I have superstars on my mind. And the gowns they're going to squeeze into for the Grammys and Oscars this February. This time of year more than ever they're asked, "Who are you wearing? What did you do to lose weight? What fad diet did you go on to get into that dress?" We seem to really care about that. What they say and do is something we identify with.
Celebrities wield their influence and media outlets go gaga over celebs endorsing their gluten-free choices. Grocery stores have whole aisles dedicated to gluten-free products which are great for those of us who depend on gluten-free eating for health reasons. But who are these celebrities, what are their reasons for deleting gluten from their diet? In the name of fun, let's see which gluten-free personality you identify with most and if you would like it would be awesome if you would share your reasons why in the comments below.
We all have a story; whose story can you relate to? Now that gluten has become a buzzword in the food/diet/health industries many people are avoiding gluten for all kinds of reasons. Whose stories are similar to yours?
1. Emmy Rossum: Celiac, but can't live without carbs Rossum admits to always being gluten-free for a number of reasons, one of which is to avoid snacking on foods that in theory would only help you her to gain unwanted weight. The actress admits there are times when she just can't take it anymore. One day she tweeted, "Sometimes I miss gluten so much I just need to SMELL it. #allergic #glutenfree," She admits to the occasional crème brulé craving and refuses to let go of her carefully chosen carbs; brown rice, potatoes and quinoa because without them she's hungry all the time.
2. Jennifer Esposito: Celiac Disease turned into business The actress turned bakery owner and Celiac disease advocate spent many, many years suffering from stomach aches to frightening panic attacks and hair loss. The doctor visits were too numerous to mention but finally she got the Celiac Disease diagnosis. Her recovery and health are thanks to major changes in diet and eliminating gluten completely. She is now owner of a New York GF bakery and uses her celebrity to raise Celiac awareness.
3. Zooey Deschanel: Celiac, originally misdiagnosed with IBS and Stress Actress Deschanel says she felt unwell most of her life and guesstimates at least 13 years before realizing how sick she felt and her diagnosis. Many of the symptoms can be misinterpreted as IBS, or the strains of a busy life. She can't eat dairy, eggs, wheat or gluten and contrary to popular belief she is not vegan or vegetarian.
4. Miley Cyrus: The Flip Flop Miley Cyrus believes in the gluten-free, lactose-free eating plan recently tweeting about the effects on her figure as she defended herself against comments that she had an eating disorder. She tweeted, "For everyone calling me anorexic, I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is cr@pppp anyway!' That's in one moment, in another Miley moment she is obsessing over pizza with gluten and cheese...hmmm.
5. Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Celiac and the self-diagnosis TV Personality and cast member of "Survivor" 2001, Elisabeth Hasselbeck was pain-free for the first time after being forced not to eat gluten/wheat during the show. It took her a while after her return from the show, but she finally figured out on her own that there was a correlation with gluten and being sick. After much research, she diagnosed herself as having celiac disease, something she was not able to get doctors to diagnose earlier. Hasselbeck went gluten-free for good in 2003.
6. Heidi Collins: A lifetime before diagnosis Doctors said it was stress... but the news anchor for CNN, was finally diagnosed with Celiac disease over six years ago. Collins says she has had digestive issues for over 20 years. She can recall several events that she had to either cancel entirely or leave due to feeling so ill. For years she was told her symptoms were related to stress, but since adopting a gluten-free diet she feels better than ever.
7. Mariel Hemingway: The Health Advocate Not allergic or celiac but sensitive Mariel is an avid health advocate. Hemingway says a family history of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as her grandfather Ernest Hemingway's massive struggle with depression and alcoholism forced her into a practical and conscious plan for healthy living that is not only about food but about taking care of your whole self.
8. Victoria Beckham: To be fit and slim....and sensitivity Victoria Beckham, wife of soccer star, David Beckham, insists that her body has a problem breaking down gluten which is why she gains weight easily. So she stays fit and slim by following a gluten-free diet. The British fashion icon says that gluten causes her metabolism issues and problems maintaining her desired weight.
9. Jessica Simpson: Wheat/Gluten Intolerance Actress and businesswoman Jessica Simpson states that she cannot properly digest wheat products. The gluten found in most wheat causes severe inflammation in her stomach, and she has had ulcers develop in the past as a result. By staying away from high carbohydrate wheat products she's able to maintain her slim shape as well.
About 1 in 130 people suffer from celiac disease. For them, gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction that causes pain, bloating and damages the small intestine and/or liver which can lead to very serious health issues. On the other hand, an estimated 6 percent of the population suffers from non-celiac gluten sensitivity. For them pain and bloating are common reactions that can interfere with their general well-being but there is no threat of damage to the liver or intestines.
Can you guess which I am most like? I would say Jennifer Esposito because I opened a gluten-free factory like she did her own bakery and we both use what we know to educate.
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