Six Pillars to Health- How to Eat Gluten Free
When I studied Holistic Lifestyle Coaching we learned the Six Pillars to Health and today I want to share them as I show you how to eat gluten free. You see if you are gluten sensitive, gluten intolerent, have a gluten allergy or have celiac disease the most important part of the journey is returning to health.
The Six Pillars to Health
Thinking – the first pillar to health or really everything we do in life is how we think. James Allen says it best, “A man is literally what he thinks.” You see there are a number of things that you will have to change, take care of, adjust and get used to in your life when going gluten free. Once you have learned the why of your health challenges it will be my guess you will feel like a deer in the head lights. This is where the first pillar comes in when learning how to eat gluten free. You will need to take a moment to realize how you eat, socialize when eating gluten free. I read somewhere that you may want to take a moment to grieve for all the foods that will no longer be included in how you eat. Yet as you grieve for the loss of what you think you are losing also realize there is an opportunity to be grateful! Now you can begin to heal, feel better and simply get on with living because you have eliminated gluten from your diet.
Breathing – now is the time to breathe in new life for you. Take time to breath, (in through the nostrils for the count of 4, hold for the count of 4, and release through pursed lips for the count of 8) This can be a stressful time making the changes and breathing will help you connect with this moment. Realize in this moment you are moving forward to a new life with new opportunities for health and wellbeing. Enjoy this as you learn how to eat gluten free!
Hydration – today so many people are dehydrated. It is important to drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces of water daily. Water for me is clear, colorless, ordorless and tasteless. I hear a lot that the reason water is not the drink of choice is because people don’t like the taste. If you use the definition provided there will be no taste. The easiest way to begin enough drinking water daily it to have 1 glass on getting up in the morning, 1 with each meal and snack, that would be 5 glassess of water, 2 with exercise and finally 1 before bed. (That could be an hour before) Now here is what will want to consider. If you drink no water today, my suggestion is to start a bit more slowly adding water because you will go to the washroom more. The benefit on drinking enough water for hydration when learning how to eat gluten free is many people mistake thirst for hunger. Therefore they are eating when really they are thirsty. If you feel hungry drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes. If you are still hungry then go ahead and eat.
Nutrition – so here we are at the big one for how to eat gluten free! The first step is to realize the most effective way to begin here is to eat real, organic food. Eliminate all packaged foods, this will include most of the sauces, jams, mustards, any spices that have multiple ingredients, instant coffees…here is a link to all foods to be eliminated. It is very important to study this list and check the foods in your house as way to succeed in learning how to eat gluten free. For many this seems to be the most difficult thing to do. The food. When I started this journey I was only going to do 30 days and see how I felt. It has been now a year and a half . Commit to 30 days eating gluten, wheat, and grain free. Make notes daily on how you feel, what you ate, how you energy was that day and any other notes you feel are important. After 30 days re assess. Today amazingly enough I enjoy a higher quality of food, that tastes better, is better for me. This is the part I am grateful for!
Exercise – I wrote about exercise yesterday. It is really important to exercise and including it in your day is simply important for good health.
Sleep – the forgotten health benefit. In today’s world of fast pace, 24 hours lights, never any real darkness in the city sleep is simply not taken as an important factor for health. Robb Wolfe was interviewed a few weeks ago and said if people just got more sleep so many of the health problems today would disappear. So in learning how to eat gluten free we must get more sleep. We need more sleep because this is when the body repairs. Get to sleep by 10:30 pm. Wind down prior to this time. Going to bed at 10:00 and falling asleep at 11:00 doesn’t count. Physical Repair is between 10:00 pm and 2am. After 2am the immune/repair energies are more focused on mental repair, which lasts until we awaken.
So there you have it. The Six Pillars to Health – How to Eat Gluten Free! Begin with your thinking, take the time to grieve, then see what you are grateful for and live in that moment. Move on to breath in the moment, easily and effortlessly. Stay hydrated. Get the list of foods containing gluten, study it and remove all from your kitchen today so you can enjoy quality real food anytime without having to read labels over and over. Just know all the food in your house in gluten free. Exercise! And get a great nights sleep.
As you begin your journey in learning how to eat gluten free start with one of these pillars. Once you feel you have that pillar under control move on to the next. Take the journey is small steps that you can do, succeed and feel good about then do it again with the next pillar of health. Share in the comment section which pillar you will begin working on starting today. I look forward to hearing from you.
Here is the link to Dr. Osborne’s – 7 Essential Habits of a Gluten Free Warrior free video series
Let today be your day! Talk soon,
Ps here is a FREE link to James Allens book “As a Man Thinketh”