Food fetishist alert–go gluten free

We have all kinds of food nuts. I first was made aware of the gluten free fad when jail inmates started claiming they needed gluten free diets–their goal was a better menu. More fish, less baloney. Ain’t gonna happen.

My grandma was lactose intolerant, and as a physician I am aware of celiac disease, which is about gluten digestion and bowel problems from gluten intolerance, but then there are the anxious and the obsessive/compulsives that just have to fuss about food.

They would fuss less if they had something to do with their time and extra energy.

As for me, I am busy and I like barbeeque (Texas and KC, not NC) and beer and I don’t like people who ask for special treatment at restaurants and treat eating like some kind of complicated mystical adventure that will promote wonderfulness and avoid poisoning from evil spirits.

Get a life. If you don’t have celiac disease eat some wheat stuff, balanced diet. Move on, do something besides obsessing about what goes in the pie hole.

Mostly ignore the food fetishists, all the preachers who have special food to promote, and for sure avoid the Chiros and the health food stores–then you’ll have more time to do useful things, like adopt the Mediterranean diet, another silly obsession.

I do like to eat Italian though. And Cajun. And German. And Mexican. And Redneck. And even French when I can get someone else to pay.

I am the oldest of a family of ten kids–I know how important it is to be cooperative and acquisitive at the dinner table. Eat what’s in front of you is a good rule.

Now helicopter moms fix multiple meals for kid fetishists. Stupid. My father was a physician raised a poor farmer’s son who knew a little about depression hard times, and he had a good plan for eliminating food fetishes–eat this or don’t eat.

5 responses to “Food fetishist alert–go gluten free

  1. Diet crazes always amuse me. The first place I heard about the gluten free obsession was the paleo diet which blames every ailment from tooth decay to cancer on eating “unnatural” foods that came into our diets after the agricultural revolution thousands of years ago. I can’t help laughing knowing that includes everything we eat but a few nuts and berries that have changed very little from their wild counterparts.

  2. I am the most unlikely person to believe in food sensitives, yet I have them. The worst for me is dairy, and I love all types of cheese. It has nothing to do with lactose btw.

    There have been too many food challenges to ignore this. And, isnt science showing that altering your gut bacteria by what you eat, can cause a number of issues?

  3. If it hurts you, don’t eat it! You haven’t discovered the key to eternal life. Stop selling it to fad chasers. I’m a “type 11”. I got it because I allowed my parents to get it; not because I did anything else wrong. I eat few carbs and less sugar. I won’t live forever on this diet and neither would you, but I may live long enough to be shot by an enraged husband in my dotage.

  4. For some, it is not possible to eat what is placed on the plate. In essence I agree with comments about gluten free diets. If you do not have celiac disease there is no need to avoid the products that have gluten. However, I am talking about common food and ingredients.

    It is not at all pleasant to end up driving the porcelain bowl because there is tomato or its derivative in a food, and yes I am talking dried tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce (ketchup to you) etc. etc. It is just as bad where cucumber is concerned… and mayonnaise is on the “bad” list too.. with orange juice being a recent addition. Tomato is often the hidden ingredient and that means having to read the labels to avoid purchasing food items that have that hidden food.

    The issue seems to be acid production. Some people believe that cucumbers are not acidic but are alkaline… that is nonsense….. a chip that has been touched by the juice of a cucumber can cause the extreme nauseous reaction that leads to driving the porcelain bowel.

    I do not follow any diets because most of them rely on such things as tomato and cucumber. This is an absolute affliction!!

    I know a few people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease and one person who has a wheat allergy. They manage their disease. I have tried some gluten free products but I do not like paying the higher prices for the privilege.

    The example I give here is of a person who would not eat tomato as a youngster but who used to eat spaghetti etc. until eventually these products could not be tolerated as a young adult. The problem just got worse and worse as the feeling of nausea became the real thing, and i hate that because it hurts so much!!

  5. Maram Zamakhchari and other researchers at Boston University and collaborating sites investigated whether bacteria present in the mouth can play a role in breaking down gluten. Two bacterial species present in the normal oral flora are able to degrade gluten. The species Rothia mucilaginosa is found in the mouth and the intestines while R. aeria is only found in the mouth.
    Patients with celiac disease have an increased incidence of Sjogren’s syndrome, which features decreased mouth saliva, and suggests that oral digestion could be related to developing celiac disease.
    “Identification of Rothia Bacteria as Gluten-Degrading Natural Colonizers of the Upper Gastro-Intestinal Tract.”
    Pending further research, a sort of vaccination against celiac disease presents itself: kiss omeone who doesn’t have the disease.

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