I have been eating a paleo diet since early February 2011 but was only recently diagnosed with celiac disease. So even though the paleo diet is gluten-free by nature, because it eliminates grains, I was not concerned about the seemingly miniscule amount of gluten I was ingesting every week at church worship services via communion bread. I quickly reminded myself that Christianity is my religion and Paleo is what I do with food. The piece of bread is tiny so I took it, ate it, suffered no ill dietary consequences from it, and fully set my mind to the meaning of the communion not the fact I had just eaten a small piece of bread. But obviously no Catholics buy into Transsubstantiation, or they would think that Communion is strictly Paleo.
The Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches use leavened bread for the Eucharist. Thus, the sacramental bread symbolizes the Resurrected Christ. About 18 months ago, my own church began using gluten free bread as Communion for those with gluten sensitivities.
Now the bread, at least according to Catholic doctrine, must be bread, if I understand correctly it must specifically be a wheat bread, though I could have misread that part. I had to go to Church a few weeks back (first time since I went Paleo. Unless you’re actually Celiac, the tiny amount of gluten in a communion wafer or a few bites of challah is unlikely to have any effect on your long-term health – just eat it, and focus on the meaning of the ritual. The Eucharistic bread, however, must in fact be wheaten bread, and not because of some intrinsic artistic value of bread-making, but because we imitate Christ (the second person an infinite God who chose to become finite to a certain socio-historical period) in submitting ourselves to certain limitations, i. I really encourage you guys to read the Paleo Diet.