After reading some articles online recently and from my own observations, I decided to write this post based on some curiosities I‘ve had lately. I do not mean to offend anyone and criticizing someone else’s diet is not my intention at all. I just wanted to present a topic for discussion to you all and find out your opinions and feedback. I hope this post will create an open forum for respectful conversation.
Things seem to spread around the blog world like wild fire. Green monsters, OIAJ, mini spoons, sweet potato fries, nut butter obsessions, chia seeds, protein muffins, larabar lovin’….to name a few. Sometimes its hard to determine whether people take part in these trends simply because they are “trends” or because they truly enjoy them! I myself have taken a liking to many of them and love that the blog world has introduced me to so many wonderful new food items.
But one trend that I’ve seen a HUGE increase in in the last year has been the elimination of foods like gluten and dairy from people’s diets……food allergies.
Everyone and their uncle seems to be getting symptoms of food intolerances! So much in fact that it makes me suspicious of whether their ailments are legitimate or just a means of being trendy and “unique”. In some cases, I see the elimination of gluten/dairy/etc. as a means of restriction. Almost as if claiming a food allergy is a way to justify a restricted diet.
Now while many out there legitimately suffer the effects from food allergies, its seems now that people left and right are eliminating these foods from their diets. I find myself thinking sometimes…..”why does my body have no problem with any foods!?!……I feel kind of left out of the club!” But then I realize, wait a second I should be celebrating the fact that my body has no food intolerances and being grateful for all the yummy foods I get to enjoy!
In these modern times we have more ailments, diseases, and conditions than ever before. Peanut allergies have sky rocketed in kids and all different types of food seem to be causing more and more problems for people. If you think back to the olden days, when people ate simply and from the land, nothing like this was ever so widespread!
I think a few things have contributed to the rise in “allergen free diets”:
-an increase in the processing of our foods (causing actual allergies)
To many times have a I seen gluten-free/dairy free/etc. marketed as a way of weight loss. And it seems like this marketing has penetrated a ton of people’s minds.
I think unless you truly experience actual symptoms of food allergies/have been diagnosed with an allergy, then eliminating important nutrient rich foods from our diets is just silly. In a way the gluten free/dairy free/etc. diets seems to be fads that belittle the severity of diagnoses like celiac disease and lactose intolerance. With so many undiagnosed people, its hard to take seriously the elimination of foods from their diets.
~Some trends are just not worth following if they jeopardize health and wellness~
I’d really like to know everyone’s thoughts on this topic.
-Have you noticed the sharp increase in these type of diets across the blog world?
-Do you think these diets are increasing do to trend or legitimate medical need?
-Have you ever done something because it seemed to be the “trend” at the time?
Let’s keep this positive everyone. I am not attacking anyone’s choices I just am curious to see what other people think of this subject. Please be honest, but also respectful of each other!