Article: Is Gluten Making Us Fat?

Here is a good article about gluten that I ran across a few months ago and have been meaning to post…

Is Gluten Making Us Fat?

Aside from the topic of the title, it is good overall article about gluten.  It is worth sharing with some who wants to know about eating gluten free.

What do you think about the article?  Specifically, about weight loss/gain?

I am used to hearing people talk about losing weight when switching to a gluten free diet.  This may be true as people go through the learning cure.  People who switch 2 a gluten free diet typically cut almost everything out of their diet and have trouble finding things to eat.

I believe weight loss or weight gain has nothing to do with eating gluten free, but comes from the overall problem of this country… overeating.

Yes, gluten is found in most carbohydrate-rich foods, but it is not the root cause for gaining weight.

Once I figured out what contained gluten and what did not, I just went back to eating huge portions of gluten free things.  I still craved fat and salt, like most people, and overate in those areas.  I still gained weight.  People will find a way around anything to satisfy a craving or continue doing what is normal to them… overeating.  I could simply substitute corn for flour, and bingo!  Overeating is the root cause.  It is simple calories in vs. calories out, no matter the diet restrictions.

So you may lose weight in the beginning, but once you figure out the diet, you will be back to your old habits.  Losing weight is a lifestyle change: cut portions and increase activity.  Cutting portions as first can be hard, so start with filling yourself with low-carb and natural foods.  Overeat on lettuce and vegetables.  You’ll probably have to eat more often since you are used that full feeling and not having to eat until the next meal or two away.

OK, time to end my rant… I’m getting too much into weight loss and away from gluten… plus, I’m not the model or perfect health, but at least I admit it and think I understand why and how to fix it.

Gluten Free Fried Foods

One thing I miss the most is fried foods.  You know- all those breaded and fried appetizers at restaurants… chicken tenders, cheese sticks, jalapenos, mushrooms, the list goes on and on.  We aren’t even supposed to eat the french fries since they are fried in the same oil as rest of these amazing foods. I have heard of a few restaurants that will clean out a fryer and replace the oil just for someone with celiac(this is rare), AND I know of one place in St. Louis with a dedicated gluten free fryer: Corner Pub & Grill!

I have figured out a way to get my fix at home.  I can now make breaded buffalo chicken tenders and other fried goodies!

I’m not a chef, or close to be calling myself a “good cook,” but I can find my way around the kitchen and figure some things out on my own.  When I mention on Twitter (@switch2gf) that I made some fried food, I always get questions on how I did it.  It is pretty simple!

What you need:

  • Chicken (Can be substituted for anything else you want.  I also fry shrimp frequently.)
  • Corn Meal  (Some people use corn starch, but I like the texture of corn meal better.)
  • Olive Oil
  • Egg
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My Ingredients

Optional:

  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, garlic salt
  • Cheese
  • Hot sauce

Preparation Steps:

  1. Cut chicken into slices- size of your choice.
  2. Beat egg into a bowl.
  3. Mix corn meal and other seasonings into separate bowl.
  4. Heat oil in pan.
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Ready to go!

Cooking Steps:

  1. Dip chicken in egg.
  2. Cover egg covered chicken in corn meal and other seasonings.
  3. Place into pan with oil.
  4. Rotate and cook until golden.
  5. Add cheese- if you want to make it a little more unhealthy, but GOOD.
  6. You could stop here, but I like to add some hot sauce.
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Almost ready!

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With cheese!

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Ready to Serve!

BAM!  You’re done.  From the time I start getting read to the time I am completely cleaned up and eating is under 20min.  What a great, easy, and quick meal!

Please share your feedback, variations and photos.  I will add your recipes and photos to this article.

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