The guide to being gluten-free – meals, tips & facts

Being Gluten-free can either be a choice or necessity. For me it’s a necessity, I have an allergy to it but for people like my dad he chooses to eat gluten-free because of all the health benefits it provides.

When you first go gluten-free, it can be a struggle just to figure out what to eat. At the end of a busy day and all you want to do is eat, sometimes it can seem impossible to stay away from flour! No more whipping up some pasta or lasagna or ordering pizza, you actually have to cook! I hated this when I first found out I couldn’t eat flour. But don’t fret because you still can order pizza or chinese food, you just have to request it gluten-free.

Here is a little tip for all you beginners out there, just because you are gluten-free doesn’t mean you should eat pizza and cookies every night. I know many people who think that because they are gluten-free it is okay for them to eat junk food all the time. It’s not! And for many people (me) this can be so hard. When I first went gluten-free I was eating cookies and pizza just gluten free and I thought this way okay. Then one day I stopped and realized all of the sugar and sodium I was consuming. Those foods are not good for you all the time. Once in a while they are okay but not everyday. That is why once a week I eat a gluten-free cookie as a reward. The rest of the week I eat salads, meat and vegetables,  and let me say that I feel great!

If you are thinking about becoming gluten-free then feel free to ask me any questions you might have because I would be happy to answer them. This post will include meal prep, facts about being gluten-free, and quick and easy recipes for beginners.

Enjoy 🙂


Gluten Free recipes are a great way to lose some weight or just to change your eating habits. Some tips for preparing meals are

  • go online and search “easy gluten-free recipes” and tons of choices will pop up – this is a great option for those starting out who need some ideas
  • Buy a gluten-free cookbook
  • Always Always have gluten-free flour in your pantry because you never know when you might need to whip something up that calls for it.
  • If you have to go out to Dinner with a friend or for work, call the restaurant up early to ask them about their gluten-free options that way when you get there you won’t hold up the table.
  • For meal prepping the week, buy gluten-free marinades and seasoning so if you are in a rush one night you can quickly marinade chicken or season some fish.
  • Just because you are gluten-free doesn’t mean you should eat sugars and salts every night.
  • Try and stay away from frozen food because the salt content is so high in those and that can cause you to gain weight.
  • Just because you can’t eat gluten doesn’t mean you still can’t order takeout/pizza – When ordering chines request them to make your order gluten-free and  if ordering pizza ask them to use gluten-free crust. I know some places won’t do this for you but most places do.
  • Check out this link for great meal prep options that are gluten-free and anti-inflammatory
  • Check the soy contest on many gluten-free foods because I have noticed throughout my travels that in a lot of gluten-free food the soy content is high.
  • Just because a product says gluten-free doesn’t mean it is wheat free. I have no idea why they would add wheat for obvious reasons but who knows!
  • Check out gluten-free pancake mixes, Pillsbury makes a great one and Wal-Mart sells it. There is also gluten-free macaroni that is so great for those nights that you are in the mood for it. There are also so many gluten-free cookie recipes that you can buy in a box that are perfect for parties for a quick whip up.
  • Just because something doesn’t say gluten-free doesn’t mean that it isn’t – like peanut butter or popcorn, just read the ingredients to check.

How to make your own gluten-free flour

  • Check out this link because it tells you how to make different kinds of gluten-free flour. I personally don’t make my own because I just buy it at the store pre-made but if you are someone who likes to know exactly what you are eating then making your own flour is perfect for you.
  • Here is the gluten-free flour that I use. Pillsbury  also makes a great flour. Unfortunately the Hanford’s by me no longer sells the Pillsbury one so I changed to BOBs and I was just as happy.

Tips and tricks to being and staying gluten-free

  • Just because you are in the mood for pizza doesn’t mean you have to break the diet. Order gluten-free pizza!
  • Be Patient – at first it can seem overwhelming but trust me once you get the hang of it you will be so happy!
  • Be positive instead of being mad that you can’t order the brownie sundae at Ben & Jerry’s be positive and think about how much healthier you are going to be because of it!
  • DON’T CHEAT! – this is one of the worst mistakes you can make. Once you cheat on your diet you will never want to go back. Believe me, I speak from experience, I once gave up dairy for many months and then one day I decided to reward myself, well ever since then and it has been about 5 months I have been rewarding myself 🙂 !!!
  • Make Connections – there are so many people out there who are gluten-free, who knows your co-worker might be. Talk with others, go to gluten-free fairs (yes these are real, I did not know this either), go online because then you can get help and see what other people do. Also, there are support groups out there that are great for 1st timers.
  • Gather information this goes hand in hand with making connections, but go online and do research to learn more about meals.
  • Take 2 hours out of your day and browse around the whole supermarket and you will be surprised at how much food is gluten-free.
  • Just because something doesn’t say gluten-free – like peanut butter or popcorn doesn’t mean you can’t eat it, just read over the ingredients
  • Look for a GF certification seal – when you are looking for gluten-free products, a seal of approval from one of the groups that certify gluten-free can give you an increased level of confidence in their safety.
  • Solve the bread challenge – Bread should remain a staple in your daily diet. Try Udi’s bread – this is a great brand for those of use who are gluten free. Also, feel free to make your own bread. There are some great recipes online, just search “gluten-free bread recipes”

Facts 

  • Everyone with celiac disease is gluten sensitive, but not everyone with gluten sensitivity will develop celiac disease
  • Gluten can cause autoimmune disease
  • Gluten is a common cause of unexplained iron deficiency anemia
  • There is a form of gluten in corn that can cause inflammatory damage
  • Gluten can cause seizures
  • Gluten can cause thyroid disease
  • Gluten can cause 4 types of skin disease
  • Casein, a protein in dairy, can mimic gluten
  • Children with learning disorders often respond well to a gluten-free diet.

Found on gluten free society

gluten free Recipes 

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