Diets often have a life cycle similar to fashion trends: They start off strong and gain widespread attention when driven by outlandish weight-loss promises, multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns, and often celebrity endorsements. Although appealing in the beginning, these diets eventually run their course, lose their popularity, show no sign of longevity, and are archived as the diet craze of a particular year.
Then there are other diets that are designed to be undertaken for a specific period of time to help correct a particular health issue, and once the goal is achieved, the diet is often modified or indefinitely shelved. But a gluten-free diet is different to either of these types. Neither a “here today, gone tomorrow” food industry phenomenon, nor a short-term corrective health measure, a gluten-free diet marks a dramatic shift in how we promote, regulate, and maintain good health.
Indeed, a gluten-free diet may be a matter of choice for those who say they feel better living without gluten, or at least less of it. But if you have to entirely eradicate gluten from your diet for medical reasons as prescribed by your doctor, the diet is not a choice. For those living with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, the prescription or “cure” is a gluten-free diet, period. Following the diet is not optional, but mandatory and not just for a period of time, but for life. No need to despair, though! Your cure will not be malicious to the body, as other treatments for disease can be. In fact, it can bring new vitality to your life in ways you never imagined if you have an open mind, flexible palate, and positive attitude.
As a gluten-free diet becomes a way of life for generations to come, this relatively new way of eating will stand the test of time, continuing to make significant history along the way. So, what’s ahead for you?