25 Ways to Eat Well and Stay Healthy on the Gluten-Free Diet

22. Don’t complain.

Try not to think of the added expense of gluten-free food as a burden. Remember it is the only “medicine” that will assure your good health. Compared to the cost of prescription drugs and their associated and sometimes negative side effects, you can even convince yourself that the gluten-free diet is quite a bargain. And try not to blame specialty food companies for the added expense. It comes from all the additional steps they have to take to make sure they are producing safe food.
Most importantly, consider how much it would cost you to deal with the health problems that can develop if you have undiagnosed celiac disease. If you look at the gluten-free diet as a critical preventive health measure, then it will seem cheap indeed.

23. Test the family.

Encourage your relatives to be tested, especially your first-degree relatives. The prevalence of celiac disease in first-degree relatives (parents, children and siblings) is much higher than it is in the general population. But be prepared for resistance from relatives, whether or not they have symptoms. Sometimes relatives refuse to be tested. Don’t feel guilty if they make that decision.

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