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Simple Tips for Going Gluten-Free

Are you thinking about going gluten-free? Here we share a few simple tips for going gluten-free | SavvyMujer

Simple Tips for Going Gluten-Free

“Going Gluten-Free” can seem like a huge, overwhelming task – but it doesn’t have to be. Follow these simple tips for going gluten-free without the stress! Before you start your journey, be sure to download the free app: Find Me Gluten Free.

Focus on what you can have rather than what you can’t. This is the first thing I learned about going gluten-free. While there are several foods you cannot have on a gluten-free eating plan, there are soooo many things that you can have! A few of our favorites: fresh fruits and veggies, chicken, grass-fed beef, and rice.

Think corn! If you are wanting to replace your flour tortillas, and your potato chips, think corn: blue corn chips are ah-mazing, and a great replacement. Corn tortillas took some getting used to for me, but after a while of not having flour tortillas, they started to taste great.

Say no to processed foods. You don’t have to eat a raw food diet, but saying “no” to over-processed gluten-free versions of “regular” food is your best bet. Don’t fall into the trap of replacing junk food with gluten-free junk food. It’s a good idea to limit refined sugars and low-nutrient junk foods when switching to your new, healthier, gluten-free diet.

Keep it simple. Cooking and baking with coconut flour, almond flour, and having to mix several flours… well, that’s overwhelming, to say the least. Keep it simple by making a meal plan and choosing about ten meals from your favorite blogs (like Gluten Free Goddess). Rotate those for the first month or so, and then you can move on and start to expand your menu a bit.

Stay hydrated. At first, you might feel a bit hungry because your eating options are a bit limited. Before eating, make sure you’re not just thirsty. Staying hydrated has many benefits, even outside of a gluten-free lifestyle. Drink some water, and then see if you’re still hungry. If you are, have a snack:

Snack! There are several snacks to choose from that are naturally gluten-free, so don’t deprive yourself. I love fruit, cheese, popcorn, veggies and hummus, and even dark chocolate! Keeping yourself satisfied (but not stuffed-full) is the key to loving your new lifestyle.

Want more? Here are a few resources that are helping us:

Paleo Recipes: Quick & Easy Gluten Free Meals for Busy People

Gluten Free Lunch Recipes – 30 Quick And Easy Gluten Free Lunch Recipes

Spiralizer for Zucchini, Potatoes, Squash, Carrots, Cucumbers, etc.

Are you gluten-free? What are your best tips for someone making the transition?

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22 Comments

  1. Isabel Garcia

    June 15, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    My family enjoys gluten free foods like gluten free cereal, brown rice tortillas,and chips to name a few. Yesterday, I surprised my dad with his favorite gluten free pizza. Awesome post, amiga!

  2. Melissa

    June 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Thank you! I’ve always been overwhelmed on how to start These are great tips.

  3. Ashley - Embracing Beauty

    June 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I’m so thankful that I don’t need these tips but I have a friend who could use them so I’m glad I ran across this post! Thank you!

  4. Digna D.

    June 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you for the helpful tips. We are always looking for ways to eat healthier and show our son that food can still taste good and be good for you.

  5. Joy Williams

    June 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Those are great suggestions. I have thought several times about swig nh to to glutn free but usually don’t because it’s all so overwhelming!

  6. Beth

    June 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    My husband likes coconut flour but it is so expensive.:/ It is good know the options since we have a couple of gluten free friends.

  7. Kimberly Grabinski

    June 17, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I am mostly gluten-free, the best tip I have is to make sure that the GF products you choose haven’t replace the gluten with chemicals.

  8. Jen - Life With Levi

    June 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I don’t think all processed foods are back, so I like what Kim said – make sure when you are buying them, they’re not laden with chemical enhancers instead of the gluten.

  9. Michelle

    June 17, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    We dont eat gluten free, but these are great tips for those that do!

  10. Rachel @RunningRachel

    June 17, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    What great tips! I am thankful I don’t *need* to go this route… but I am ever mindful for friends/family who must!

  11. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    June 17, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Wonderful tips! It can seem quite daunting at first 😉

  12. Lisa

    June 17, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Amen to this tip: don’t replace junk food with gluten-free junk food

    It amazes me how many people do that!

    1. Jaime

      February 14, 2016 at 8:55 am

      I agree!!! I notice a vegan friend eating at taco bell regularly because they have vegan options…questionable. 😉

  13. Shell Feis

    June 18, 2014 at 3:14 am

    I’m not fully gluten-free but my husband is Paleo so I eat like him most of the day. I agree with keeping it simple and focusing on what you CAN have instead of what you can’t, that’s really been helping!

    1. Jaime

      February 14, 2016 at 8:55 am

      As I have been researching, I have been wondering if gluten free is pretty much like a paleo diet. I am a newbie and looking for what will work for me.

  14. Mandi

    June 18, 2014 at 7:48 am

    We don’t eat gluten free, but for a few months we did becasue of our oldest son. It was ridiculous the amount of crap that’s added to “gluten-free” products. He wasn’t a big fresh fruit and veg eater, so it was hard. Luckily we didn’t actually need to be gluten-free.

  15. Liz Mays

    June 18, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I would be so curious to try this and see if it made me feel differently overall. You’re making me think I can do it!

  16. Melinda

    June 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    my sister is still working on getting better at coing gluten free. i know cutting back on gluten makes me feel better

  17. Lidy

    February 1, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Don’t eat gluten-free unless you have to. Glutenfree is a hype. There are people who really get sick of gluten. The hype makes it not easier for them.

    1. Jaime

      February 14, 2016 at 8:53 am

      I agree, which is why I have not entered into this realm until now. I have chronic migraines and have heard a few stories from trusted sources that say their migraines decreased or were eliminated after following a gluten free diet. After so much pain, I’m willing to try!

  18. Emilia

    January 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I Just found out i have Celiac Diese and this is really going to help!

  19. Jaime

    February 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Love it! Thank you for sharing. I am attempting a gluten free diet to try and alleviate migraines, and this post is very helpful in getting me started.

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