7 Simple Ways to Go Gluten-Free

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Thinking about giving the gluten-free diet a try? It’s easier than you might think. Check out these seven ways to do it easily!

1. Pantry Purge:

Go through your pantry, refrigerator and freezer to make sure all wheat, rye and barley foods, as well as processed foods containing gluten, are gone. (You can donate them to Feeding America, formerly known as Second Harvest) Don’t hold on to anything containing gluten if you want to go cold turkey!

2. Stock Up:

Refill those pantry and refrigerator shelves with gluten-free goodness. Rice pasta, almond flour, and buckwheat noodles are just a few of the many gluten-free goodies you can choose from. Visit a natural foods store for gluten-free breads and other baked goods. Check ethnic grocery stores for alternative goods, too – most Asian and Indian grocery markets offer naturally gluten-free groceries for budget prices. Check out the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) Getting Started Guide or Triumph Dining’s Gluten-Free Grocery Guide! Or shop for gluten-free pantry staples online, at Amazon.comGluten Free Mall, or any other gluten free shopping website.

3. Learn to Cook (and Practice!):

Just as with any healthy or special diet, knowing how to cook is a no-brainer. Master the essentials and you can start getting creative. Follow simple, gluten-free recipes that look tasty – try the recipes from gluten-free foodie blogs like Elana’s Pantry or The Spunky Coconut and many others.

4. Network:

It’s always a good idea to find like-minded people when going against the grain (pun intended!). Others can help you by sharing their experiences and advice. Get tips and tricks (and resources) from the gluten-free gurus at Gluten Free Network, the Celiac Network,  and NFCA on Facebook and Twitter.

5. Review Restaurants:

Not everyone can cook every meal at home every day! Find out which restaurants offer great gluten-free choices. Take a look at the GREAT Gluten-free Restaurant Training Program and Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program to find a restaurant near you. Triumph Dining, serving the Gluten-Free community since 2005, has a Gluten-Free Restaurant Guide just for you!

6. Learn:

Educate yourself about gluten, where it comes from and the many forms it can take. Take the Do You Know Gluten? quiz. Discover the world of gluten information on CeliacCentral.org and Celiac.com. Browse gluten-free blogs for interesting, relevant information – check out Gluten Free Goddess, Simply Sugar and Gluten Free or Gluten Free Vegan.

7. Inspect Labels:

Gluten can be sneaky. Whenever you’re purchasing foods that have been processed in any way, scrutinize those ingredients labels for the following which can contain gluten:

  • Artificial Colors or Flavors
  • Vinegar or White Vinegar
  • Monosodium Glutamate or MSG (dangerous and toxic, anyway)
  • Modified Food Starch
  • Dextrose
  • Spelt
  • Sprouted Grain
  • Vegetable Protein
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Non-Dairy Creamer
  • Starch
  • Stabilizers
  • Natural Flavors/Flavoring
  • Natural Juices
  • Hydrolized Vegetable Protein
  • Food Starch
  • Fat Replacer
  • Ground Spices
  • Dry Roasted Nuts
  • Glucose Syrup

For more hidden gluten ingredients, check out this list.

With these seven simple steps, you’re all set to try going gluten-free. Let us know how it goes in the comments below! Or, do you have a tip for going gluten-free? Share it with us!

This article was provided by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. Visit CeliacCentral.org to discover more about the NFCA.

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