Gluten intolerance or a more severe form of it known as coeliac disease has been on a rise and more and more people are choosing to go gluten free for life. While it sounds like a monumental task, believe us when we say it’s not so bad.
Here’s a beginners guide to go gluten free!
Gluten is a specific type of protein widely found in grains like wheat, barley, etc. It can cause allergies and diseases mostly related to the intestine.
Going gluten free can be a big change to your diet so when you first decide to go gluten free, take a trip to a loaded departmental store and buy your stock. You’ll be required to read the contents of almost every product but you’ll be surprised to see the available variety that is gluten free.
Weigh your options and start with consulting a dietician or going the natural way. Indulge in fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, different types of nuts and seeds, egg and dairy products, chicken, seafood, pulses, and more.
What Are You Giving Up?
If you are fond of bread and its variants, as well as pastas, pizzas, etc. then that will be the most difficult thing to give up. Bid adieu to muffins, croissants, bagels, burgers, etc. You might get lucky to find gluten free pasta in some stores but it is still not widely available. Corn and rice are gluten free, easily available and easy to incorporate in your diet.
The good news is that there are gluten free alternatives to every food item; it might take some adjusting in terms of availability and taste. Practicing caution should be a priority but you can always enjoy a meal with family and friends with a wine glass on the side if you plan well. More and more eateries are going gluten free by offering gluten free customizations to your meals. While it may look like too much effort at first, it will eventually become a habit, and a healthy one at that!