So You Want to be Gluten Free? Here’s How to Start
If you are allergic to gluten (celiac disease) life can be miserable. Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley, and simply avoiding these grains is not going to make you feel better. A huge amount of food products have gluten in them and they can make you sick. It is not going to be easy, but once you eliminate all gluten from your diet, you will notice a big difference. Here are some tips to help you become gluten free.
Knowledge is power
There is only one way to eliminate gluten and that is to know which foods contain gluten. You might think that only wheat or rye breads have gluten but that is not the case. Gluten is used in most baking products today, and it keeps bread from crumbling. It also works with yeast to help baked goods rise and retain their shape.
You have to read food labels. Manufacturers must list ingredients and this means you need to go through all the foods in the house and separate gluten from non-gluten. This could take some time, as gluten is present in all kinds of things. In fact, many unexpected items in your pantry as well supplements and vitamins often contain gluten. Be sure when going through your pantry and your fridge to check the labels on salad dressing bottles, gravy, sauces and premade soups, as many manufacturers thicken their products with gluten. It may be best to make your own, to be safe.
You can eat fresh foods
Eat all the fresh produce and meats that you want. By having a diet free of pre-made and processed foods and switching to purely fresh options of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and poultry you control your gluten intake, and set yourself up to be healthier all in one hit.
Avoid these things
You will need to stay away from most flours. Gluten is also present in most pasta products unless the labels read “gluten free”. Foods that contain malt must be avoided including malt vinegars and flavourings, and yes that also includes beer, and meats that are beer battered.
You should quit using bread crumbs, flour tortillas, salad croutons, crackers, wheat germ, pretzels, pita breads, pizza crusts, croissants, and bagels, unless they are free of gluten.
Make sure to read labels on processed meat products like hot dogs and pre-cooked hamburger patties, and when you dine out you have to be extra careful because there are no food labels at restaurants. You could get gluten from chips that have been cooked in the same oil as battered onion rings.
Buy Gluten Free Products
The best way to steer clear of gluten is to choose gluten free products like our NEW Sugar Free Kitchen Double Choc Cookie Mix, Vanilla Cookie Mix, Lamington Cake Mix and the absolute favourite...Chocolate Mousse Mix. They are gluten free and are a source of protein. You can use Perfect Sweet™ gluten free products for baking your own great tasting cookies, cake and dessert and each packet can make other recipes!
If you are just starting out on your gluten free journey, be patient. It may take your body a few weeks to get rid of the effects of gluten. Drink a lot of water each day, and that will help to detox your body. Before long, you should begin to feel less bloated and better.
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