Going Gluten Free

A Few Tips to Starting a Gluten Free Diet

While many may have seen or read about the benefits of gluten free diet sometimes the hardest thing to do is start. When you’re new to food choices and lifestyle changes, knowing how to start and what to expect can be a bit challenging. Whether you’re attempting this because you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, allergies, or other inflammatory diseases, starting this diet can be very beneficial to your overall health. Below are a few tips on how to best approach this new way of eating.

What is Gluten?

Gluten is typically found in barley, wheat, and rye and therefore avoiding those grain types is vital. However, there are other items that are less obvious that also have gluten as an ingredient. However, the FDA has regulated to major food companies that they must clearly label whether wheat and/or gluten were used in the products, however, there are ways around this. There are lots of additives that can contain gluten which is why you must learn to read labels early on so that you know exactly what to look out for. In the beginning it may be best to eat all natural fruits, vegetables, and lean meats as these are naturally gluten free.

·         Know What Contains Gluten – The first order of business it to first educate yourself on what gluten is and where it can be found. You should check online for health sites that list where gluten can be found so that you can avoid these things when shopping.

·         Create a Replacement List – Now everything that you absolutely love to eat but you’ve found out from research contains gluten you will need to find a replacement to avoid slipping back into eating those foods. Write down a list of foods that you can easily switch to meet your needs.

·         Read Labels – When shopping at your local grocery store you’re going to have to be cautious of what you purchase. Since your shopping trips will take you a lot longer your first few times around it is best to go when you’re not hungry and when there is not a crowd so that you don’t feel rushed or stressed. When choosing food items, be sure to check the label to determine if there is any gluten.

·         Plan Your Meals – A great idea for those starting a gluten free diet is to find a few recipes online and begin planning your meals out weekly.

Deciding to eat gluten free is a great lifestyle choice for those who are either suffering from some disease or simply looking to lead a better quality of life. Prior to starting this diet it is always best to consult with either a nutritionist or your doctor to ensure that what you’re doing is safe.

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