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Tips For Going Gluten-Free

Tips to Loving a Gluten-Free Life

For many of us, eating a sandwich is no big deal. For others, like celiac disease sufferers, it is a big deal. Gluten challenged, they can't just order up a sammy with any old bread. They have to make sure the loaf is free of gluten or get creative with their options. While some folks are diagnosed at an early age, some don't discover the dietary restricting disease until adulthood when changing lifelong eating habits becomes a major hurdle.

If you are looking to cut some gluten out of your diet or know someone who is, help them out by giving them these pointers.

  • Do your research. Make a cheat sheet of all the ingredients you cannot have and keep it in your wallet so you won't be paralyzed in the grocery store aisle.
  • Find out how to read a food label. Don't rely on the "Gluten-Free" stamp alone. You may miss out on valid options if you are soley dependent on that.
  • Go to a Whole Foods type grocery store to find all of the GF options available to you. Load up on a few cake and cookie mixes to brighten your spirits. Just don't eat the whole box!
  • Research what restaurants carry GF menu options and learn how to make non-GF meals work for you.
  • Get creative in the kitchen. Use your new ingredients to come up with innovative recipes. If you're not a chef kind of gal, sign up for a GF cooking class. You may get some good tips from other attendants, too!

Ready to see the rest of our pointers?

  • Share your story. Getting on blogs and airing your story helps you to learn more about your own situation while hopefully learning a few pointers from people who have "been there, done that."
  • Keep a food journal. As you experiment with new foods, you may be challenged to remember which ones you liked or didn't. Track them so you can remember which ones to revisit.
  • Write it down. Along with keeping a food journal, it can be helpful to keep track of your days as you progress into the GF life. Because of the change in diet, your energy levels and exercise habits may change. It could be a positive experience to track it and give yourself motivation to keep on going!

 

Share your tips in the comments below!

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Oh that must be so tough! When I was losing weight (I have lost over 90 pounds) my family seemed very able to make comments about me losing too much (even though I'm still "overweight" according to BMI.) I am so newly diagnosed that I haven't told most of my family yet, so the holidays will certainly be interesting this year!
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I can only imagine how much of a pain it must be to try to find GF foods if you have Celiac disease...great tips, Fit. I just hope people realize that going gluten-free shouldn't be a trend--people might end up with nutrition issues by avoiding certain foods that they don't need to be omitting.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I have to agree with another HUGE thank you. I was just diagnosed with celiac and it can be really overwhelming! I am slowly starting to figure things out and there definitely needs to be more awareness!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 5 years
While I recognize that many people have a gluten allergy, the people that claim they do just be difficult frustrate me to no end. If you want to eat gluten free and are healthy, just say that's your preference. No need to pretend you have a serious medical condition.
glutenista glutenista 5 years
Excellent Gluten-Free Tips FitSugar! THANK YOU for helping to bring more awareness to Celiac Disease & the need for many people to eat gluten-free. of course we recommend finding online resources that have already done all the gluten-free detective work for you, with downloadable gluten-free food lists, lists of restaurants with gluten-free menus, gf recipes & even more tips and tricks! Have a fabulous gluten-free day! - Glutenista, making gluten-free fabulous
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