So you’ve been diagnosed, but the doctor just told you to eat gluten-free and then waved you out the door. So what do you do now?
Well, if you're like most people you'll get on the google google and do your diligent research. After reading 100 articles, you'll feel confident and start eating gluten-free ready to experience all the amazing health benefits you just read.
6 months later you still have symptoms and the doctor says that it looks as if you haven't gone gluten-free at all. Fuck.
Here are the 5 thing you absolutely MUST DO if you are adopting a gluten-free diet to treat celiac disease or gluten-intolerance.
1. Replace all of your wooden cutting boards, pots, pans and cooking utensils.
The number one problem that I hear from my readers is how they still struggle with symptoms long after they adopt a gluten-free diet.
After asking them all about the changes they made after adopting the gluten-free diet, I found one vital piece of information.
None of them had switched out any of their cooking gear.
Gluten can get trapped in all of the scratches and scrapes that you seen on your pots, pans, and cutting boards. As you continue to use these kitchen utensils over time, small amounts of gluten can break away and cross-contaminate your food without you ever realizing (with the exception of the hell that will greet you next time you go to the bathroom).
Change out your kitchen supplies.
It’s not that expensive and it will save you a lot of misery.
2. If you are in a gluten-free household, remove all gluten.
If you live by yourself or you live in a fully gluten-free household, you need to make sure that you give your pantry and shelves a really good cleaning.
By getting rid of any food that you can’t eat, you are simultaneously getting rid of any temptation while also cleaning the slate so you can start off your new lifestyle the right way.
Any and all food that you cannot eat you should give away right away. Anything that you can donate to your local food bank is definitely the way to go. Help others while you help yourself.
3. If you aren’t in a gluten-free household, separate and label all of your glutinous and gluten-free foods
While having a completely gluten-free home is ideal, it’s definitely not necessary. Most of us live with family or roommates who are not gluten-free and would rather take down donuts until they were sick then going gluten-free!
The best way to start in a shared home is to individually store and label all gluten-free items away from other gluten containing foods. By labeling, and placing in their own containers away from gluten-containing food you are far more likely to succeed.
If you can, try and make a counter or portion of your kitchen a gluten-free zone. That way you can avoid crumbs or any other cross-contamination issues without having to worry too much. (Thanks for the tip GlutenDude)
4. Make sure that you have a separate toaster and other cooking appliances
Buying all of that new kitchen equipment earlier would be useless if you let them come in contact with gluten. For that reason, it’s best to have your own gluten-free only cooking tools.
By having a designated gluten-free toaster, you wouldn’t have to worry about properly cleaning such a difficult appliance. You could also have some delicious gluten-free toast along with your Sunday brunch feast.
5. Learn to cook
When I was growing up I never wanted to cook. I knew how, but I was far to lazy to spend an hour cooking food and then another hour (but actually only 10 minutes) cleaning up after myself.
I grew out of that fast, and you should too.
Cooking is an essential life skill. If you can’t cook, you literally don’t have the necessary skills to survive.
How can you succeed anywhere if you can’t take time to learn how to properly fuel your body and brain on your journey to the top?
If you just don’t know where to start I have some pretty incredible recipes here from some insanely good food experts. All of them are gluten-free, most are gluten and dairy free.
Check them out, learn to cook, accomplish your goals.
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