Gluten Makes Me Fat, Constipated & Moody. ~ Skylor Powell

Via elephant journal
on Jul 12, 2012
get elephant's newsletter

I just told you three facts about myself that I don’t normally share with strangers.

But you know what? You are a special case because I think you may be able to relate. I am not usually the type to point fingers, but when it comes to gluten, I lay the blame on thick.

I suppose that I shouldn’t blame gluten alone for “fat days,” for the three days in a row when I don’t go to the bathroom, or for when I get irritated at the dogs for standing near my feet in the kitchen, or at my computer when it takes to long to turn on.

I will say though, that gluten gives me inflammation and that contributes to these three obstacles that I face, along with a lot of people that I know. Let me tell you a little more about it.

Gluten makes me fat. My adipose tissue, or fat tissue, has two jobs. The first is to insulate my body so that I never get cold. The other is to protect my organs from toxins and poisons.

When I eat food that is not nutritious, like sugar, or that I am allergic to, like gluten or soy, my body will store the toxins in my fat tissue so that my heart, lungs and spleen don’t get punished for my poor food choices. The more toxic food I eat, the more important my fat tissue becomes because it has a lot of organ protection to do.

The problem isn’t just the toxins from the food. My body does not know how to deal with these foods, so my digestion slows. The result is that food stays in my digestive tract for too long and ferments. Fermentation leads to more toxins which leads to fat tissue contribution.

Now my body doesn’t want to burn my fat for energy because it is more important than other energy sources, like muscle. So now I’m stuck with extra weight until I stop eating toxic foods.

Gluten makes me constipated. When my digestive tract gets swollen because I eat foods that I am allergic or sensitive to, it swells over the little hair follicles that normally pass food through my digestive tract. If those little hairs are drowning in the swelling,  the traffic control isn’t there to keep food moving.

Now I am stuck with a bloated tummy, gassy belly and empty toilet.

Gluten makes me moody. I have a specific allotment of energy that I can use each day. Sometimes I choose to use that energy on running, writing articles, healing clients bellies, getting downward in my dog, or having conversations with friends. Other times, I don’t have a choice about where I use my energy because my body is expending all of it breaking down gluten and the starches that it binds.

Now my energy is focusing so strongly on my belly that when I try to do other things, I am too tired. I get easily frustrated and irritated because I can’t do the things that I want. Game over.

If you feel like you share some of these issues, there are lots of steps that you can take to see if gluten is giving you a belly ache. You can get a blood test to see if you have antibodies for gluten. You can ask your relatives if anyone else has Celiac’s Disease or a sensitivity, since one in 22 people suffering from a gluten allergy have a relative who is as well. You can also try an elimination diet.


My name is Skylor and I own Sprout Health, where I make personalized meal plans and design online cleanses. My goal is to make you awe-inspired by how great your body and mind feel. Let’s replace foods that rob you of energy with those that excite you. Let’s prioritize your health and happiness so that together, we can make our world a happier place for us all.

Skylor’s website is Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.


Editor: Anne Clendening

“Like” elephant wellness on Facebook 


About elephant journal

elephant journal is dedicated to "bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society." We're about anything that helps us to live a good life that's also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant's been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter's Shorty Awards for #green content...two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter. Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive—and get your name/business/fave non-profit on every page of Questions? Send to [email protected]


9 Responses to “Gluten Makes Me Fat, Constipated & Moody. ~ Skylor Powell”

  1. happytreepose says:

    Wow I have the same symptoms after I eat gluten! Not that its anything to be too excited about really 😉 For months I've been telling myself its not that bad, I could totally go back to eating yummy cakes etc, but every time I 'cheat' even a little, I come out in hives, get constipated (lovely) and get super grumpy.

    Not coeliac, but this funny little protein definitely does NOT agree with me!!

  2. Skylor says:

    Oh gosh, hives are the worst!! Sounds like your belly would love gluten free things like Mary's Gone Crackers and Larabars!

  3. guest says:

    Gluten also is terrible for people with endomitriosis and I don't think enough people know that! I have a fabulous doctor- and cutting it out has made all the difference in the world for me!

  4. Meg Worden says:

    So great to see you here, Skylor! Keep these awesome articles coming!

  5. Skylor says:

    Thanks Meg!! This is wonderful- I love Elephant Journal and have been wanting the opportunity to write here for a long time!

  6. Skylor says:

    That's amazing- what city is your doc in?!

  7. Skylor Powell says:

    you are absolutely right. thanks for your comment!

  8. My aha moment was when I came across . and yes, it's Primal/Paleo. It may seem like a fad, but it's really just a natural way to eat.

  9. Thanks Patrick! Does that help you stay clear of being moody and bloated?