Do you have Celiac Disease and find it difficult to stick to a new, Celiac Disease Diet? You are not alone, not only is it difficult to discover what foods you can and cannot eat, but finding Gluten Free foods can be even more challenging.
Don’t worry, with a little “outside the box thinking”, and some common sense, you can learn how to keep you Celiac Disease symptoms under control with easy to follow diets and programs.
The first step is to not be intimidated by the phrase “Gluten Free Diet”. All that it really means, is that foods that contain the wheat protein Gluten, are bad for your system. Many products that you may not think of as wheat products can contain Gluten as a filler product or may have been used as an ingredient for some processed foods.
Luckily, there is a wide variety of non-gluten alternatives available when shopping for a Celiac disease diet. Most of these alternatives loose non of the nutritional value of the gluten containing variety, and suffer no change in flavor or taste.
Some have difficulty when adjusting to these new restrictions when they realize how much wheat is actually used in our every day products. Coffee, sausages, and other non-wheat products can all contain wheat products. However, not all products are off limits. Various other products are perfectly safe and can be used as alternatives, such as:
- Corn for example, does not contain Gluten is well tolerated
- Flax is another common grain that is good.
- Nut and bean based Flours are safe
- Potato starch or flour
- Soy (except for Soy Sauce)
- And Rice and rice products are all approved.
Products vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so be sure to read the labels when you first start shopping with these new rules in mind
Hopefully, this article will show you that simply because you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with gluten sensitivities, does not mean that you will be restricted to a tight, inflexible, and rigid diet formula.
These are only the building blocks, the first step along the path to Gluten Free living.