I decided to have an entire podcast episode on this very topic so that I may help you feel a little more confident and squash this little lie that you can not eat anything! Cause that my friend is what that is… it is a lie… listen to the entire episode as I help you find your ‘gluten free groove’ and eating foods you love and still being safe!
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Have you ever had the thought, I just can’t eat anything!? I sure did after being newly diagnosed, specifically after my first trip to the grocery store. Literally, I wandered helplessly for 3 1/2 hours checking package by package, isle by isle to on leave with 2 items in my cart.
Today I want to share with you how I have come to squash that belief… and for those of you who have been gluten free for a while now… I will be sharing some inside secrets to help you step up your gluten free game as well!
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Now she is a very optimistic person and is one that I often lean on for strength and positivity… but in answering this question, she began to tell me ALL of the things she couldn’t eat.
But when I asked her details, her tone changed and she seemed more helpless than anything.
After listening to her for about 5 minutes trying to remember all that she couldn’t consume, I stopped her… and I said wait a minute… I don’t really want to hear all that you can’t have… tell me what you can have… her entire demeanor changed and she happily told me all the foods she can eat… and then just then it was like a light bulb a-ha moment for me!
With gluten-free and celiac living, how often do we dwell on what we can not have versus the infinite number of foods we can have.
I googled what can gluten free people eat?
Wheat, rye and barley are the major foods that need to be avoided while following a gluten-free diet.
You can make your gluten free dreams come true. If you love a certain food, like pizza… then research, test out the highest rated recipes on Pinterest and find your winning recipe!! You get to be in control of this.
I was so proud of that… and actually known for making the best cakes… so when we went gluten free… this was something I knew I needed to master.
If you want that recipe- go check out my blog at servingceliacs.com under gluten free cake blogpost… you won’t regret it…
So whatever you love or perhaps it is your child or a loved one who needs to eat gluten free… master their recipe… master what they are missing and I can guarantee there will be more excitement and joy in their gluten free life!!!
So utilize their talents…. Go to Pinterest… search on google… find a few new favorite go to recipes that will WOW your family!!!
I feel like I would be doing you a massively big disservice if I don’t share with you the importance of what gluten free foods we are consuming… I know we need to work in baby steps so we don’t go into a place of overwhelm and depression… but if you are ready to step up your gluten free game… then…
‘It’s important not to replace gluten-containing foods with more red meat, full-fat dairy, starchy vegetables, sweets and fats, which can lead to a higher intake of cholesterol, saturated fat, sodium and unwanted calories.
Studies suggest that the nutritional quality of commercially prepared gluten-free products varies from similar gluten-containing products.
Okay, here’s another resource I want to share from gluten.org
On the other hand, this same person could easily substitute gluten-free breads, pastas and cookies into the diet, without increasing intake of healthful gluten-free foods like vegetables and fruits.
This type of gluten-free diet may be higher in calories, since many processed gluten-free foods contain higher levels of fat and/or sugar to compensate for flavor and texture changes which result from the removal of gluten.
Replacing gluten-containing foods with processed, gluten-free alternatives can lead to weight gain — cookies, breads, and snack foods should still be consumed in moderation, whether they contain gluten or not.
Chances are the gluten-free version is going to list white rice flour or milled corn as the first ingredient, she adds. “That isn’t any healthier.” Other gluten-free products may swap in higher calorie ingredients like nuts or dried fruits, nutrient-dense calories that can add up quickly.
My girl Karalynne with Just.Ingredients shared the other day a post that was spot on… ‘Strive to live a healthy diet, not a perfect diet.
Which leads me to bringing up a resource that Karalynne and I did together… friend, we worked countless hours to bring you a safe gluten free guide with better choices!
So what this guide does, is it breaks down by category, safe gluten free products with good choices and better choices.
The guide will allow you to learn safer- cleaner brands and products that we can consume and get our bodies feeling our best.
Both safe and the healthier packaged goods, that can allow your body to heal and perform at a higher level!! Who doesn’t want that???
You can find this guide on our website at servingceliacs.com click on the tab that reads gluten free guide…
Now I want to recap on what we have covered today…
2. Master a gluten free version of your favorite foods
3. You are already monitoring what you eat… step up your game and make choices that will truly help your body function at it’s best! BE ALL IN!