Since we started M's journey, we have learned a lot and shared a lot! People are really starting to take notice of the difference that a gluten-free diet can make! I have been asked to share more about how to start a GF lifestyle. So... by popular demand, here are our pointers for starting your gluten-free journey!
Be strong in your conviction! You know why you are going gluten-free and that is all that matters! You will more than likely meet resistance in the beginning of your journey. The GF diet has come under attack recently for being a fad diet or simply a trend. You will get the eye roll when you ask if there are any GF options. DO NOT give in to the negativity!
Be patient! Do not get discouraged if you do not see the desired results in days or even weeks! Gluten causes damage and it takes time for your body to heal and eliminate the gluten that is still in your system. Some doctors say that it can take anywhere from 6 months to a year to see the full effect of a modified diet. Keep your reasons for going GF in the front of your mind and keep going.
Get connected! No one ever wants to go it alone. Research gluten-free support groups both online and in your community. The best resource you can have is the experience of others. I joined a few different Facebook GF groups and found that it was a great place to ask questions, learn what to avoid and get some delicious recipes!
Do your research, again! The number one advice that we got when we started our journey was to, "READ THE LABELS!" Manufactures can change ingredients or production at anytime without warning. What this means- just because you have determined that it was gluten-free at one point, that does not mean that product is always going to be a safe option. If you have a question- contact the company!
Switch it up! You can go gluten-free without breaking the bank. You can buy GF pastas, cookies, crackers, pizza and tons of other pre-packaged products. This can and will get costly. Instead, replace certain items with NATURALLY GF choices. For example, instead of buying a expensive box of GF crackers for snacks- grab an apple, dried fruit or popcorn!
Be proud to be gluten-free! Eating a restricted diet is both a challenging and rewarding journey. Be proud that you are trying something new and be proud of the choices that you are making for your health!
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Do you have any advice for GF newbies? Have you ever considered going GF?