Deciding what to put on your gluten-free plate can be quite overwhelming.
The words, “You have Celiac Disease”, or “you’re gluten intolerant” can send a shock wave through your brain and body.
Lots of thoughts float through our head . . .
What is gluten?
What CAN I eat?
Where do I find gluten-free food?
How do I know what to cook?
What SHOULD I be eating?
And typically, we get stuck on the thought
“There’s nothing left to eat!”
So . . . what should you eat
when you’re gluten-free?
The big truth is that you have to eat gluten-free right away. This is not some diet you will explore for a while, spend time researching, and then start eating gluten-free.
Once you have your diagnosis – you need to start eating gluten-free immediately as now you KNOW that gluten has been damaging your body. You need to stop that!
What does this mean for
your gluten-free plate?
Start where you are.
What do you typically eat? Start there.
Have you always eaten processed foods? Or, maybe you eat a combination of processed and whole foods. Start there.
Grab a few gluten-free foods to try at your local grocery store. Just go and look around to see what you like. (You may get hit with sticker shock at the prices of GF food. Grab a copy of the How to Save Money Being Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet right here and start saving today.)
The good news is that there are now better and healthier gluten-free options available than in the past. You can also find gluten-free foods more easily today in many locations.
Find gluten-free options you like,
foods you enjoy eating.
Try some Vans waffles, a Hilary’s Veggie Burger for lunch, and a frozen cauliflower pizza or gluten-free pasta for dinner. Throw in a handful of nuts and an apple for a snack.
Now – you are starting here. Eating like this all the time will not serve your health in the long run.
You’re not staying here.
Once you look around, you will see that we have so many gluten-free foods to eat! Check out this blog post to see how many foods you CAN eat.
Celebrate! You will broaden your plate. You’ll learn new foods you haven’t eaten before and you can start to create a healthier plate in the long run.
All good things take time
The same is true for your gluten-free life – you will not have it down the first day you find out you need to be gluten-free.
But, if I jammed you with quinoa salad and smoothies on day one of your gluten-free journey – you might very well jump back into bed, pull your pillow over your head and say this is WAY too hard!
Take some easy steps. Breath and know you have a lifetime of delicious food ahead – oh yes you do!
I can show you how to eat well living gluten-free and NOT fall into the deprivation mode that is a definite part of the journey.
Deprivation will kick in from time to time. But, when you have the skills to deal with it, this passes and you move on to healthier days ahead.
Gluten-free friend – you’ve got this!
Go out and explore your grocery stores (There are SO many places you CAN shop for your gluten-free needs!) and find some new foods to try.
Know that you will step away from the processed food aisle and create a healthier plate one step at a time.
Honestly- it is easier than you think!
Don’t miss this!
Join me over in the Gluten-Free Moms
Facebook group for the
Gluten-Free GREENS CHALLENGE
Monday, April 26th – Friday, April 30th
Boost the health on your gluten-free plate!
Jennifer will teach you how to boost your health and energy through sharing important information and demonstrating easy and delicious recipes you can make at home – recipes your whole family will eat – over in the Facebook group.
You can change your plate to change your life!
Join us for fun, prizes, and to see how you CAN create a healthier plate living gluten-free. Whether you’re just starting out or have been gluten-free for a bit, this is for you!