One of the most frustrating things that one can ever experience is finding out that you are gluten-intolerant. Why? It’s because you have to be on guard with the foods that you eat daily. Processed foods are a no-no, but most foods today are processed, which leaves you to only a few options. To be confined in a gluten-free diet is rather challenging, but this can be dealt with through a regulated process. The initial process is acceptance.
The situation where you anymore can’t dwell with your current lifestyle like eating in fast foods, canned soups, commercially-produced cakes and pastries has to sink in to you. The second step is to plan your daily meals. For the first few days of your gluten-free diet, you need to focus on digesting whole and unprocessed gluten-free foods, which include the following:
– Fresh foods and vegetable that are unpacked
– All meats that were not yet mixed with seasonings and saline solution
– Grains that do not include wheat or were not processed using wheat
– Foods that were not processed by food manufacturers that usually make use of wheat as one of their ingredients
This is not an easy task for people who are not yet used to a gluten-free diet or those that usually go for ready-to-eat or ready-to-cook foods. If you are still having a hard time planning your meals, this article can hopefully make things easier for you.
– Chex cereals is the best gluten-free food that can help jumpstart your day. There is a variety of Chex products and they are widely available in the market at an affordable price.
– If you are used to eating breakfast bars, you might want to replace them with fresh fruits or cereals.
– If you like eating hot food for breakfast, eggs are safe to eat. You can poach, scramble or fry eggs, any way you want it. Sausages, hot cereals and bacons should be out of your list unless they are labelled ‘gluten-free’.
– Make a fresh fruit salad with chicken, which will serve as your protein. But be careful not to use dressings that have gluten content in it. Make your own gluten-free dressing instead, such as vinaigrette.
– If you plan to eat lunch in a restaurant, choose foods that are gluten-free. If you’re not sure which foods are gluten-free, feel free to ask the chef. It is also a wise idea to call the restaurant first to know if they serve such foods.
– The simplest gluten-free food that you can prepare for dinner is meat seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper. Aside from rice or potatoes, you can also have some fresh veggies on the side.
There you go – a simple guide to start a gluten-free diet. But wait! Here are more tips for you:
- Plan your weekly/daily meals including your snacks and beverages.
- Make a research regarding the foods that you should avoid and look for recipes that are made especially for people who are gluten intolerant.
- List as many gluten-free products as you can that are available in the market or groceries.