--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Here is a short version of my gluten-free story: I have had a history of digestive issues since I was very young. Recently, after many visits to the GI doctor and what felt like a million tests, I've discovered that my body can't tolerate gluten. If you are interested, contact me because I LOVE to talk about my symptoms… However, since most of it falls into the "TMI" category, I won't go into much detail about here. I have since cut it out of my diet and feel better than I ever thought I could.
Do I think that wheat isn't good for some people? Absolutely--I am a prime example of that and I know that a lot of people feel like they have more energy as a result of a gf diet. Wheat may also be inflammatory and difficult on the digestive system. However, I also think that whole grains can be a good source of protein and fiber, not to mention a cost-effective way to fulfill the dietary needs of people all around the world. In the book, Wheat Belly, William Davis puts forth the theory that a lot of our digestive and heath problems are related to the fact that modern-day "wheat" looks nothing like the wheat product our ancestors consumed. Tucked into one of his chapters, he mentions that this modified high-yield Frankenstein wheat is also what allowed us to alleviate starvation around the world (Chapter 2). What a fact to gloss over in the debate about being gluten-free, right? Talk about important trade-offs to consider!
One of my teachers, Carrie Owerko, often says that "the truth is somewhere in the middle" about both asana practice and life. To me, this is applicable about what other people choose to eat. So, yes--one day, science may be able to answer whether it is good for us to eat wheat or not. I think we universally agree that eating rat poison, for example, is not great for our bodies. However, until then, I will be both gluten free and non-judgemental about your life and food choices.