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8 Tips for Gluten Free eating

September 27, 2016

I’m sure many of you have heard about the gluten-free diet going around. For some, it’s a fad and for others it’s a necessity due to their health. I had a friend who was diagnosed a few years back with celiac and it was a very difficult transition for her. To go from not really thinking about what you’re eating to having to analyze every little thing you put in your mouth is overwhelming. She found out that gluten was not just in a couple of things, it’s in most things which many people don’t know. Even if you don’t have to eat gluten-free, limiting how much gluten you eat can be a very healthy lifestyle change. Below are a few tips for eating gluten-free!

Eat Fresh – If you eat fresh foods, you will never have to worry about gluten. Gluten is mostly in processed foods so if you’re eating fresh meats, veggies, and fruits, you’re not only eating super healthy but gluten will never be an issue.

Avoid Processed Foods – Even if it says it’s gluten-free but it has a super long list of big word ingredients, stay away from it. This means that it’s still going to be difficult for your body to digest which leads to you still eating unhealthy foods as well as chancing triggering an issue if your health depends on you staying away from gluten.

Take food with you – Whether you’re going out to work or headed on a trip, pack your own snacks. There aren’t very good choices at gas stations or vending machines (if any at all) that are gluten-free.

Keep food separate – If your cabinets, fridge, or cooler have non gluten-free items, pack either a separate cooler or have a separate spot in the fridge and cabinets for gluten-free items. The items that aren’t gluten-free can easily contaminate the gluten-free items which can really stink, especially if you’re need to eat gluten-free for a condition.

Have separate dishes – Just like the food, you should have separate dishes for your gluten-free meals than you do for your non gluten-free meals. Scratches and spaces in the dishes can easily get food particles stuck in them causing contamination. Of course, if you’re only doing it as a diet and not as a serious need, this isn’t as important.

Avoid eating out – If at all possible, avoid eating out unless the place you go to has a special area where they keep the gluten-free food separate from the non-gluten-free. It’s very easy to get sick from eating out if you have a medical need to stay away from gluten.

Don’t feel bad for sounding picky – My friend used to feel so bad for saying no to people about food or for asking for specific steps to be taken so she didn’t get sick. She had a medical need to stay away from gluten so it was very serious that she took every precaution. Some people would get annoyed and not understand and she hated feeling like a pain. Don’t ever feel bad for keeping yourself safe.

Don’t chance it – If you’re not sure about whether or not something has gluten in it, just don’t chance it. Sometimes it can be hard to find information on an item making it a guessing game. It’s not worth it, especially if it makes you sick.

8 Tips for Gluten Free eating

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    September 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing such great information. I hear people talking about going gluten free all the time, and I always think, “How does that even work?” Now I know!

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    Pam
    September 30, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    My daughter has celiac disease. She tries to eat as many non-processed foods as possible.

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    Amanda Love
    September 30, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    There is nothing like getting fresh ingredients and using them in homemade recipes! These are wonderful suggestions for gluten-free eating. I’m sure a lot of people will appreciate these tips!

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    Chrystal | Nevermore Lane
    September 30, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    One of my besties husband had to go Gluten Free and she is diabetic so she was so stressed trying to figure out what they could eat without buying so many separate foods. I kept trying to tell her to just keep it simple.

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    Jaime
    September 30, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I have a few friends who either have celiac disease or have family members affected by it. They’ve had to go as far as replacing cookware. This is a great resource for people who have to eliminate gluten from their diets.

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    Kiwi
    September 30, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    More and more people are going gluten free for good reason. These are great tips for beginners.

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    Marcie W.
    September 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    These tips are great, as dietary restrictions can certainly be difficult to manage. I think everyone can benefit from avoiding processed foods.

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    Beeb Ashcroft
    October 1, 2016 at 12:46 am

    Eating fresh in general is a great tip! That’s what I like to do often!

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    Brandy
    October 1, 2016 at 1:37 am

    These are all really great tips! Having separate plates is such a good idea.

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    Jeanine
    October 1, 2016 at 2:14 am

    That wrap looks delicious. I have thought about going gf a lot but i had a big struggle limiting what I ate when I had gestational diabetes I’m not sure I can do that type of thing again. I may give it a try though!

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    Theresa
    October 1, 2016 at 3:47 am

    My husband’s chiropractor told him he needs to cut down on the carbs and gluten. Eating nothing but fresh and staying away from the bread is really key to maintaining good health overall.

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    Foodie Finds Home
    October 1, 2016 at 6:14 am

    These are wonderful tips for gluten free eating. I have a friend that comes over during our weekly bible study that is g-free and it challenges me weekly to create a meal that is completely gluten free. I never really new the struggles that a person with celiacs faced until I had someone close to me with it. Now I understand and it has opened my eyes to a whole new world as a chef and it’s made me better for it. Thank you for this post. I believe that more people need to understand this.

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore.com
    October 1, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Love your tips! I am gluten-free and I it’s not easy cause you always have to find gluten-free options for your favorite! I will definitely try your tips here!

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    October 1, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for the really great tips. It can be so hard to find good gluten-free recipes and food!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    October 2, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for this post. I know a lot of people would benefit from it. My family and I have not gone the gluten free route yet, but some of my family members go gluten free. I’m sharing this post with them.

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    Ourfamilyworld
    October 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Oh, awesome tips. Many people are not aware of a gluten-free diet. This is a nice read.

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    mary
    October 2, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    This is great information. I like to stick to fruits, veggies, and meats to avoid gluten too.

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    Veronica Solomon
    October 4, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Those gluten free meals look so yummy! I am so glad there are many options these days

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    Kates
    October 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for this post. In a world of instant, like instant noodles, burger fries, and instant meat we also have an instant life, processed food really degenerates our life time and one way to prevent that is to go fresh! I mean fresh foods! I have a friend who is also suffering from celiac disease, she is very picky when it comes to eating and she always have a food with her whenever we eat outisde, I don’t bother to ask why and now I know! thank you for this post and would definitely refer this to her.

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