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A gluten free lifestyle can be a challenge and most especially in the beginning. In order to succeed with a gluten free lifestyle, there are five deadly sins of a gluten free lifestyle that you want to avoid.
1. Begining a gluten free lifestyle because you think it’s healthier, because it’s a fad, or because you think it will help you lose weight. A gluten free lifestyle is not for everyone. You must have a good strong reason for going gluten free. If not, you won’t be able to sustain it long-term. For most people, it’s either having Celiac disease, Hashimoto’s, Crohn’s, a gluten sensitivity or allergy or something else serious.
2. Eating unlimited amounts of every box of cookies, crackers, pasta and other things that say gluten free on them. Just because it’s gluten free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Sure you can eat some gluten free cookies, crackers, granola bars etc, but you really want to be careful how much of those things you eat.
3. Failing to realize that implementing a gluten free lifestyle, can cause you to have mineral and vitamin deficiencies, and that you need to watch out for these. B-12 and Selenium are the most common. I have to take a supplement of both of these every day.
4. Eating too much rice, sugar, and corn. While these things can be fine in moderation, too much of these things can cause a lot of health issues. In fact, some people can start to develop the same problems they have with gluten when eating too much of these things.
Have you ever tried to implement a gluten free diet and a gluten free lifestyle? or Maybe you are doing it now but you are still struggling with it? In either case, it’s a lot harder to actually succeed at a 100% gluten free diet and lifestyle than you might think. It is also crucial that you do give up gluten 100% or you will not see the benefits. Unlike some other things such as dairy for example, you cannot eat any gluten ever.
So how do you make this happen without tearing your hair out?
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Or you can try to do it on your own, which will be a lot harder but it can be done.
Here are some tips:
1. If possible eliminate all gluten containing foods from your house. In some cases you may not be able to do this as you may live with others who eat gluten and who are not willing to give it up. If you cannot remove it completely, then you will need to have more will power and you will need to take extra steps to make sure you do not accidentally get glutened. If you are worried about problems with children who do not want to give up their favorite gluten containing foods, then read my other blog post, How to Make Kid Pleasing Gluten Free and Dairy Free Meals Without Breaking the Bank for some tips. Children by in large will eat what you feed them. It will take some adjustments in the beginning but if you have to have a completely gluten free household then it can be done. That said, if you are not able to remove it completely, then you will need to take extra precautions. This includes making absolutely certain that any non-gluten free foods are cooked, and served in completely different dishes and that the same utensils are never used. You also should store any gluten free oats in it’s own container separate from oats that are not gluten free. These are just a few examples.
2. Be completely committed to the gluten free lifestyle. Be willing to do whatever it takes and understand the consequences for your health if you don’t stick to it.
3. Get the support of your close friends and family. It is especially crucial that you get the support of those you live with or anyone with whom you eat meals on a regular basis. It may take time and you may have to educate them on why you must be gluten free otherwise they will likely not understand and may even try to sabotage your efforts at succeeding with a gluten free diet.
4. Know that being gluten free is a journey and a process and that you will always need to be learning and educating yourself about the lifestyle and about other ways to improve your health beyond just not eating gluten.
5. Do meal planning and plan for your gluten free shopping for the entire week on either Saturday or Sunday. Then stick to your menus. Watch my video on how to do this at: How to Create a Gluten Free Shopping List
6. Be prepared for those times when you are not in control of the food that will be served. Have a plan in advance even if that means brining some of your own gluten free food with you or not eating at a certain restaurant even when everyone else is eating and enjoying the food. Also know what questions to ask when eating out to determine if the food is really gluten free or not. There are a lot of restaurants serving so called gluten free menu options that really are not. For example if the pasta or potato fries are cooked in the same water or fried in the same fryer with food that has gluten in them, then that food will become cross contaminated and is not truly gluten free.
Along with this I high recommend that you do not eat out at any restaurants unless they are certified gluten free. (No gluten is allowed in the building) for at least the first 6 months that you are on a gluten free diet. This can be really tough especially if you are used to eating out or if you go out a lot with your job. However, every time you eat at a restaurant that is not certified gluten free, you are risking exposure to gluten and it’s really not worth the risk.
Here is a recorded video you can watch on how to prepare simple healthy and delicious gluten free meals.
7. Be prepared for when you are traveling and on the go. This can be one of the hardest times and one of the biggest challenges you will encounter with the gluten free lifestyle. Watch this video I did on gluten free while traveling.
8. Become a master food label reader. Understand what gluten free really means on labels on food. Just because something says gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean you should eat it.
Watch this video to learn why and how to read labels for the gluten free diet.
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Are you working on embracing a gluten free lifestyle? If so you have probably found it more challenging than you thought it would be. While I strive to offer a variety of information and helpful tips on how to successfully implement a gluten free lifestyle here on my blog, I obviously can’t offer everything and sometimes it helps to gain more than more perspective. Here are ten of my top gluten free lifestyle blogs that I’ve found to be helpful and useful.
1. Gluten free on a shoestring This blog is all about living a gluten free lifestyle without breaking the bank. Discover unique and clever ways to save money and still avoid the feeling of being deprived and wishing that you could still eat gluten. While I like much of what is on this blog, the downside if there is any is that some of the tips and recipes are time consuming and involve ingredients that can be hard to find.
2. Vegetarian Mamma This blog is about both gluten free and vegetarianism. Cindy the owner of the blog shares recipes, tips, hints and reviews products that are free of gluten, nuts and meats and many are also dairy free. She also has a gluten free Fridays feature where other bloggers can share their gluten free recipes on her blog.
3. Gluten Free Goddess This blog focuses on delicious gluten free recipes and offers recipes for many classic foods that most people miss when the first begin eating gluten free.
4. Simply Gluten Free This is another blog with similar content to the Gluten Free Goddess listed above and has recipes for a lot of classics that are usually made with wheat flour and other forms of gluten. Carol the blogger is also a TV chef.
5. Elana’s Pantry Elana the blogger of this blog shares simple and delicious recipes that are both gluten free, dairy free and in most cases paleo. Because of this she uses coconut flour and almond flour in nearly all of her recipes.
6. Gluten Dude Want some practical tips about the gluten free lifestyle and yet still want to laugh? Then gluten dude is for you. While much of his content is serious, he does have some rather funny and in some cases outrageous things to say about going gluten free and celiac disease. Worth a read.
7. GF Journey to Health This is another great blog with a variety of recipes. She refers to her blog as talking about the art of living without gluten which really is true. There is an art to living without gluten. She has several blogs but on this particular one she does have recipes with dairy which could be a downside if you cannot have milk products.
8. Gluten Free Living Blog This is a blog written by the editors of Gluten Free Magazine. As such there is some unique content and articles related to popular news about living gluten free.
9. Gluten Free Girl This is another gluten free chef blog and as such as a lot of great recipes. However, most require quite a bit of baking and work and may involve more work than many people are willing to do.
10. Gluten Free Mom This blog focuses on gluten free for kids which is sorely lacking on a lot of blogs. This is one reason I’ve started blogging more about gluten free for kids. This blog offers some great kid approved versions of gluten free recipes.
That’s it. Got a favorite gluten free lifestyle blog that I missed? Tell me about it in the comments below.