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WHAT'S LURKING IN YOUR LUNCH MEATS?

Many lunch meats are injected with gluten. I guess that's because it's so good at stabilizing and thickening, but it's probably also why so many of us have developed gluten sensitivity. So make sure your lunch meat is gluten-free, or pick up fresh, gluten-free foods instead, such as fresh chicken or wild salmon. If you need “grab and go” protein, consider some gluten-free, grass-fed beef jerky or an aseptic pack of wild salmon. They are healthier choices for many other reasons, too.

OATMEAL: OUT OR IN?

Oatmeal itself is gluten-free, so in theory, you should be able to eat anything made with oats (as long as it doesn't contain dairy, eggs or gluten!). However, oatmeal is often made in places where they also process grains that do contain gluten, and there is a great deal of cross-contamination. So make sure you're buying only oatmeal that is marked “gluten-free.” (You can find a list of brands in the Resources section on my website.)

WHEN GLUTEN-FREE ISN'T GOOD FOR YOU

Now that more and more people are realizing the dangers of gluten, a whole new line of gluten-free products has come on the market. This can be a problem, though, because a lot of these foods aren't healthy and can lead to weight gain — even if they are gluten-free!

In fact, gluten-free has become the new faux health food. There are gluten-free cookies, breads and muffins. Most of those are loaded with sugar. Gluten-free does not necessarily mean healthy — and it definitely does not mean good for weight loss.

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