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Stress Free Tips For Living a GF Life
What Is Gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale, and barley. When mixed with water the protein strands give dough the spongy, elastic-y texture. Gluten is typical found in foods like pasta, bread, baked goods, beer, pizza, cereal, crackers, and cookie snacks. But don’t fret! The good news is there are lots of these products are made with gluten free flour blends so we can have our gluten free cake and eat it too! You can learn more at celiac.org!
Why Go Gluten Free?
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder. When someone with celiac disease eats food containing gluten, it causes damage to the small intestine which can lead to digestive issues like bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. It can also lead to fatigue, osteoporosis, join pain, and migraines.
Even if you think you may have a sensitivity or intolerance, cutting out or cutting back on gluten may help improve your quality of life!
Gluten free does not necessarily mean low carb or healthy. A lot of products advertised at gluten free the first ingratiate is sugar, instead of wheat flour.
- Focus on what you can have and not on what you can’t
- Read nutrition labels. Most products will list “Contains: Wheat, Soy”, but read the ingredient list just in case
- Don’t be afraid to Google “does __ contain gluten”.
- Be assertive when out at restaurants. If a waiter isn’t sure if a soup is thickened with flour, ask if they can check with the chef
- Bring snacks or a dish when you go to a potluck because you never know what you’ll be able to eat.
- If you’re vegan/vegatarian/pescatarian and you’re looking for a fake meat, make sure the base is soy or other GF option and not the common “vital wheat gluten”.
- Shop around. Find out which grocery store has a stocked GF section and good prices.
- Get creative with replacements. Swap expensive GF bread crumbs for less expensive mashed potatoes flakes or swap pricey GF flour blends with blending your own oats for oat flour.
- Star a Gluten Free Pinterest board to get inspired with new GF recipes and ideas!
- Host a gluten free dinner party! Gather you friends and show them how easy and yummy being gluten free can be while also making them aware of your limitations.
Naturally GF Foods:
Non-processed food such as...
Foods That Can Be Tricky:
So double check labels