Celiac disease is a serious condition but it is one that can be managed through a healthy diet. In addition to removing gluten from your diet, you may also find it helpful to switch to eating raw foods. Keep reading to learn more.
Prevalence of Celiac Disease
In keeping up with recent health and fitness trends, I have seen a lot of talk about celiac disease. It is not that the disease is becoming more common (1 in 133 people have it), but medical professionals are starting to learn more about it so they are making more accurate diagnoses.
I have dealt with my own health issues in the past and have always found that no matter what the problem is, eating healthy tends to improve my mental clarity as well as my health. This is definitely the case with celiac disease because the symptoms of the disease are exacerbated by poor diet – namely the consumption of gluten-containing foods.
To manage celiac disease you can do more than just stop eating gluten, however – you can also take the initiative to switch to a raw food diet.
Raw Food Diet for Celiac Disease
If you don’t already know much about the raw food diet, it can seem a little extreme at first. Many people assume that they will be resigned to a life of munching carrots and apples, never enjoying a truly satisfying meal again. The raw food diet is based mainly on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make some of your favorite dishes.
There are ways to make cookies, sandwiches and even burgers while following the raw food diet! Though “raw” is part of the title, you can cook foods to a max temperature of 115°F using a special device called a food dehydrator.
Gluten, the element that causes problems for individuals with celiac disease, is a type of protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Unfortunately, many cooked and processed foods contain one or more of these substances which severely limits the number of prepared foods individuals with celiac disease can eat. What this also means, however, is that a raw food diet automatically meets many of the requirements for the gluten-free diet that individuals with celiac disease must follow.
Gluten-free flours like almond flour and coconut flour can be used as a substitute for wheat-based flour and you can enjoy snacks of fruit and veggies instead of processed snack foods. Give it a try and you will discover that there are countless options for gluten-intolerant individuals on the raw food diet!
The raw food diet is just one example of a healthy diet and it is as good a place as any to start. Try it yourself and see what benefits it has for you and for the symptoms of your celiac disease!