Gluten-Free The Easy Way!

FOUR STEPS TO TRANSFORMING YOUR HEALTH

So, you receive test results or you’re having a conversation with your health care provider, and you hear the words “gluten-free”.  At first, it doesn’t mean much to you, but then you start reading a bit, or listening to your doctor, and all of a sudden the reality of what a “gluten-free” lifestyle really means starts setting in.

Before you start panicking about not ever eating your favorite pizza again, take a breath, and realize that you are incredibly lucky.  Yes, lucky.  Right now, there are so many resources available that makes changing to gluten-free eating pretty painless.  This website is one of them – we’re here to help!

I’ve been eating gluten-free for about 30 years now, and I’ve learned a lot, that is for sure.  Here is what I tell everyone who comes to me with that deer in the headlight look (or worse) when they have no idea how to eat anymore.

1.  INFORMATION

Get educated!  We are continually finding new special diet cookbooks, websites, articles, and products.  You are not alone.  Many people have these same dietary challenges and that means better resources for all of us, and the number of people who are eating gluten-free is skyrocketing, which only helps all of us.  Go to the library, the bookstores, search online, read magazines, ask questions, share information and visit us often for updates.  Learn what it takes to keep your body healthy and become your own expert.

2. PREPARATION

Don’t wait until you are hungry to figure out what to eat.  Meal planning, careful shopping, food preparation and restaurant research will all help you to maintain a healthy eating plan.  Be sure to stock your pantry with your special ingredients, make meals and snacks in advance.  Know which restaurants serve meals that are safe for you and always have a healthy snack in your purse, glove box, and desk drawer – just in case.

3.  DEDICATION

Eating gluten-free is not a diet.  It is the new and healthier way you will be eating for the rest of your life.  It can be a bit challenging in the beginning, as all new things can be.  Soon it will become just a way of life and your dedication will be rewarded with feeling better, having a healthier body, and a better quality of life.

4.  CELEBRATION

Chances are, you need a new eating plan because your body, mind, and/or emotional  state made it clear that the way you had been eating was not right for you.  Eating food that you have an intolerance or sensitivity to can create huge challenges by way of serious disease, chronic conditions, and a diminishing quality of life.  Being able to help, and perhaps even eliminate, these conditions simply by changing the food you eat…..well, that is, indeed, cause for celebration!

The first step is the hardest.  Just take the leap, get started, and you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel!

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