Thinkin with your Noggin

As my Mom used to ask, “Glenna, why don’t you use your noggin?”  I would have answered her but I had no idea what a noggin was.  Fortunately once I finished a few college degrees I found out that my “noggin” was my “reasoning skills”. 

(Hmm..I wonder if politicians are born without noggins.) 

So, I ask you.  Do you have a noggin? 

If you do, then I would suggest that you start using it. 

Let’s say I tell you to avoid wheat or gluten.  This seems like a pretty simple statement to me. (I used my noggin.)

If I told you to avoid rattlesnakes would you rush right out to the local snakery and buy a bunch of water moccasins?  (We had water moccasins in the creek when I was growing up. They were even scarier than rattlesnakes because they were quiet and would sneak up on you) 

I would hope you would use your noggin and not rush out to buy other snakes in order to avoid rattle-snakes.  That makes no sense.

So, when I say, avoid wheat and gluten I am NOT telling you to rush to the gluten free aisle and buy every box of junk food you can find because it does not contain wheat or gluten. 

Now you might find yourself “befuddled” (due to your noggin not working properly) and wonder, “Whatever am I going to eat if I don’t  eat wheat or gluten?”

Again I might say, “Use your noggin.” 

Here is a list of foods that do not contain wheat or gluten:

Lean meats

Fat free dairy


Nuts and seeds


1000 different veggies (all sexy, I might add)

100 different fruits



I could go on and on. 

Junk food is junk food whether it contains wheat or not.  Gluten free junk food is still junk food. 

Use your noggin.

Eat real food. 

If you can’t figure this out, I am going to send a rattlesnake to you just for fun. 

Luv, WD

A thoughtful Blog Written by Glenna Moe, Kansas City Dietitian

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