You finally have a diagnosis yet 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 truth is that you have to eat gluten-free right away. This is not a 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!
So . . . HOW do you fill
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.
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
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.
Start where you are
and then broaden your plate
Once you look around, you will see that we have so many gluten-free foods to eat!
Celebrate! You’ll learn new foods you haven’t eaten before and start to create a healthier plate overall.
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. Breathe 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 can be easier than you think!