For those of you who are new to the gluten free journey, here are some tips and tricks that will help you adjust to your new way of eating. One thing to remember is that with good choices, you can be gluten free and still be very healthy!
The healthiest and most cost effective way to eat gluten free, is to search out naturally gluten free foods, that are also high in nutritional value. Things like:
*Fish and other seafood
*Dairy (If you can tolerate it. Many people with Celiac Disease or who are diagnosed Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive, cannot tolerate dairy.) There are dairy alternatives, just make sure you are reading labels to confirm they are gluten free and not filled with a bunch of other stuff.
*Nuts, beans, legumes
It is also important to look for these labels:
*Certified Organic (all foods mentioned above)
*Certified GMO free (all foods mentioned above)
*Grass Fed (Beef)
*Free Range (Poultry and Eggs)
*Pastured (Beef, Poultry, Dairy and Eggs)
*Wild Caught (Fish and Seafood)
These types of food sources are cleaner and tend to be gentler on your system. People who have issues with gluten, tend to have sensitive guts and the feed that is given to animals as well as pesticides on standard produce, transfers into the food source and can cause pretty significant reactions.
There are many healthy grains that do not contain gluten. Things like:
*Buckwheat (also known as Kasha)
*Gluten Free Oats (must say that it is certified GF on the packaging, as a lot of oats are processed on the same equipment as wheat.)
*Brown and White Rice
*Potatoes (all kinds)
It is best to buy the grains mentioned above, already packaged. Buying them from open bins, really puts you at risk for cross contamination.
There are many alternative, gluten free, processed food options out there. But keep in mind, there will be a lot of added sugar as well as other gut irritating preservatives in these types of packaged foods. It is best to buy fresh, so you can cook and bake your own food, without the risk of consuming other irritating chemicals into your already sensitive system.