I get so frustrated when I see a TV show or read an article that says that Gluten Free Diets are unhealthy this is simply untrue...it happened again this morning.
Yes Virginia, you can go gluten free and be EVEN healthier than before.
If you replace the whole grain breads with processed, empty starch flours/ breads (potato starch, arrowroot, tapioca etc., and the whole grain pastas with white rice pastas and other empty starches this would be an unhealthy diet and your intestines will become gummed up with gluten free carbs instead of wheat/barley and rye starches/carbs....both can take a toll on the health of your intestines!
However if you remove the gluten full/bread/ cakes/cookies/ donuts and fill in that part of your diet with other healthy whole grains amaranth, quinoa, millet and such (if you choose to eat grains) or veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, sea veggies, and take out the processed foods and the dyes and artificial ingredients, take out the refined sugar (take out much of the sugars in general or remove completely except for the natural sugars from whole fruits... if tolerated). This is a much healthier gluten free diet and you will get plenty of fiber and even more nutrients than before!
My recipe blogs have different health ratings. Both of my recipe blogs are gluten free and dairy free and mostly to totally egg free. Lupus Hope Cookbook blog is almost all super healthy recipes/foods. My Family's Favorite GFCF Recipes blog gets a much lower score for healthy recipes. Not that all the recipes are awful, some recipes are just not super healthy and some recipes/meals/treats are downright unhealthy....sorry it serves the purpose of satisfying a craving occasionally mainly, but some recipes are healthy too.
Maybe I should have a health ratings system on that blog.
http://lupushopecookbook.blogspot.com/ Lupus Hope Cookbook - Super Healthy and Healing Recipes
http://myfamilysfavoritegfcfrecipes.blogspot.com/ My Family's Favorite GFCF Recipes - Some Healthy, Some Not So Healthy Recipes for when cravings strike (for use occasional use, or if really ill you may want to skip this altogether for now)
Many diets are natural elimination diets, take the following examples --- meaning that they avoid many or all of the top food allergies/intolerances/sensitivities.
http://www.allergy-details.com/food-allergy/top-20-food-allergies-delayed-reactions/ Top 20 Food Allergies
Raw Foods Diet no eggs, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no yeast, no gluten, not much soy but some use shoyu/tamari shoyu contains wheat, tamari does not - but some wheat and barley, some natural sugars Tons of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, sprouted beans, sea veggies, nothing cooked to over 115 degrees.
Macrobiotics little meat or no meat, little fish or no fish, fermented soy, some unfermented soy, sea veggies, veggies, little fruit, breads and wheat and yeast and some low sugar treats are allowed mostly cooked, some raw - no eggs, no dairy
Paleolithic Diet (sometimes called the Caveman Diet) eggs, lean meats, fish, nuts, seeds, vegs, fruits, are allowed - no dairy, soy, grains, breads etc. Meats and fish are cooked veggies are raw or cooked
All of the above diets totally avoid processed foods/dyes, artificial flavors and colors, as well as all dairy products.
Less processed carbs, less bready and pasta carbs to no grains/breads at all, and the above diets include more fruits and veggies and whole real foods. Foods that your grandmother's grandmother would recognize at the farm or things that would grow on trees/bushes/plants from the earth. Or real pasture fed organic well cared for animals for meat, or wild caught fish.
When you are dealing with a sickness or disease you need the best nutrition possible for your body to feed your cells and correct any deficiencies so your body gets what it needs to start the healing process.
Eliminating toxins, and foods and additives that your body doesn't recognize and doesn't know how to process, and last but not least to avoid those foods that you are allergic/intolerant/sensitive to can help your immune system to calm down and start fighting the real invaders instead of the perceived (foods that you are sensitive to and other unrecognizeable pretend foods/additives) invaders.
Another older article that I posted a while back