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I've been meaning to do a post recently about how mad it makes me when people think of a gluten free diet as a weight loss diet. True, not eating bread, pasta, cake, cookies, and pizza will probably make you lose weight. It will also make you healthier. But let me tell you something, this is not a gluten free diet. This is a low carb, low junk food diet.
I'm on a gluten free diet and I can eat bread, pasta, cake, cookies, and pizza too. They are just made with different flours than yours. If you are on a gluten free diet just to lose weight, I do not personally think that all that soy sauce you are eating is the reason you are fat. In fact, many people with celiac disease gain weight once they go on a gluten free diet because their stomach starts to heal and they are able to absorb nutrients again. (I have gained weight on this diet, but I'm pretty sure it's because of all the gluten free baking I'm doing, not the stomach healing part. As it turns out, eating 7 gluten free cupcakes is not any better for you than eating 7 regular cupcakes.)
Anyway, I was particularly enraged when I read this article tonight: What We're (Not) Eating. Apparently people with anorexia are claiming to be gluten free and therefore having a seemingly legitimate excuse not to eat many things. This makes me so mad. I would never recommend someone go on a gluten free diet if they didn't have to. While I'm dealing relatively well with the adjustment to a gluten free lifestyle, the fact that people are pretending to have a gluten intolerance as an excuse not to eat is infuriating. Please don't use my disease as a cover up for yours. They are not the same.