Allison N., late-30s, busy mom of a young child
I am an almost 40-year-old with a demanding career and a very demanding 4-year-old. I am, what I consider to be, moderately over weight. I have always enjoyed being active and playing sports but find it hard to schedule these things into my daily life. I was finding this especially hard because of an afternoon energy slump that was incredibly demotivating. More days than not, I’d have massive sugar cravings that went along with my afternoon energy slump. These cravings were appeased with junk food from the office canteen and handfuls of chocolate chips consumed while preparing dinner. In fact, my eating patterns consisted of a lot of “toddler scraps,” “a bite of this” and a “handful of that", as I tried to satisfy food cravings.
Gluten and or/wheat free diets are another very popular fad these days. Gluten is a protein commonly found in wheat, barley, and rye therefore if you eliminate wheat from the diet, you also eliminate gluten (or vice versa). The gluten-free market in the US is predicted to be worth $24 billion by 2020 with 1/3 Americans expressing a desire to reduce gluten in their diet.
This question most commonly comes from very physically active individuals but more and more, it is starting to come into focus with people looking to lose weight; with good reason!