We live in a gluten world so adapting to a gluten-free diet is challenging. I can happily tell you that it gets easier with experience. You get more and more comfortable being able to suss out the (hidden) gluten over time thanks to the tips and tricks you learn along the way. Tips and tricks like the ones we have included in The Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide for Beginners.
We put this guide together to help you better understand/improve/shorten the gluten-free learning curve but you still have to be prepared to put the effort in. There is no way around that. Have you heard the saying, “nothing worthwhile comes easy”? Keep it in mind. I can tell you as someone who has Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivities, the effort is very worthwhile for me.
We see this guide as an ongoing work in progress. I mean, if it is going to continue living up to its “Ultimate” title, it has to remain both consummate and current amid constant change for the new and improved. As we add relevant content to our blog, we will update The Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide for Beginners with information, so that it continues to live up to its “Ultimate” title.
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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide for Beginners
Becoming a gluten-free foodee and/or maintaining a gluten-free lifestyle can be daunting. Learning all the hidden alternative sources of gluten is quite the challenge. It’s a journey we’ve been on for years and we are happy to share what we’ve learned so far.
We thought we’d kick it off with a couple of the basics to help get you started and make going gluten-free easier.
Gluten by any other name is still gluten. Knowing all or some of the alternative names for gluten or other items that contain wheat, is one of the steps to make “going” gluten-free easier.
One of our two main tips for becoming a gluten-free foodee, is to read every ingredient on every label. Keep this Alternative Names for Gluten Glossary handy as it will help you become more familiar with what to look for when reading labels. Click/Tap for Alternative Sources of Gluten infographic.
The gluten-free food market has exploded in the past 5 five years and, in the process, has become a mainstay on more and more shelves at local grocery stores everywhere. Hopefully, the increased market competition will result in more affordable gluten-free products being readily available. Until then, we have to deal with the reality that eating gluten-free isn’t cheap. Our tips on living gluten-free on a budget hopes to offset the extra expense.
When you first start gluten-free shopping, you quickly realize there is a complexity to it that was not there during your gluten shopping days. Suddenly, shelves you used to happily pluck products off of, are mostly off-limits. With the increased demand, more and more gluten-free products are now available; however, you still need a strategy to ensure you are optimizing the time and money you spend shopping. These tips will help make shopping a breeze.
Adapting to a gluten-free diet can be a daunting – but doable – challenge. One of the most important tips for going gluten-free is reading food labels to determine if the ingredients contain any alternative names for gluten. You may also notice, some food labels will use the terms “may contain” and “contains” and we are going to delve into what these terms mean.
Apps are generally designed to make our lives easier and/or more enjoyable. They add even more functionality to our smartphones, as they make specific information – like finding a gluten-free product or establishment – available to you at a moment’s notice. That’s exactly what these 5 best gluten-free apps do. Keep in mind, it’s important to be able to vet places and products yourself, as you are your own best advocate.
We hope The Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide for Beginners helps make living your best gluten-free life a little easier. Check out our gluten-free recipe index for a full catalogue of our recipes by course type.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback on The Ultimate Gluten-Free Guide for Beginners (or anything else), please let us know in the comments below. You can also reach out via our Gluten-Free Foodee Facebook group too. If you haven’t joined yet, we’d love to welcome you to the community.
Peace and health.