Whether you or a family member has been diagnosed with celiac disease, discovering you are gluten intolerant, or simply want to go gluten-free for the health benefits, WE GET IT… transitioning can be HARD!
In honor of National Celiac Awareness Month, we’ve reached out to YOU (our fans!) to provide us with your personal tips and tricks for going gluten-free. Below, we’ve included some of your comments, as well as other resources for you to use to make transitioning smooth sailing.
We would like to give a special shout-out to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) as a provider for many of our resources and for being such a HUGE part in promoting National Celiac Awareness Month!
In the Kitchen
The best part about cooking at home is knowing exactly what’s going into your food. And if you think there are no possible ingredients to make the best tasting bread or muffins, think again! Gluten-free flour has been the saving grace of many non-gluten-going fans and is very easy to find in any supermarket. Rice flour, mill flour, and blue corn flour are only a few types of gluten-free flours that will do you wonders in the kitchen!
Another key part of going gluten-free and making your own foods is actually getting a solid foundation on cooking skills! In the words of one of our fans, “Check everything–and learn to cook! Now there are [so many] wonderful GF options!” – Margaret S. Besides, cooking and experimenting in the kitchen can be FUN so slap on an apron and get crackin’!
Not sure where to get started in finding gluten-free recipes? The NFCA has a whole Gluten-Free Recipe Box for anyone to access!
Here’s a tip to save you from an accidental brush with gluten: purge your pantry! Go through all your foods and take out anything that contains high, or even slight traces of gluten. Not having these items in the house will make it much easier to concentrate on what you can eat instead of fighting to avoid foods that you can’t eat.
There are also an abundance of sources online that you can get to with the simple click of a button. “Research! Go to websites, blogs, books, etc. to find as much info as possible. As for finding good products, experimentation is the way to go. Try new things, and learn from those experiences… Gluten free does not have to mean taste free!” – Samantha Wood.
Out and About
In their responses, our fans shared that when you’re out for the day always always ALWAYS bring along a few gluten-free snacks to munch on when you get hungry. You definitely don’t want get stuck being hungry on a long car ride! Rudi’s Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Bars are a great GF that will help cure a hunger craving in a jiffy!
And if you have some time to kill… “Attend gluten free expos. They are a wealth of knowledge and you’ll discover product you never knew existed.” – Jay T.
In Your Head
The most important aspect of going gluten-free is your mentality. Keep with it, think positive, and take it one day at a time! In the words of our fans…
“Dont think of celiac as a diagnosis or illness. Instead, think of it as the knowledge to help heal yourself. Take one meal at a time and recreate it in a healthier for you way. Not every food will have a gluten free alternative,but don’t mourn that or ‘cheat.’ Think of all the amazing foods available to us now and make informed choices. If you know other GF eaters, ask for a list of their favorites.” – Christi N.
“Never deprive yourself or going gluten free will not be fun. Find alternatives to your favorite food items. They may even turn out to be tastier than the originals!” – Breanna S.
Here are some more resources provided by the NFCA for living with celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, or simply trying a healthier diet!
— Gluten-Free Product of the Day (and giveaways!)