Wheatless in Los Angeles: Why Does the New York Times Hate the Gluten-Free?

Readers of this blog know that Steve and I keep a mostly raw food diet, which was spurred in part (for Steve especially) by giving up wheat. That happened a few years back when I taught a research methods class that used Michael Pollan‘s book, In Defense of Food, as its core text. During the course, … Continue reading Wheatless in Los Angeles: Why Does the New York Times Hate the Gluten-Free?

Counterpost: Your gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, whatever diet is horrible

In the interest of balance — like a balanced meal, maybe — I’ll point you to this Q&A with a guy — who happens to be a  religion professor at James Madison University– who thinks all our fad diets are pretty stupid: Food rituals, food taboos, dietary demons, dietary myths, magic diets, guilt, sin: why … Continue reading Counterpost: Your gluten-free, wheat-free, paleo, whatever diet is horrible

It ain’t the gluten that’ll get you, it’s the wheat

A couple of weeks back, we highlighted a recent study on gluten, which followed — and potentially debunked — the main one that found gluten sensitivity could be a widespread issue. That study got a lot of coverage, because the initial research is pretty central to the boom in gluten-free products. But, as we also … Continue reading It ain’t the gluten that’ll get you, it’s the wheat

So, maybe the whole gluten thing is a bit overstated

In the interest of fairness and balance, we’ll pass on news that the scientist behind one of the main studies arguing for the existence of gluten intolerance now has done a follow-up study that calls into question his earlier findings. Such follow-up studies are pretty standard, at least among serious-minded scientists. (It’s the rest of … Continue reading So, maybe the whole gluten thing is a bit overstated

Yogi Diet: This is Your Brain on Wheat

We’ve written before on this site about diet. Quite a lot about it, actually—including eating raw, giving up wheat, eating mostly raw, continuing to give up wheat, etc. We’ve also talked about the stages of a yogi diet. I’ve got a friend who’s just started Ashtanga. He said to me, “I don’t like beer anymore.” … Continue reading Yogi Diet: This is Your Brain on Wheat

Yogi diet: At last, we know what ‘gluten-free’ means

The title, before anyone writes anything, is a joke. Of course we know what “gluten-free” means. It’s just that the U.S. government didn’t, before now: People with celiac disease can now have confidence in the meaning of a “gluten-free” label on foods. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule that defines … Continue reading Yogi diet: At last, we know what ‘gluten-free’ means

Of Wheat, Research, and the Hundred Breath Headstand

A while back, Steve and I gave up wheat. We didn’t do this because we were particularly unhappy with our diets. We were curious, after reading a review of Dr. William Davis’s book, Wheat Belly. I’d been mostly raw for a few years, and Steve had moved that way as well. But both of us … Continue reading Of Wheat, Research, and the Hundred Breath Headstand

Yogi diet: No hybrid wheat, being mainly raw

Since Ashtanga is the “yoga of no,” and that leaves us fewer interesting things to talk about — no late night band reviews, can’t try out the newest happening bar, won’t be running down LA’s best donuts anytime soon — we are left to talk about other things: our restricted diets, our curious Saturday regiments … Continue reading Yogi diet: No hybrid wheat, being mainly raw