Dummies’ Guide to Gluten Free Diet

Not sure whether you are suffering from Celiac disease?

Don’t worry. There’s no need to hit the panic button.

It’s a common dilemma that many faces. One of the biggest problems faced by those who are suffering from Celiac disease is that there are almost 300 symptoms possible.

And they can easily confuse it with irritable bowel syndrome and lactose intolerance.

One should be very careful about concluding whether he/she is suffering from Celiac disease.

Some of the common symptoms of this disease are iron deficiency, Bone or joint pain, tingling, numbness in hands and feet, mouth sores, etc.

But once you are sure that you are diagnosed with Celiac disease, following a gluten-free diet is a must.

What’s the need of going Gluten free?

Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat and barley. If you are suffering from Celiac disease, then there is a very high probability that you will be intolerant to wheat and related products.

Isn’t it as easy as dropping of wheat and barley from the diet?

Unfortunately, it’s not.

The complicacy arises because of the fact that gluten appears in many more products than we can imagine.

Gluten can be found in soaps and even in sauces.

Here’s are some of the things what you can do to be completely comfortable with a gluten free diet.

1) Take anything which is fresh:

Fresh vegetable, fruit, meat, poultry, and fish.

Any of these things is welcome.

Remember that eating anything fresh and making it a habit is the best way to start.

2) Eat ‘gluten-free’ products:

Slowly you can expand your diet to the products which are labeled as gluten-free.

Sometimes it may happen that you can get renewed symptoms after eating labeled products.

Simply cut back the products that you have recently added to your diet.

3) Read labels carefully:

If you want to include some more products into your newly adapted diet, study the food tables which are given in almost all products.

Check whether gluten is included in the list or not.

4) Get an app:

If you own a smartphone, get an app which is related to gluten free diet and related issues.

5) Make a list:

Take out some time from your routine and make a list of all the things that you can include in your diet.

This will help in creating a map in your mind about the food you are comfortable with and the food you are not.

6) Socialize but be careful:

There’s no problem in going to parties and public gatherings, but take your food with you.

Don’t let your friends and relatives make food for you because they won’t know the kind of diet you are following.

7) Take tips:

Take support from your friends, relatives, family, and spouse and collect information as much as possible about what else you can do to lead a gluten free life.

Collect different types of gluten free food tables which are released once in a while by authorized sources.

Also read:

Are Lentils Gluten Free?

Does Peanut Butter have Gluten?

Does Chocolate Have Gluten?