When we are diagnosed with gluten intolerance it seems that having a healthy and enjoyable diet is impossible. However, going on a gluten-free diet only requires a few minor adjustments.
The really complex one is usually to put in mind the idea that we will have to eliminate certain foods from the menu. Therefore, making a total elimination of such foods is essential for success.
The fewer temptations you have at hand, the easier it will be to go on a gluten-free diet. Take these first steps and successfully start your new lifestyle.
Thoroughly clean your kitchen
We are not referring to a cleaning, even if it is not too much. In fact, we are talking about eliminating from your kitchen everything that contains gluten and that you should no longer consume. Among the products on this list are:
- Commercial condiments.
- Flour ready to prepare bread and cakes.
- Ordinary breads and cookies.
- Flour with gluten of any kind.
- Noodles and non-whole rice.
Also, it is recommended to eliminate those utensils that are used to prepare foods with gluten. An example is the bread toaster. It may sound strange, but in general gluten-free foods don’t require these appliances.
Now, we’re not saying to throw it all away. Try to donate them or give them to friends and family so they can enjoy them.
Equip your kitchen with products suitable for a gluten-free diet
Once you’ve eliminated all the gluten from your kitchen, it’s possible that it’s really empty. Fortunately, today there is an entire industry specializing in this disease. This translates to products specially designed to successfully nourish without gluten.
Ideally, you should start by buying fresh food, such as fruits, natural oils, fresh or dried spices, and vegetables. Then complement it with a few commercial options, but keep them few. By having your kitchen well equipped, it will be easier to think of a menu and solve the food problem.
Among the foods that are recommended are:
- Season fresh fruit.
- Lean meat and some offal.
- Fresh vegetables.
- Oatmeal either in flakes or flour.
- Gluten-free flours for preparing breads and cakes.
Open your mind and taste buds to new products and experiences
Going on a gluten-free diet will force you to add new flavors and textures to your diet. Whenever this occurs, no matter what the reason, we can experience a little distrust. However, it is important to experiment as soon as possible.
Think that the faster you do it, the faster you will adapt to changes and the less hunger and discomfort you will experience. Our suggestion is that most of your meals include foods you already know and that are fresh.
For example, you can prepare a fresh salad and accompany it with oatmeal crackers or savory quinoa toast. Once you have something you already know, the barrier to accepting cookies will be lower.
Learn to read labels
When on a gluten-free diet, it’s important to know that some foods can contain this element even if you believe otherwise. In the supermarket it is very common to find products labeled as gluten free, but in fact they contain a minimal amount.
To ensure that this is not the case, always read the ingredient list. Sometimes gluten appears at the end because it is minimal. However, it remains present and is best avoided.
Another reason to read labels is that commercial brands process a lot of products. During these processes, they may mix some ingredients in small amounts. That’s why it’s important to read the labels to identify any messages about them.
When this possibility exists, the brands add a legend referring to the possibility of such cross contamination.
Learn to Eat Gluten Free Outside the Home
Going on a gluten-free diet at home is relatively simple. But doing it outside implies a great effort that starts with knowing the allowed foods. If you have questions, you can always ask the waiter and ask for a suggestion.