I found an interesting article today. Healthy eating articles always catch my eye, and so do articles about eating fads, so this one caught me twice, as it’s lead in was titled “The truth about gluten free diets.” http://health.yahoo.net/rodale/MH/is-gluten-making-us-fat. ( My link button is not working today). In any case, the important part, to me, is the last two paragraphs:
If you do give up gluten, use your new eating plan as a lens to reexamine your diet—and your life. Cyclist Danielson says, “I don’t know if it was directly tied to the food, but I found that by having to pay more attention to my daily diet, I became more focused on my cycling.”
Avoiding gluten takes constant monitoring— the same attention to detail you need to excel in your workouts. “I became more dedicated and took a more professional approach to my training when I went gluten-free,” Danielson says. “I couldn’t get lazy and down whole pizzas and bowls of pasta. I had to focus on putting better food in my body, and this made me realize how much my eating habits off the bike affected my performance on it.” Mindful eating is key. After all, “you don’t need to go gluten-free to avoid refined processed carbs,” says Thompson.
The part about mindful eating is the key to any diet. Any diet will work if you pay attention and stick to it, and no diet will work if you don’t.