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Hi, I am new here but so desperate for a new life from the terrible world of sickening myself with processed foods and lots of meat. I am so interested in a plant based diet and have even gotten a little bit of coaching on it, and read some books. From what I have learned a lot of plant based food diets suggest that you don't eat anything with wheat/glutten either. Just wondering if this is a good idea. I do not have glutten allergy either. Thanks so much, I appreciate any help!!
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Unless you've been tested and the test shows you are sensitive or intolerant, there is no reason to go gluten free. It's trendy right now so people think it's a cure all, which is not true. If you're not having any problems, don't worry about it. There is no need to make things more complicated.
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The McDougall way of eating incorporates whole grains including those with gluten. The only reason to avoid gluten is if it bothers you. If you have health issues, I would suggest that you start with the MWL plan (no processed food or flours). If you haven't seen a marked improvement in a month, you might want to try eliminating wheat and/or corn (I believe Dr. McDougall suggests this in one of his writings), or you could try an "elimination diet" which you can find info on by doing a search on this site. Many of us have food sensitivities to different foods and the BEST way to find out what they are (imo) is through an elimination diet!
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