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.
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