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Gluten free: health fad or life saving diet?

Wheat, the staff of life, has been used by nearly every major civilization since the dawn of time, or at least the last 9000 years. This isn’t necessarily a good indicator that something is good for you.   Have you ever been told to avoid eating gluten or wheat products? An estimated 1 in 100 people in the UK and in Europe has celiac disease. However, only about 24% of people with the condition are clinically diagnosed It is estimated that 83% of Americans who have celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed with other conditions. Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, it is not a food allergy or an intolerance. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Some people with coeliac disease are also sensitive to oats. Damage to the gut lining occurs on eating gluten. The average length of time taken for someone to be diagnosed with the disease from the onset of symptoms is a staggering 13 years. There is no cure for the condition; the only treatment is lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. If a gluten-free diet is not followed, the disease can ultimately lead to…

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The Tribe of Sisterhood and The Power of The Circle of Women

Girl Friend Power, not Will power is the key to success with your health goals.   For many women, social support and accountability are essential to successful weight loss and management.   Let me give you the science according to a new study by the University of Illinois. For the study, 23 women participated in a weight loss program that reduced their food consumption by 500 calories per day. Eating more vegetables, planning ahead, and portion control were emphasized. About a year and a half after they’d finished, they participated in focus groups to determine which factors helped or hindered their weight loss. “All of the women lost a significant amount of weight on the program, but many were unsuccessful at maintaining it after the program ended,” said researcher Catherine J. Metzgar, R.D., L.D.N. Those who did keep the weight off reported that a high level of social support from many sectors was critical in their success. This is true of the women in our programmes,  they didn’t find that accountability to themselves was so important, but having support from others was — just having that social support from someone who was going through the same experience. What this study…

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