What's the Best Way to Get Started with a Gluten Free Diet?
Gluten Free Has your doctor just advised you to give up all things containing gluten? Have friends gone gluten free and suggested you should, too? Have you stumbled across YouTube videos promising instant well being if you just give...
Has your doctor just advised you to give up all things containing gluten? Have friends gone gluten free and suggested you should, too? Have you stumbled across YouTube videos promising instant well being if you just give up wheat?
Are you confused? In a panic? Feeling lonely? If you are not sure what's the best way to change your diet, take it a step at a time. Don’t worry, you are definitely not going to go hungry.
First: Get educated. Go to a good bookstore or your public library. There are two types of books about being gluten free. Some have loads
of text, only a few recipes and not many pictures. These can be daunting. Then there are gluten free cookbooks. They are full of lovely pictures and recipes using alternative grains and techniques. These will be reassuring and inspiring.
Find more information on the internet. There are lots of bloggers and magazines with online sites such as Delight, Living Without's Gluten Free & More and Gluten-Free Living. Magazines are especially good for seasonal recipes. Join forums, subscribe to newsletters, ask questions.
Second: Make two different lists. One will be of products and ingredients you can’t eat. The second will be of all the things you can eat including the grains and flours you can use. You can copy these lists out of the books you have or off the internet. Take them with you everywhere you go.
Next: Sort through everything you have at home you might eat, swallow or put on your skin. Throw out or give away everything with gluten in it. If you have roommates or family members who don’t want or need to be gluten free, establish gluten free kitchen areas and utensils only you are allowed to use. This is a big job so every now and then take a break. To keep motivated, remind yourself how much better you will soon feel.
Finally: Go shopping armed with your lists. Keep it simple at first. Buy substitutes for products you have used in the past with gluten free ones. Look for packaged breads, pastas, cookies, crackers, pizzas, cereals and prepared mixes for cakes, brownies and more. If you can’t find what you need at a market near you, shop on line. Take it slow and add new grains and recipes gradually. It’s an exciting time. You’ll be exploring new ingredients, adjusting your favorite standbys and feeling better with each bite.
Eliminating gluten takes effort, especially at first, but you'll get the hang of it. It's worth it.
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