1. Make a list of what you love to eat for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Then find some great GF replacements for these things (and maybe they are already GF!). If you can find a tasty alternative then you won’t feel deprived. I know there are more than a few of you that will feel like this change is so terrible and then you’ll find a great box of cookies and eat the whole box:) No worries….just like going on a weight loss diet – start over again and don’t look back. But remember, if you need to be on a GF diet, you are doing your body harm by eating any gluten so best to find some terrific GF products and NO CHEATING.
2. Learn where gluten hides. Sad but true, gluten seems to lurk in the strangest places. Hopefully new labeling laws will force manufacturers to properly label things to be gluten free. But in the meantime, start label reading and be a gluten detective. You can find a comprehensive list of gluten containing ingredients here.
3. Get some support and learn how to cook! If you don’t know how to cook – there is no time better than now to learn. If you can make your own meals from real ingredients you don’t need to worry as much about hidden ingredients. Plus, you can convert your favorite old recipes to GF versions! And whether it is a cooking class, support group, or online community – get some help! There is no reason to reinvent the wheel and everyone needs a helping hand once in a while. Join a group and see what others are up to in the GF world!
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To learn about the GF cooking classes at The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo click here.