How do I eat Gluten Free???

If you are reading this article, chances are you have been told that you need to eat gluten-free, it has been suggested that you would feel better being gluten-free, or you are a celiac. At first, it can seem overwhelming. I am going to attempt to simplify it for you.

A good wholesome diet can easily be gluten-free. Your diet should have a foundation of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, legumes, and some dairy if your body can handle it. In addition, carbohydrates such as rice, corn, and potatoes are naturally gluten-free.

Here is a simple list of naturally gluten free grains:

  • Corn (grits, cornmeal, cornflour etc)
  • Rice (brown, white, rice flour, basmati, etc.)
  • Amaranth, arrowroot and cassava, buckwheat, flax, millet, quinoa, sorghum , tapioca, teff, polenta (also flours made from these ingredients)

Gluten Free Ingredients

  • Lecithin
  • Maltodextrin
  • Silicon dioxide
  • Starch and Food Starch
  • Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum
  • Cornstarch, arrowroot, tapioca
  • Sucrose, fructose, dextrose, and lactose
  • 100% vanilla
  • Cocoa powder, baking soda
  • SOME baking powders (Bob’s Red Mill And Clabber Girl are great options!)
  • Vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut oil, canola oil, avocado oil

Obviously, this isn’t an extensive must but just a “get started” list.

One caveat: gluten free DOES NOT necessarily mean “healthier!” Pre-packaged gluten free food is still processed and full of refined grains and possibly MORE sugar than their gluten containing counterparts. My biggest recommendation is to shop the perimeter at your grocery store for 80-90% of your foods and get the remaining 10-20% within the aisles.

Stay tuned for: “How to Eat Out” and “My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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