There's a lot to learn when changing to a gluten-free diet. You can make it an easy process if you know what's ahead.
Making Food Choices:
When going gluten-free, it is important to first focus on eating a nutrient-rich,whole foods diet. You've decided to go gluten free for the benefit of your health, so it's best to start on the right foot and nourish yourself! There are plenty of gluten-free "junk foods" that everyone should avoid.
Make sure your food choices are nourishing and have positive health benefits, not depleting. (read more)
This involves cooking and eating in your kitchen, learning about basic nutrition, and using cooking skills. Next, learning to read labels on processed foods is vital to avoid gluten. This involves knowing the various foods to avoid, hidden sources of gluten, and recognizing gluten-free junk food. (See my previous post: Gluten: The Sources - Plus, Where is it Hiding?)
AWAY FROM HOME:
Learning new behaviors when eating in restaurants, at work, at school, or other homes is also important. This may involve calling ahead to inquire about gluten-free choices, looking at menus online, speaking wishes clearly to the server, asking to see labels, bringing your own gluten-free food items, letting your hosts know your dietary restrictions in advance, and inquiring about the methods in the kitchen.
Jenny Yelle, MHNE Holistic Wellness Educator
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