Tips to start Gluten free living in Trinidad and Tobago
My life has significantly changed since going gluten free. With a high level of inflammation in my gut due to my dietary choices in my younger self, I had developed a leaky gut, inflammation, joint pains, fatigue, mind fog, allergies, and overcame them all when changing my diet and lifestyle. Removing gluten was one of the key elements to healing alongside other dietary changes and taking part in multiple Nutrition Purification 21 day programs.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Research suggests that it can have pro inflammatory responses in digestive tracts. When humans have elevated inflammation they are more prone to lifestyle disease and circulatory problems.
What does the research suggest for the future?
As the years go by, more and more people will be adopting a gluten free lifestyle. I predict that in 10 years time, 30% of the populations (those seeking good health) will be eating gluten free. This will change how food is grown, processed and sold. Watch this video The gluten free revolution has only just begun. – Dr. Rodney Ford.
What are 5 simple steps that you can happily make NOW for a gluten free lifestyle in Trinidad?
- Eat more whole foods from the earth
Example: Sweet potato, cassava, plantain, quinoa, Zucchini, naturally grown chickens, fish, animal produce, all fruits and vegetables.
- Read every ingredient on labels
Avoid products containing: Wheat, Rye, Gluten, whole wheat, flour, and oats.
3. Replacing common Packaged food items
Many local foods are ‘No No’s for a healthy gluten free lifestyles. Having these foods less than 5 times a year may be okay but when they are consumed weekly, there is cause for concern.
- Roti skin
- Doubles barra
- Shark and bake,
- Bake and cheese,
- White bread,
- Crix, biscuits,
- Pies, pastry, beef arepas
- Cakes & ice cream,
- Fried chicken, pizza
- Sausages, and many sauces in packages.
EATING OUT (How to order Organnick Style)
- Pizza (Zabouca Breads) – Glutenfree and dairyfree (Extra sauce and lots of veggies)
- Burger Joint (Bunless Lamb Burger & Cassava fries OR Grilled chicken strips with cassava fries and salad)
- Chaud Café glutenfree pasta or grilled salmon surrounded with an abundance of vegetables
- Diane’s Tea shop glutenfree (sometimes) English muffins with eggs benedict
- Trotters grilled Mahi with sautéed veggies and mushrooms
- Starlite is great for quick and easy to go mini meals and snacks(hummus, salads, dairy-free dips, sushi, sashimi, protein bites)
- Aeoli market place has awesome sushi, salads, meals and yummies! Vegan and fitness goal focussed meals.
- The Sweet Beet Cafe has a fridge with salads and snacks that are great to take to go, especially on rushed weekends.
- Buzo – Salad and french fries?
- Doubles guy- Channa in a cup is yum!
Things to keep in mind as you try out the gluten free lifestyle
- It doesn’t necessarily mean weight-loss. It does mean reduced inflammation which in turn means better circulation and less visits to the doctor.
- It will not cure diabetes or lifestyle disease but it can significantly reduce symptoms associated with inflammation.
- Chaguanas Bakery Treatz Gluten free breads
- Moys Glutenfree Kitchen 735- 6236 (glutenfree roti, breads etc)
- Hellonutrients – Lunch delivery
Be Aware of Product marketing
Gluten free labelled items do not mean healthy or sugar free and consuming these products do not necessarily mean that you will lose weight. Many products marketed as gluten free are still highly processed so label reading skills will come in handy to choose the best options. Choosing whole foods that are naturally gluten free alongside other nutritional and lifestyle changes can significantly reduce ailment symptoms and nerve pains. Eating whole foods more than processed and refined flour and sugar dense foods will serve your body with more healing than destruction.
To switch to this lifestyle safely and effectively, nutritional guidance is recommended.
I look forward to helping you create a long-lasting, healthy lifestyle. Send me an email if you have any questions.