Gluten free healthy eating may seem somewhat obscure when you’re first introduced to your new diet and lifestyle, however, personally as a gluten free dieter myself, I find that my diet and health are so much better for eating and living this way. When I think of the past and how awful I felt, I can’t fathom going back to feeling so ill, bloated, and generally fatigued by the whole problem. It took me awhile to find the foods that would give me better nourishment because as a new gluten free dieter you want to just replace bagels, bread and muffins and pizza, but I learned how to make better food choices for my condition.
Gluten Free Naturally
If you think in terms of what is already gluten free naturally, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meat, and perhaps some low fat dairy if you can handle dairy products, you’ll be on the right track right from the start. Instead of cereal and toast in the morning, I’ve switched my breakfast to raw fruit smoothies that include frozen bananas, strawberries, flax meal, and chia seeds. I toss that through my vitamix for a few minutes and drink it right down.
What About Bread
As new gluten free dieters, we all miss our bread. However, I found some great wheat bread substitutions at the health food co-op I work for. Some of them include grains like quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, or amaranth flours. These are much different in texture than the wheat bread we were used to prior to our gluten free life, however, I have found them to be very satisfying when I need a bread fix. Or baking your own gluten free bread works with these same flours as well.
Baking Gluten Free
Newcomers to the gluten free diet will start out baking gluten free by using rice and potato flours. However, often these choices are stripped of valuable nutrition like protein and fiber. I began to be adventurous once picking up my job at the health co-op and trying new flours made from garbanzo bean, almond, and coconut flours. Then for more bread worthy baking I’ve used flours like quinoa, buckwheat, and teff flours. The flour choice you make depends upon what you’re baking.
Seasonal and Local
Look to what is local and fresh for the season where you live. Finding farmers that raise great hormone free, gluten free meat is sometimes easy if you put some effort into searching those farms out. While your picking up your meat, you can see what they have available for produce as well. I have found some good farmers just west of where I live that I count on for this very purpose. If you have a local health food co-op in your area, you could inquire about this there.
Source: Personal experience eating gluten free as a Celiac sufferer and working at a health food co-op