At my last appointment my new acupuncturist suggested that I try a gluten free diet for a couple weeks. She seems to think that it will help with inflammation and also perhaps with some of the sinus problems I have, but all can think about is how annoying the whole gluten free trend is. I have a friend who makes gluten free brownies and they don’t taste like brownies as much as they do sand. And you know why? Because she makes them from some store bought mix that’s been all frankenfooded up with artificial sweetener and whatever they substitute for flour in such things.
While I DO understand that for people with issues like Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, a gluten free diet totally makes sense and is a godsend, I am not so sure that everyone needs to jump on the bandwagon. Diet is confusing enough these days. Which is the best on to follow? DASH? Mediterranean? Vegetarian? Vegan? Paleo? Aruveyda? All marshmallows all the time? Except for maybe the marshmallow one, you can find someone with a list of doctors and studies for why any one of these is the “best”. And maybe different ones just work better for different people. Maybe it is all determined by your blood type or body type or color underwear or the phase of the moon you were born under or some other scientific shit like that. And who am I to argue with science? I’m not Ted Cruz.
Heck, I’m even trying my acupuncturist’s recommendation. I’m open minded that way. Mostly, I just find it annoying is that the whole gluten thing has become part of the annoying trend of marketers designing fake foods and trying to tell people that they need them, because they are “healthy.” People who don’t need to be on a gluten-free diet don’t need to avoid healthy complex carbohydrates. It’s like fat free in the 80’s. While I knew it was the newest fad, I didn’t realize it had grown into a $23.3 billion dollar industry.
While I have my own issues around food and weight, there is one thing that I do know: If you want to be healthy, eat real food. If you want to avoid something, avoid genetically engineered and packaged foods, artificial sweeteners, refined sugars and flours. And that brings me to the real point of this post, which is not to champion gluten (though that was fun too!), but to share with you my new favorite chili recipe. If it weren’t for all the gluten in the beer, it would even be gluten free! Best. chili. ever.