Are you thinking about gluten free and it feels a little daunting? Well, never fear! Today you have many choices in finding gluten free products compared to 10 years ago. Whether you have celiac or just want to experience the health benefits of going gluten free, here are 4 steps to making the transition to gluten free living (and eating). 1) Eat naturally gluten free foods!
Perhaps the simplest way to go gluten free is to eat naturally gluten free foods like vegetables and fruits, nuts, and other raw foods. These foods are great sources of nutrients and will make shopping easier. (Note: if you have celiac, be sure that packages are processed on a dedicated gluten free area.)
2) Start simple!
If you don’t have celiac disease, then going gluten free doesn’t have to be an overnight rush. Start with breakfast. Gluten free steel cut oats with a plant-based milk (I like Hemp Milk) some walnuts or almond butter, and sprinkle ground organic cinnamon+ginger on top! Or start with snacks. Carrots+hummus or apple+almond butter. Tip: always include protein with your snack so your blood sugar doesn’t spike!)
3) Cook at home, eat at home!
Get back to the basics of cooking and eating at home! You will know exactly what you are putting in the meal and won’t have to worry about cross-contamination or other possible hidden gluten. Shop local, at farmer’s markets, CSA’s, or natural health food store. Try one new simple recipe a week. Cooking at home is so much fun! Even leftovers are yummy. :)
4) Hidden gluten
Gluten can be found in many processed food-like products as an additive. (Note: many commercial body and skin care products also contain gluten.) Some key words to be on the lookout for include: starches, natural flavorings, stabilizers, seasonings, malt, emulsifiers, beer. The top processed foods that contain these ingredients are processed meats, cheese products, condiments, salad dressings, snack products. Tip: follow the first suggestion in this article! :)
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