Maintaining a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Almost everyone is overwhelmed by the challenge of eating gluten-free. At first, it feels like the diet eliminates all the food you love or have emotional connections with. You might even feel paranoid — like you’re surrounded by gluten and nothing is safe. It takes awhile to begin to feel comfortable with the diet and confident about your food choices.

Keeping a Gluten-Free Diet

Stay Positive

Concentrate on what you can eat, not on what you can’t eat. Some of the most nutritious foods for you are gluten-free, such as meat, fish, poultry, soy, corn, beans, eggs, vegetables, fruits, rice, nuts, and legumes. Plain spices and herbs, fruit juices, milk, coffee, tea, wine and distilled alcoholic beverages. Make sure to do a quick sweep of nutrition labels — if it contains gluten, it’s usually in bold and easy to spot. Some brands tend to replace gluten with sugary and starchy ingredients that can lead to weight gain, but those are easy to sidestep. Nowadays, plenty of delicious and quick to prepare foods and meals are gluten-free, as well as versions of your favorite desserts and comfort foods.

Keep at it

You’ll be tempted to cheat, especially at the beginning. Maybe you think it’s just not worth it in the end or maybe you weren’t extremely ill when diagnosed. If you stick to the diet, over time you will really start to feel better and feel a lot happier, even when you’re out with friends in a gluten-invested restaurant. Many chain and small, specialty restaurants have gluten-free items (such as pizza crusts) are offered. You won’t stick out, plenty of people are on special diets. Just as your server if they can make it in an uninfested space if they don’t already, just explain it’s a health issue.

 

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