The GF Diet

Ten years ago you would be hard-pressed to find someone who claimed to be gluten-free unless you were in the midst of a crunchy granola hippie camp. (“That wheat has some totally bad vibes, man.”) It simply wasn’t a concern for the majority. Food bloggers and Internet “nutritionists” hadn’t picked up on it yet as a diet. Celiac sufferers and others of the gluten-intolerant variety simply had to find their own way and suck it up.

Fast forward to present day and gluten-free is everywhere. Restaurants have gluten-free menus. Store brands carry all sorts of gluten replacements made with nut or rice flour; everything from brownies to pancakes to chicken nuggets. It is uplifted as the new diet, the modern way to lose weight and feel good. The same principle applies to sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, Paleo, etc. They’re always coming up with alternatives.

One could almost say they’re in the business of it, because they’ve been trying to think of an alternative to God for an awfully long time.

Whether it’s through another belief, a self-help class, spending time with your family, focusing on your career, YOLO-ing your way through life, studying scientific theories, or diving headfirst into your own ribcage because “life is all about YOU being happy”, the world is constantly throwing puzzle pieces at you. “Did that one fix the hole in your heart? What about this one? I swear, this one will fix it.”

No matter how long we sit around a table covered in temporary conveniences and religious building blocks in an attempt to make our own meaning or our own legacy, it will never fill you up. A God-free diet is a failure. The world does not give as the Lord gives. It has no alternative to the peace and love God lavishes on you, and God will never give the same pain or emptiness that the world has in abundance.

That is His promise to you.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Now, go forth and enjoy your almond-flour cookies.

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2 thoughts on “The GF Diet

  1. Jamie Carter says:

    It’s easy to laugh at the gluten-free trend; until you know somebody who has suffered from a mysterious illness for years. One that the doctors just can’t seem to diagnose. When that someone doesn’t eat anything containing gluten for a while and every single symptom of the illness disappears. Then you have to come to terms with the reality that gluten makes your friend sick, every time they eat a communion wafer, they’re poisoning themselves and that sickness returns. Now me, I’d rather support them by eating gluten-free foods knowing that we can share everything on the table without fear of either of us spending the next few days in the restroom. But I know someone who can’t eat gluten and I know the consequences of food allergies.

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    • I’m not trying in any way to poke fun or laugh at people who are gluten-free – my mom can’t ingest gluten without serious stomach pains and the doctors never seemed to know what to do with her either. I was only attempting to poke fun at the fact that there’s a new dietary trend every other week in the same way teenagers are obsessed with a new popstar every other week to the end of illustrating a spiritual point. I’m sorry if I didn’t come off that way and I appreciate your thoughts.

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