Gluten Free Lifestyle: If you’ve been diagnosed with celiac (coeliac) disease, a wheat or gluten intolerance or you’d just like to try a gluten free lifestyle for a while to improve your health or relieve stomach discomfort, you’ve come to the right place. My mission is to provide you with a roadmap to health through delicious, nutritious food - simply and naturally.
It's all about simplicity here! After all, life has become way too complicated and if you've just been diagnosed with celiac disease, you're probably feeling like that's just multiplied exponentially.
Let me assure you that life does go on. Your new gluten free lifestyle really can include many of the things you already value in your life. You may find you need to plan ahead a little more and you may find you eat at home a little more. However you choose to approach this, NGF is here to help you through!
Don't you always feel better when you have a plan? Me too. So lets start with understanding more about what this whole gluten free lifestyle really means. I'm not just talking about menus, and recipes I'm talking about understanding the nitty gritty of a gluten free diet plan. Starting right from what gluten is and what removing it from your life means, and doesn't mean.
That's probably the first thing I hear when I tell someone that I'm living a gluten free lifestyle. If you’re new to this whole concept, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed right now, but I promise you, in a very short time you'll realize that it's not that difficult and you'll feel like you’ve given up nothing!
Nothing except the pain and discomfort caused by gluten that is!
That's probably the second thing I hear when I tell people about my gluten free lifestyle, and this is where understanding this diet and having a plan really helps. If like many North Americans you eat a large majority of meals away from home, even in the car, then I suggest that you will be doing this less, and you may find that alone will save you money. If you choose healthy whole foods that are naturally gluten free and mostly prepare them at home you may be pleasantly surprised.
However, if you just go to
the supermarket and stock up on every packaged item with gluten free on
the label, you will find that it's more expensive. A lot more
expensive! When it comes to choosing gluten free products you need to be discriminating. Checking labels for sources of gluten is important, and more than ever, it's also important to remember the old rules: avoid processed foods, the fewer ingredients the better, and don't eat anything you can't pronounce.
I always recommend spending a little more to get quality ingredients and preparing them well. This will leave you feeling satisfied and usually eating less.
Yes, you can do gluten free on a budget!
This may be the first thing you'll notice about your new gluten free lifestyle. Without even trying, you'll be eating your gluten free meals at home more. The good thing about that is, well actually, there are a lot of good things about that. Cooking at home means that you can control the ingredients and control for cross contamination. But beyond that, meals we cook at home tend to be simpler and healthier.
Cooking gluten free is fun and easy. You don't have to forget everything you already know, just twist it a bit and build on it. Learn some new techniques. Learn how to shop for food and how to make substitutions so you can continue to enjoy many of your favourite recipes.
If you're a baker, this is the part of your gluten free lifestyle that may seem most confusing at first. But don't worry. With a little practice, gluten free baking will start to come naturally. You'll learn about gluten free flours and gluten free breads and quick breads, a soon those familiar smells will be emanating from your oven once again.
This is where the gluten free lifestyle can get a little scary. So much so that some people with celiac disease just decide to never eat out. This make me really sad. If you plan ahead, know what questions to ask and manage your own expectations, you can enjoy gluten free restaurant meals safely and have a great time with friends and family!