Quick Tips: Going Gluten-Free

I know that going Gluten-Free can be quite a hard task when you've just been given news about your gluten intolerance.  It's easy to feel lost when you have to reinvent your dietary lifestyle. I hope these quick tips will help as you seek to change your diet.

 

1. Remove all gluten containing products from your house. It's just easier to make the switch by removing the temptation surrounding you. Use this list to help you sort through your pantry. I have more tips hiding in a post here.

2. Shop at Trader Joe's, PCC, Whole Foods or another natural food store - they are bound to have more GF products than a normal grocery store and the prices will be more competitive. Trader Joe's has a wonderful list of all the products they carry that are gluten-free - other stores might have something similar, just ask. This list is SO helpful in figuring out what you can and can't eat. My gluten-free shopping trip stress level went down 10 fold when I discovered their helpful list.

3. Pack a snack. Where ever you go, take a GF snack with you. Here are some Gluten-Free Snack Ideas: KIND PLUS, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants, thinkThin Protein Bar, Chunky Peanut Butter, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Crackers

4. Don't trust the waiters at restaurants - do your research before dining out. Google is your friend, use it! Here's a great article about eating out Gluten-Free.

5. Sign up for a Gluten-Free meal planning service: www.gfreecuisine.com or eMeals. Both of these services saved my life. I had no idea how to cook Gluten-Free before I subscribed. I'm not kidding. GF budget meal planning websites with built-in shopping lists have saved me so much stress over the last year. I make amazing meals for my family every night and it's all gluten-free and simple to make (even for someone new to cooking)!

6. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Fruit, vegetables and meat are your new best friends! There are more and more gluten-free products popping up these days, and I'll post a list of my favorites soon...but for now, learn to love the foods on the perimeter of the grocery store.

 

Do you have any good tips to share about going gluten-free? Please comment and let me know what worked for you, I'd love to hear from you! :)