I was living the gluten free lifestyle before it was cool. It has become a part of my life and honestly I am not sure what would happen if I ate a slice of “normal” bread. I have spoken a little about gut health before but it is becoming something that you see more and more of and gluten is one of the aids bad gut health so more and more people are limiting it from their diets.
I often get asked how I manage to not eat pasta and bread – well fortunately I am able to now eat gluten free bread and pasta but for many many years I didn’t. (And I still managed to life a full and happy life.) It really isn’t as hard as you may think once you start doing it.
You don’t even have to cut it out completely but limiting your intake can actually also help your body to process the gluten you do ingest, so you can start by just reducing the amount of gluten you eat rather than going cold turkey. Although, for me, it is easier to do these types of things in one go.
When you are ready to make the change, stop buying anything that contains gluten. Finish the bread, pasta, cookies, whatever you have in your home, finish it and then do not buy more. If you don’t have it in your home, you can’t eat it.
Get your whole family on board. If everyone is eating the same food, the less likely you are to cheat. I was given some advice recently by dietician, she said your kids will eat what they have access to!
Planning really does help, especially when you have to pack lunches or eat out. Spend some time to do some meal planning especially for lunch time meals at the office.
If you eat out a lot, check the menus online first. Most restaurants have their menus on their websites. Most restaurants do have gluten free options, even Italian restaurants have dishes without pasta and many of the larger ones have gluten free pizza base options.
Bake your own goodies. If you bake your own products then you know exactly what goes into them. It is a little bit of trail and error but once you figure it out there are so many yummy gluten free things you can bake.
Are any of you currently gluten free?