Here are five more tips for going gluten free.
6. Read labels
This is an important one. I am not so diligent on this tip. You need to read the label because there is often hidden gluten in recipes. It’s more than just looking for wheat.
Here is a link for hidden gluten sources.
7. Find a buddy who has gone gluten free
This is not always an easy one. I was lucky that I knew someone at my work who was eating gluten free. I was able to talk to her during the early days of going gluten free. She gave me some tips and brands of foods to try. There are times when we talk about different brands or foods that we have found that are delicious. It helps to have someone to talk or complain to while you are making the transition.
I have another person who was told by her doctor that she needs to go gluten free. She knows she can talk to me about what to eat or not eat.
8. Preplanning is key
I traveled a LOT during the summer which can be difficult when you eat gluten free. What do you eat in the airport or on car rides? When I went to visit my friend Molly, I had lots of foods that were gluten free to eat in the airport during my layover. In fact, I had to remove all of the foods from my traveling bag before going through security. There was a LOT of food stuffed in my bag.
While we were taking a road trip, I had plenty of food in my trunk in case we couldn’t find anywhere gluten free friendly.
It’s also key to look at menus before going out because a lot of places are not gluten free friendly. I know I CANNOT eat at KFC or Taco Bell. They are not gluten free friendly at all. I’ve tried to eat at KFC about a month ago. It made me sick. Check out menus and nutrition guides before going out.
9. Find ways to make substitutions of foods that contain gluten
This is not always going to be possible. However there are times when I want the flavors of the foods I used to enjoy. Find other ways to enjoy those flavors.
10. Allow yourself to grieve
It’s hard to no longer to be able to eat gluten. It’s a change of a lifestyle. It’s going to be hard to adjust to not being able to eat foods that you love. Allow yourself some time to grieve. It’s okay. Just remember you are doing this for your health.
Good luck with your journey.