Way#39: Use Critical Thinking to Facilitate Gluten-Free Simplicity in Your Life
Clearing away the B.S. to help illuminate reality might help facilitate simplicity in a gluten-free life. Life, and in particular life during periods of serious challenges such as going gluten-free, can be unnecessarily difficult when paying too much attention to invalid and unreliable information.
According to its Wikipedia entry, critical thinking can be defined as:
Critical thinking consists of mental processes of discernment, analysis and evaluation. It includes possible processes of reflecting upon a tangible or intangible item in order to form a solid judgment that reconciles scientific evidence with common sense. In contemporary usage “critical” has a certain negative connotation that does not apply in the present case. Though the term “analytical thinking” may seem to convey the idea more accurately, critical thinking clearly involves synthesis, evaluation, and reconstruction of thinking, in addition to analysis.
Critical thinkers gather information from all senses, verbal and/or written expressions, reflection, observation, experience and reasoning. Critical thinking has its basis in intellectual criteria that go beyond subject-matter divisions and which include: clarity, credibility, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance and fairness.
What does this say to you?
Well, to me it says in simplifying my gluten-free life I need to frequently rethink my assumptions so that I can better understand the facts.
For example, I often find myself looking up whether or not a grocery item brand contains gluten. And this is a good thing. Why? Because manufacturers often alter ingredients. They can do this for their own reasons and they do do this. Many of them will advise curious consumers that while the current version of a given product is “Gluten-Free”, one should always read the labels in order to rule out a change that has lead to Gluten-Contamination of said product. See this listing at Gluten-Free Brands for another example.
So, when using Critical Thinking: even if an item has “TRADITIONALLY” NOT contained Gluten, it may be wise to reconsider this possibility each and every time you purchase a new batch.
Sure… it is a lot of work… But it can make life much more simple. At least it is becoming more and more worth it to me. How about for you?