Living gluten free: it’s not that bad

More and more, I’ve noticed people in my life needing to start living the gluten-free lifestyle. I say lifestyle because it definitely isn’t as easy as avoiding nuts (my boyfriend is allergic to tree nuts and he never has any issues with cross contamination). Gluten sneaks into almost everything that we eat, which is why I figured I would make this guide.

What not to eat

It’s common for gluten to sneak into foods that don’t have to words “gluten”, “wheat” or “barely” in them. The words you need to look out for are:

  • wheatberries
  • durum
  • emmer
  • semolina
  • spelt
  • farina
  • farro
  • graham
  • KAMUT® khorasan wheat
  • einkorn wheat
  • Rye
  • Barely
  • Malt
  • Brewer’s Yeast
  • Wheat Starch
  • Soy sauce
  • meat substitutes (sorry vegetarians)
  • Meat seasoning (prepackaged like Old El Paso)
  • Pre-seasoned meats
  • imitation seafood
  • Eggs (only ones with added ingredients)

Source

It’s very important to make sure that anything containing these foods is labelled “gluten-free”, but I normally make sure that all of my prepackaged food is labelled that way to avoid cross contamination.

Awesome Brands

  • Vans
  • Udi’s
  • Annie’s
  • Glutino
  • Whole Foods Store Brand

Restaurants

Unfortunately, I love to eat out, but many places just don’t have enough gluten free options. A few exceptions to that rule  are:

  • Red Robin
  • First Watch
  • Seasons Pizza
  • The Green Turtle
  • Chic-fil-a (only some locations and must be on request)
  • California Pizza
  • Dennys
  • Phillips Seafood
  • And most burger places can be gluten free if you bring your own bun.

Before eating at any restaraunt, make sure that you either ask for a labelled menu or to speak to the head cook or chef.

Supplements

Make sure you check the ingredients on your supplements before choosing to go gluten free. I’ve gotten caught a few times. Make sure that you’re getting all of the vitamins that you need with such a radical change in diet.

With these warnings, it should hopefully be easier for anyone looking to maintaining a gluten free lifestyle to get there!

 

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