Singer and actress Miley Cyrus wants the entertainment media to chill out with the comments on her slimmed-down frame. “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy,” she wrote in a Twitter post on April 9, 2012.
“It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!” her next Tweet said.
Miley’s gluten-free revelation followed days of speculation that the former “Hannah Montana” TV star was suffering an eating disorder. The singer then set off a flurry of response by Tweeting a photo of herself on April 8, 2012 deeply inhaling (but refusing to touch) fast food in a bag.
As the Twitterverse implored Miley to break down and take a bite, she replied with the “gluten and lactose allergy” explanation.
But Allergic Living offers a reality check for Miley. Girl, you need to get your condition straight. Do you have:
a) gluten sensitivity or
b) celiac disease or
c) a wheat allergy?
d) And is it lactose intolerance or
e) a dairy allergy?
These are all separate conditions. There is simply no such thing as a “gluten and lactose allergy” – and if Miley’s not sure which conditions she has, she should get tested – pronto. Undiagnosed celiac or wheat allergy or dairy allergy is nothing to mess around with.
It should be said that while Miley is definitely slimmer than she used to be, the 19-year-old still looks healthy in recent photos. Her toned arms suggest a lot of gym time, which also sheds the pounds.
In fact, living gluten-free and dairy-free doesn’t necessarily lead to weight loss. As fans of great gluten-free and dairy-free recipes know – you can eat very well (and even gain weight) with these food restrictions. And sometimes you have to watch out for too much white rice and sugar in gluten-free foods.
So by all means take a pass on gluten and dairy foods if you need to, Miley. But two small bits of advice: get properly diagnosed (if you’re not) and do sample some of the great gluten-free and dairy-free food that’s out there these days. We’re fortunate to have so much more available for those with living with food restrictions.