How to Find Gluten-Free Foods in a Gluten-Filled World
As I mentioned in my previous article, it has been 11 years since I was diagnosed with celiac disease/gluten intolerance. During that time, Iíve discovered many things that have helped me improve my quality of life in spite of my disease.
In addition to finding things that taste good to me, Iíve also discovered how to make my life much more pleasant and enjoyable.
One of the major areas of my life that I truly enjoy are meal times with my family.
The things that Iíve learned have helped me to become the leader in my family as far as meal times and our diets go. I have learned how to make meals the enjoyable and close times of sharing that they are meant to beÖnot complaint sessions to whine about the food and how much they dislike what I'm serving them.
The times of closeness and sharing result from the elimination of the complaints and whining. The removal of the associated disunity and discord begins with your food selection.
Here is a reality: You will probably never get the rest of your family to like everything that you eat. So, you need to be prepared to cook for them and to cook separately for you; or, for the gluten intolerant member(s) of your household and the rest.
That process begins with food selection. The fact is that you will need to select foods that they are used to and like AND to pick foods that you can eat and enjoy, also.
Iím sure that you already know how to select foods that the non-gluten intolerant members of your family will eat and enjoy. So, Iím only going to talk about how to select foods that are safe for you or the gluten intolerant members of your householdÖ Just remember to keep your food and theirs separate.
How to Identify and Avoid Foods that Are Likely to Be Contaminated With Gluten
At first, you will probably find that itís hard to eliminate gluten. Unfortunately, cutting-out just some of the gluten from your diet isn't going to help. To see any results at all, especially the elimination long-term effects such as various autoimmune diseases and cancer, you must avoid it completely. If you are gluten intolerant or have been diagnosed with Celiac disease your day-to-day well-being and, in fact, your life may actually depend upon how successful you become at removing gluten from your diet.
There is plenty of information available for the gluten-free chef, once you get over the shock of finding out you need such a change, so don't despair. The information may not seem easy to find at first, but there is an active community of gluten-free cooks eager to share with you. I have links to information and other sites that are gluten-free at Elegantly, Gluten-Free. Check the signature box for this article for a link to my website.
Plus, there are other places where you can find information about gluten-free living: ē Your personal physician may be able to provide you with information you can use. ē Your doctor may be willing to refer you to a nutritionist. ē Or, she may be able to put you in touch with a registered dietician. ē Find as many people as you can who also need to avoid gluten -- start or join a support group. ē Locate books on the subject at your public library or a bookseller. ē Google and similar searches can yield a wealth of links to useful and accurate information.
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