A lot of people are doing the gluten free lifestyle. This can be for a variety of reasons, but usually people will put health at the front of them.
If you have a diagnosis of Celiac disease, this is not a lifestyle choice and something you absolutely need to do in order not to be very ill.
Unfortunately, not everyone understands this!
In fact, getting your head around a gluten free lifestyle can be a hard one for everyone involved, yourself included.
Here are some top tips to help make the transition as painless as possible!
If you are eating out, or going to a friend’s house, tell them in advance that you are no longer able to eat gluten.
This will most likely entail educating them as to what gluten is, first and foremost.
For some people, they may think that it only means avoiding wheat, but it also means barley, rye, spelt, semolina… the list goes on.
They also may not realize that a lot of these ingredients crop up in unexpected places such as gravy and sauces.
Remind them that you won’t be able to drink beer, unless it is a gluten free one!
LEARN TO COOK
Although now is the best time to go gluten free, from a ready meal perspective, a lot of these ready meals are highly expensive.
And quite often, they leave a lot to be desired taste wise!
The best thing you can do for yourself, your body and your wallet is to learn to cook a few simple gluten free recipes.
Batch cook if it helps save time and freeze some for later.
Cake lovers can take heart from the fact that gluten free flour bakes just as scrummy cakes as regular flour does.
Although store bought gluten free cakes do exist now, it is still a lot cheaper – and nicer – to make your own.
And if you think your friends will turn up their noses at a gluten free cupcake – just don’t tell them!
Seriously, there is no way that anyone will be able to tell the difference between your gluten free baking and the ‘regular’ flour one!
If you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease the first thing you are going to have to learn is to read labels like a pro!
Remember, you are checking for wheat, barley, rye and beyond!
Beware “flavorings” or other ingredient names such as “thickener” as they could contain wheat.
BE PREPARED NOT TO LIKE EVERYTHING FIRST TIME
Trial and error is unfortunately part and parcel of going gluten free.
You may not like the gluten free alternatives to bread the first time around. It is worth persisting with them until you have got used to them.
Alternatively, get a bread maker and try out some recipes to make your own – it will save money in the long run.
Some things are simply going to take some getting used to, we would advise you try different brands and types of each food until you find one you like the best.