A gluten free diet is on some people’s New Year’s resolution to-do list. Unfortunately, there is a perception that going without gluten means sacrificing taste and texture that you normally find in foods that are made with wheat. There are several things you can do to help psyche yourself up for going without gluten for the rest of your life, starting with a New Year’s resolution.
Why Go Gluten Free?
There are many reasons for having no wheat in your diet. Perhaps you have an allergy to wheat. Or maybe your doctor has diagnosed you with Celiac disease in which your intestines can’t quite digest gluten proteins.
Whatever the reason, there is a new study described by Finnish doctors as a gluten free diet is beneficial for non-Celiac sufferers as gluten eventually breaks down antibodies in your gastrointestinal tract. Going gluten-free may also be a testament or statement about breaking the shackles of our wheat-based modern society.
Many online sources have recipes for ingredients to substitute for wheat flour. There are also many updated books that have delicious recipes that can help you stick to your resolution without sacrificing taste. You don’t have any excuses any more.
Allrecipes.com says it has over 800 recipes for all kinds of dishes compiled as gluten free. Substitues for wheat include pita bread, rice flour, barley, quinoa, and many other non-wheat sources for flour. Amazon has a listing of close to 450 books on cooking with gluten free ingredients. Amongst them is Carol Fenster’s 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes and Robert Landolphi’s Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook published in 2009.
Just because you need to have no gluten in your life doesn’t mean you can’t eat out. Many mainstream restaurants offer dishes that don’t include bread no matter what kind of food you order from the appetizer to dessert. Simply making smart menu choices will help you avoid wheat when you eat out. Salads, wraps, and grilled or baked foods instead of batter-fried are all easy ways to do without gluten.
Many restaurants and bakeries are not only specializing in organic food, but some also will say on the menu whether or not their food is gluten-free. A very handy tool for finding a local hotspot for gluten-free foods is the online Gluten Free Registry that covers all fifty states and some foreign countries. There are almost 16,000 entries in their database, so this is a wonderful place to start your search for delicious restaurant food with your gluten free needs in mind.
There are many support groups to help you with a gluten free diet. Celiac.com has resources that can put in touch with support groups. If you can’t find one in your area, there is a forum to post your questions and thoughts on starting your gluten free diet.
One final thing to realize is that a gluten free diet is more of a lifestyle choice. It’s just something that you decide to do and stick with it no matter what.
This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult with your doctor before making any huge dietary changes if you have any questions.