Finding gluten-free recipes you can try is easy; starting a gluten-free diet and successfully sticking with it is not. Below are some easy steps that will make it easy for you to get started.
1. Do your homework
If the gluten-free diet is new to you, you might be surprised to know that many kinds of food contain gluten. But before you even start changing your food choices or lifestyle, learn about the diet first. For starters, learn the difference between gluten-free and wheat-free. It also helps to be familiar with food labelling conventions, like the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ‘gluten-free’ label.
2. Prepare yourself
Once you have a general idea of what gluten-free diet is all about, your next step is to make adjustments in your home and lifestyle. One way of doing this is allocating a shelf or cupboard for gluten-free items. Have your own set of cooking and dining utensils, too, to avoid gluten contamination. Remember, gluten proteins stick to cooking utensils, including pots and pans.
3. Know which foods to avoid
This is the most crucial step: know what kinds of food are rich in gluten. Examples are dishes and food items that contain barley, triticale, wheat, rye and couscous. Also avoid malt, mayonnaise, cold cuts, soy and teriyaki sauces, salad dressings, ice cream, gravy and sausages. Food blogs like Gluten Free Travellers can give you more pointers on what kinds of food to avoid.
4. Know the types of food that you can enjoy
When you know what kinds of food are off-limits, it becomes easier to figure out what you should include in your diet. Take comfort in the fact that going gluten-free doesn’t mean you can no longer enjoy delicious food. You can still eat rice, quinoa, sago, and sorghum. Meat, fish and eggs are also allowed; just avoid the pre-packaged and frozen variety.
Going on a gluten-free diet can be difficult at first, but it’ll get easier the longer you stay on track. And remember, you’re not alone in this endeavour. Just focus on your goal and enjoy your gluten-free journey.