It isn’t always easy to adjust to the gluten-free life. But there are commonsense ways to make it much simpler. These tips will help you love gluten-free living.
1. Be patient.
Almost everyone is overwhelmed by the challenge of eating gluten free. Initially it might seem like the diet eliminates all the food you love to eat. Or you might feel surrounded by gluten and unsure if it’s safe to eat anything. It could take up to six months to begin to feel comfortable with the diet and confident about your food choices. So don’t expect to get it all straight overnight.
You may experience grief over having to give up foods you have eaten all your life. Don’t worry, it’s normal. You will almost certainly make mistakes at first and eat food that contains gluten. This is also normal. And a few mistakes won’t kill you. Time is on your side and the lifestyle will get easier as you learn more and gain confidence in your choices.
2. Be positive.
Concentrate on what you can eat, not on what you can’t eat. Remember that most of the nutritious foods you are supposed to eat to stay healthy are gluten free. This includes plain meat, fish, poultry, beans, eggs, vegetables, fruits, rice, nuts and legumes, not to mention rice, corn and soy. Plain spices and herbs are also gluten free as are plain fruit juices, milk, coffee, tea, wine and distilled alcoholic beverages. Later, when the insecurity fades away, you can go beyond plain. On the other hand, just because something is gluten free, does not mean it is good for you. Cool Whip, for example, is gluten free. Junk food is still junk food whether it’s gluten free or not.