raw gluten to the product!

Still not convinced? OK, let’s go so far as to say that your body is super gluten-resistant and can handle even extremely extraordinary amounts of the substance. You now have to deal with another chemical that has been added to modern wheat: the gliadan protein. It’s added to wheat to increase crop yield and lengthen shelf life. Sounds harmless enough, right? Until you realize that gliadan is an opiate, specifically one that stimulates the appetite. Ever wonder why you get such cravings for bread? Gliadan binds to the opiate receptors in your brain and stimulates your appetite!

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Alright, that’s enough scare tactics for the moment. Let’s talk about the good things that can happen when you go gluten-free. First of all, you’ll be eating a more natural diet and have fewer cravings which means that you could lose weight (despite the fact that gluten-free products may have slightly more calories). We’ve heard stories from our customers of losing more than 80 pounds just by switching to a gluten-free diet! Other effects we’ve heard from our customers include better management of diabetes, increased energy, lessening or complete loss of the symptoms of arthritis, depression, IBS, Chrohn’s, Hashimoto’s, seasonal and pet allergies, and much more! We’ve even heard stories of people slowing and even reversing their hair loss!

Most people notice that they feel better after only a month or two on a gluten-free diet, so if you’re not sure, take the gluten-free challenge! Just cut out gluten for 30 days–we guarantee you’ll see (and feel) what we’re talking about! Why not kick off your new life with a box of free gluten-free treats from the Little Aussie Bakery & Café? Just pay the actual cost of shipping-click here to order. To your health & prosperity!

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-Rita Sturzbecher & John Apostolovic, The Little Aussie Bakery & Café.

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Questions from Audrey:

  • Do you eat gluten-free?
  • What’s your favorite thing about eating gluten free?
  • Would you go gluten free for 30 days?
  • What are you plans this weekend!?
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How I Ruined My Relationship With My Body + How I’m Fixing It

Hey guys! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Michelle over twitter and decided I would love for her to do a guest post on ISC today!

Michelle blogs over at Skinny Mitchy, which focuses on wellness, nutrition, fashion, beauty, and so much more. She’s here today to tell you a little her past eating disorder and how she’s choosing to fix it.

I struggled with an eating disorder for the past 2 years, although I am starting to find my balance, I’m not really there yet. It’s ironic because it all started when I decided to fix my eating and be more “healthy”. The past two years, I’ve struggled with anorexia, binge eating and bulimia. I felt shameful, guilty, depressed. I felt disgusted in my own body, but the worst part is feeling helpless.

When I first started recovery for my disordered eating, I had lost about 45 pounds weighed about 115 at 5″6. I was never underweight, but I was severely sick. I stopped getting my period, my blood pressure was severely low and in terms of nutrition, I was very malnourished. The recovery process had me gaining weight quick, I was putting on 2-3 pounds a week, and this sent my stress levels to the sky. I became so cruel to myself. I wouldn’t accept any compliments and refused to believe them, I would stand in front of the mirror and cry because I hated what was looking back at me. I gave up a big part of my social life because I was too ashamed to be seen in my new, healthier, 145 lbs body.

When I first lost the weight, I had many people congratulate me, they told me how proud they were and how they wish they had my motivation and dedication. They were all so amazed at how healthy I had become, but little did they know… that wasn’t the case. To this day, I still feel the pressure to stay thin because I’m terrified of what people will think or say. I’ll look like a failure, far from what they had thought I was.

.. But I’m so tired, I’m tired of constantly being unhappy, failing to recognize the blessings I have. I’m sick of comparing myself to every girl who I was past. I’m 18 years old, and I’m making a choice to release the stress and psychological abuse that I have inflicted on myself. I deserve more. I started applying 3 key things that helped me make peace with myself and I want to share them with everyone. These tips may not relate to you if you don’t suffer from disordered eating, but you may know someone who does.

1) “You’re not a mannequin”

I stopped focusing on the physical aspect of myself, as much as possible I stopped paying attention to the space between my thighs, the size of my stomach, I stopped feeling for the definition of my collarbones. I told myself that I wasn’t a mannequin, there is more to me than what is seen. I was so worried what people would think about my physical appearance, but instead I should let them judge me based on my inner traits, because those are the things that define me.

2) Don’t punish yourself with exercise

I stopped punishing myself with exercise, I decided to give myself a break. I didn’t want to exercise out of guilt, but instead do it because I want to take care of myself. I used to workout everyday.. even with a small caloric intake, I did it because I wanted to burn off anything I could possibly put on, which I realize now is really unhealthy. Today, I exercise 4 times a week max… I don’t tell myself I have to.. sometimes I’ll go a week without exercise. I do it to feel good and strong, not as a punishment or a chore.

3) Don’t cut out any food groups. Moderation is key

I stopped cutting out food groups. I eat everything from every group. This way, I don’t end up binging on something because of the deprivation I put myself through. I noticed that whenever I try to cut out carbs or fat, I end up going crazy and eating everything in sight, which then leads to feelings of guilt and depression. Eating a balanced diet, without cutting out any food group helped me fight binging. I have a little something from every food group at each meal, this way I’m feeding my body what it needs. It isn’t starving for something specific because I fed it properly.

Everyone’s path to healing may be different, but if you truly want to get better, you’ll find a way. All you have to do is open your mind. Your body knows where it needs to be, so listen to it. You’ll see that your best body, life and peace of mind will appear before you. 

– Michelle

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Questions from Audrey:

  • Have you ever struggled with an eating disorder?
  • What do you do to take care of your body?