Can you ever think of going two days without naan or chapatti? Or just think about living without pizza for life. Okay, please don’t start whining, it probably hasn’t happened to you yet. But have you ever met someone with this interesting yet hard to live with a disease called the ‘celiac disease’? The torture of living without roti is too real for them.
What Is The Celiac Disease?
Celiac is basically a condition whereby your body becomes super sensitive to foods that contain gluten. So if you even consider eating that slice of pizza chupkay chupkay, your immune system would immediately react to it. Hence, even a bit of gluten would cause an inflammation in the small intestine, for anyone with the celiac disease. There are also people with gluten sensitivity, those who may not be suffering from the celiac disease. For these individuals, a gluten-free diet may not necessarily be needed but those with the celiac disease just cannot do without it. And there is no proven cure for this, so it’s a life-long restriction.
What Is A Gluten-Free Diet?
By now you might be clear about the fact that no gluten means no pizza and no roti. All foods and drinks that contain barley, wheat and rye are a big no. Hence, all sorts of bread, cereals, pasta, cookies, and cakes are strictly prohibited, unless and until they are labeled as ‘gluten-free’ which is rarely the case in Pakistani grocery shops and eateries. Ask a waiter if that white sauce pasta is free from gluten and he would stare at you as if you have asked him the solution to a calculus problem. Since wheat and forms of flour are a no-no, for some individuals the gluten sensitivity is such to the extent that if certain gluten-free foods are fried in the same oil as bread products, a reaction may be triggered.
Does Gluten Free Diet Lead To Weight Loss?
The answer is, yes. For many individuals who went on a gluten-free diet, reported to have lost some pounds. But that is pretty much understandable. Because you are cutting down on so many staple foods, such as bread and pasta. The gluten-free diet basically does restrict your intake of junk food as well, so when you stop binging on burgers and pizza every weekend and would rather restrict yourself to pulaao wale chaawal, of course, you would lose weight. You are opting for fresh fruits, veggies and other foods that are low in calories, hence yes. You can certainly try a gluten-free diet, but is it easy to do so?
Is It A Challenge?
For those whose bodies aren’t gluten-sensitive, the gluten-free diet is certainly a great challenge because your bodies won’t exactly trigger a reaction if you choose to go on a cheat day and that is what would keep you less motivated than those who fall sick instantly as soon as the gluten hits their bellies. But if you stick to it, you would find many alternatives for gluten-free foods at departmental stores that and there you can check for labels on the packaging that denote whether or not the product is free from gluten or nah.