As you may know, Oz the Great and Powerful has made a cinematic comeback with the help of the dashing James Franco. In the strangest of ways, this movie’s plot relates directly to the gluten-free diet. This version of the classic Wizard of Oz does not include Dorothy or Toto, but it does include three types of witches and one great man that will learn how to defeat the evil that exists. Meet the characters of Oz the Great and Powerful:
Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East Evanora has tricked everyone to believe that she is good-hearted so she can rule the kingdom.
Theodora the Wicked Witch of the West Originally a good witch, Theodora is tricked by Evanora and turns into the most evil of them all (and pretty scary looking, too).
Glinda the Good Witch of the South Glinda is the good-hearted witch that needs the help of the great and powerful wizard to defeat the evil witches and take back the Land of Oz.
Oz the Great and Powerful Oscar Diggs, known as Oz, is the supposed “great wizard” that will save the Land of Oz, but he is not aware of his power just yet. Throughout the movie, Oz needs to figure out how to use his conman qualities for the good of the people.
How does this all relate to the gluten-free diet? Let me explain:
Evanora is gluten. Wheat, barley, rye, malt ... she has it all going on. She sometimes disguises herself on food labels, but if you look hard enough, you can see right through her. The problem with Evanora is that the people don’t know what to look for, so they're constantly falling prey.
Then we have Theodora, who is naturally gluten free, but is a victim of gluten during the production or distribution process. Theodora food products are at one time pure and safe, but just one ounce of contamination can change them forever. Sadly, after contamination occurs, there’s no turning back.
Glinda can be referred to as the long list of gluten-free foods that are safe for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. These foods help the body to be healthy and wish to provide nothing but goodness. Unfortunately, Glinda is not able to stand up to the gluten-filled, processed food aisles at the grocery store because too many people have already been fooled.
How can gluten-free Glinda win this battle when she’s up against powerful and conniving gluten? With Oz’s help of course!
Oz represents everyone at the beginning of a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free newbies may not be aware of the power that they hold, and instead they feel overwhelmed by the evilness that exists in some foods. In the beginning, Oz never thought he had the power necessary to defeat the evil witches, but he never gave up. He instead became stronger and smarter throughout the movie.
Oz went on to defeat the evil witches and take back the land for the people. Although the witches are still alive, they are banned from the Land of Oz, and the people are safe. This is exactly like banning gluten from your kitchen, plate, and body.
Oz teaches a very valuable lesson to all beginners on the gluten-free diet. As Glinda stated in the movie, “You’re capable of more than you know.” What may seem impossible now is only a small obstacle in the end. Once you defeat Evanora and Theodora in the food aisles, you will go on to live a happy and healthy life full of nothing but goodness!
Author Information: Laura Hanley
Laura Hanley, known as G-Free Laura, has been gluten-free since 2009. She reviews gluten-free products, restaurants, posts simple recipes, and writes about gluten-free experiences onwww.gfreelaura.com. Laura also blogs for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery. You can follow Laura’s young, wild, and [gluten] free updates by finding her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.