Being gluten free on the 4 Hour Body slow carb diet
Well, I figured since I haven’t mentioned it before, and it’s been coming up in some recent Tweets, I’d write a quick post for celiacs, or those who are living on a gluten free diet.
It can be daunting enough to change to such a regime, but then to consider changing again, to another food-limiting way of eating could be enough to put people off.
I really want to make it clear that staying gluten free on the 4 Hour Body Diet is very easy. In actual fact, I find myself more relaxed, and more at ease with meals and food in general. I’m not sure if it’s a common experience, but since going gluten free 5 years ago, I find that I have a mild anxiety around meals, or more specifically, if I’m not going to be able to eat one due to food not being available, bad planning, etc. It means that at times, I can be the crazy one asking ‘but where are we having dinner’ at 11am in the morning. Not fun, but for me, it’s a critical aspect of my day. I can’t just grab a sandwich on the road, and salads don’t replace the carbs lost to the (invisible) bread.
So, moving to the slow carb diet gluten free was a challenge for me, mentally. But once I checked through some food lists, I was comfortable enough to start. Realistically, it changes the ball-game in a big way, because Kat and I are both eating the same things, which means stocking the house with a much smaller variety of food – which means it’s easier, there’s less hassle and less stress. We also don’t have to play who’s-knife-was-in-the-butter or any other cross-contamination-avoidance games. Brilliant! And I feel like Kat having to manage food selection actually gives us another thing in common, as bizarre as that sounds.
So, rather than being concerned with what odd gluten free carbs I can get quickly, without labouring over rice, or opting to go ‘easy’ and lose the complex-carb benefits (ie corn flakes), I am now happy, knowing that my meals are planned, effectively, for the entire week, before I even start thinking about food. I just go to the cupboard and the fridge, and can basically blindly grab something, without the anxiety. And eating out, both Kat and I are having to make choices with menus, and most slow carb is also gluten-free. Win-win.
Are you on a gluten free diet, and starting the slow carb Four Hour Body diet? I’d love to hear your thoughts – leave me a comment!