Being gluten free, wheat free isn’t easy for someone just starting out. It can be very daunting, with so many questions: like where do I go from here? What has gluten in it? Do I purge my kitchen?
I do have some answers for you, I am not a doctor or an expert in this I am just someone who went through all of it 8 years ago, and to be honest still struggle with it to this day. I am gluten intolerant not celiac so I consider myself very lucky. I find being gluten free is a lifelong struggle, but the benefits far outweigh the downfalls.
Gluten is found in so many items that you would not think of. For example: lip balm, makeup, pork, processed foods.. The list goes on and on.
What do I do now? The answer is different for everyone but for me it was to learn a little (I am still learning) switch my pasta to brown rice pasta, give up breads,(until I learnt how to make it myself). I switched to brown rice instead of white rice, and only had desserts rarely. Again until I found recipes to make them myself.
I didn’t completely clean out my kitchen as my family did not go gluten free with me but the majority of it is gluten free, if not then I just don’t eat it(ok try not to anyway)
I will keep you posted with sample menus, tips on how to stay gluten free, helpful advice and more.. Please stay tuned
My hope is that your day is going great and the struggle is not too hard..
Staying Positive On A Gluten Free Diet
Dealing with any allergy is not easy. It can be a challenge when it comes to eating out at restaurants, or just being a guest at someone else’s home.Being prepared to bring your own gluten-free snacks, reading labels on all foods you consume is all part of this process. When ordering out in restaurants it’s best to tell the waiter about your allergy before you order so he or she can advise you on what their particular restaurant has to offer. These days there are many restaurants that offer gluten-free choices on their menus. Giving the client many different options to choose from when eating out. Staying positive and thinking “outside” the box can make living gluten-free more fun! Try to think of what you “can” have, not what you “can’t” have.
It’s a well-known fact, that how you think influences how you feel. Understanding the connection between the mind and body is the first step. Living with food allergies is a constant battle, literally for life. So preparing yourself with the right tools is essential towards your path to an ultimate healthy body and mind. There is a delicate balance between the physical body and the emotional body. For example when a stressful event like a job loss takes place in our lives the pain of the loss can manifest itself physically. We may experience symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches and other physical symptoms. The explanation for this is poor emotional. This causes a breakdown in our immune systems. Weakened immune systems leave our bodies unable to fight off a simple cold or virus. A change in our attitudes can literally boost our immune systems, showing staggering results in the body’s ability to fight off anything that attacks it.
So now’s the time to decide for yourself if you want to be stuck in the rut of a negative thinker. Or pull yourself up and begin to think positive, thus not allowing depression and other such stress busters to enter into your body. Which again only lowers your immune system more, and leaves your body open to catching even more diseases? Staying focused and sticking to your gluten-free lifestyle can be one of the hardest things a person does in their life. There are several things you can do to make this process easier and stay motivated through the journey.
Being positive can be a great motivator. Surround yourself with healthy food, and clean your cupboards out and throw away all the junk food, and gluten laced foods. If you eat better you will begin to feel and look better. Which may keep you motivated to do more healthy things in your life.
How Does Gluten Affect Your Body?
People suffering from gluten intolerance or as it is sometimes called Celiac Disease, Celiac Sprue, or Gluten allergy, their systems cannot tolerate the protein found in wheat, rye or barley.
Gluten can also be found in certain medicines as well as a number of other things which I will list in another article.
Research has shown that gluten intolerance is hereditary. The only treatment for this allergy is to live on a gluten-free diet.
In a person with this allergy, the body’s immune system responds to gluten by damaging the small intestine. This lining has small finger-like growths called villi; the normal function of the villi is to absorb nutrients. However when the villi get damaged, the body can’t get the nutrients it needs.
So for many people suffering from this allergy it is a process of learning how to live gluten-free. By having the resources and tools needed to start on your way to a gluten-free life.
Undiagnosed for long periods of time, food intolerance’s have been found to contribute to diabetes, bowel cancer, anemia and osteoporosis.
above article copied with permission from www.chemical-free-living.com
Following recipe is from Gluten Free Club, they have alot of awesome easy recipes, check them out at: www.glutenfreeclub.com
Avocado & Cheese Dip
Remove from refrigerator, serve as a cool canape.
1 ripe avocado salt to taste lemon juice to taste 1 oz / 25g cottage cheese 1 oz / 25g cheddar cheese
Mash the flesh of the avocado with the salt and lemon juice. Place the cottage cheese as the bottom layer in a ramekin. Cover the cottage cheese with the avocado. Place the grated cheddar cheese on top. Grill until the cheddar cheese has melted and serve hot in the ramekin.