Top 6 Tips for Removing Wheat from your Diet.

Top 6 Tips for Removing Wheat from your Diet.

Removing wheat from your diet, nowadays is so much easier yet so much more confusing for someone who has real issues with gluten. Sure there are tons of options, everybody and their brother has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon in order to make a buck.  The problem is very few companies are concerned with taking the proper steps in order to safe guard someone’s health. It’s all too easy to say oooppss we made a mistake and recall a certain product than actually make the effort ahead of time to prevent the damage to many celiac’s health. 

Gluten free has become the fat free fad of the 1980’s and it truly is causing irritable harm to true suffers of celiac disease. It has become so confusing to understand that just because a product is labeled gluten free doesn’t mean that it is safe for a celiac to eat.  So yes our grocery store shelves are literally lined with gluten free options but can a celiac really eat them? That is the question that was posed to me and I have a few tips that I’ll share that I use every time I go food shopping.

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Top 5 Tips on Celiac Cheating….

Top 5 Tips on Celiac Cheating….

I’m not sure why but this week in particular several celiacs have talked about cheating whether that be on social media or in person. One of my friends was in about shock that after all this time, that I don’t ever have cheat days. Clearly they still don’t understand what it means to have celiac disease so these conversations prompted today’s post.

So here are my best tips regarding celiac disease and cheating.

Tip #1: Don’t cheat!

This is not a diet, this is not about trying to be eat right a few days a week and then it’s okay to fall off the wagon once a week, on special occasions, or holidays. Celiac disease is a LIFELONG autoimmune disease, not a diet. Lifelong as in for the rest of your life, I/we cannot eat gluten. So there are NO cheat days EVER!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!! 

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Top 10 Things People with Celiac Disease Wish You Knew

Top 10 Things People with Celiac Disease Wish You Knew

Imaging living your life with a disease that no one understands. Imagine what it’s like if no one believed you, when you said you weren’t well. Imagine going to the doctors and being told that your sickness was all in your head. Imagine what it’s like to live with a disease that is widely made fun of an is the butt of many jokes. Imagine being afraid every time you put something in your mouth, it could make you sick. Imagine eating something and getting so sick that you spend the day in the bathroom or sleeping all day because you are too weak to shower or having such brain fog that you can’t remember your phone number to ask for help. Imagine that this sickness if not treated properly will most likely lead to an early death due to a host of other complications…. this is what it’s like to have celiac disease.

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Top 5 Tips to Being Healthy and Gluten Free.

Top 5 Tips to Being Healthy and Gluten Free.

It’s important to understand that eating healthy and gluten free today are not necessarily the same thing. Companies have had to get creative to make their products taste better and more appealing to a larger audience since removing the gluten from their products. Unfortunately, many companies have gone the route of adding a whole lot of unnecessary chemicals, sugars and ‘other’ flavorings and fillers that barely can pass off as food, let alone healthy food.  

Currently gluten free is hot and has become a multi-billion dollar industry much like the fat free area of the 1990’s. This leads to a tremendous amount of serious healthy problems for people who have to eat gluten free because they have celiac disease and/or people who have severe gluten sensitive. No one can truly understand what it is like putting your health on the line every time you eat something unless they truly live this (and I’ll address this discussion more on another blog post).

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Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

Top 3 Tips on Healthy Eating

In the beginning of our gluten-free journey, we are all just trying to cope with our fears and anxiety over never being able to eat our favorite foods again.

So I always suggest, finding new and gluten-free ways to reproduce your favorite foods in finding a new way for you to learn to get comfortable and relax around food again.

Going gluten-free takes some time and patience and experimenting in the kitchen. If you weren’t a great cook, like me you quickly learn some new skills out of sheer survival mode. The big key is learning to enjoy the process, that truly makes the entire process so much more enjoyable.

I’m not sure how or why exactly but after a while, there comes a point where you realize that not all processed foods are created equally and some foods may cause you to have a reaction even though they are labeled gluten-free. I think this is the next phase of your journey. 

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Top 3 Tips on Flying

Top 3 Tips on Flying

I separated flying from traveling because for me, they are two separate animals. When travel i always scope out the nearest health food store and know ahead of time what my options are but in an airport, your options are pretty darn limited so it is important that you be prepared for whatever.

You may think i’m crazy but then there are those of you who will thank me because you have been delayed by weather and have gotten stuck for 1/2 a day or night at the airport due to one delay after another.

So for flying as with anything in a celiacs life it all comes down to preparation.

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Top 3 Tips on Food Prep…..

Top 3 Tips on Food Prep…..

One of the best things that you can do for yourself when you have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive is to try and be as prepared as you can be food-wise. And that for me, works best when I generally food shop on Saturday and then Sunday is my cooking and prepping day for the week.

I am generally a pretty busy girl and most days I work from home which is both a good thing and a bad thing. When I get engrossed in a project hours upon hours can go by and I have no clue how quickly time passes. I often forget to eat or suddenly remember when my stomach is growling up a storm. At this point it is great to be home but I’m not about to stop and start cooking from scratch and interrupt my whole flow and loose track of where I am. So if I don’t have something that I can quickly heat up on the stove, than I’m more likely to grab a protein bar or something quick so I can get back to work.

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Top 3 Tips on Successful Girl Time…..

Top 3 Tips on Successful Girl Time…..

Every girl has some girlfriends who you have known forever and who have been with you through thick and thin. The challenge happens when you suddenly realize that you can no longer do the same things that you use to and it changes the dynamic of your friendship. 

Yes these girls will always be part of your life but some things will be different and this is part of growing up together and also part of us learning to grow together.

Food now and forever will always be a tad bit different for you. Going to restaurants, happy-hours, traveling and hanging at each others homes, will not be so easy anymore and will require some work on both of your parts.

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Top 3 Tips on Food Shopping

Top 3 Tips on Food Shopping

Let’s face it food shopping is going to be different now that you have gone gluten free. And honestly I believe all people who go gluten-free go through stages and their eating evolves. 

Normally our first thoughts when we are told that you need to go gluten-free is how am I ever going to live without ______ (you fill in the blank). 

The most successful gluten-free peeps that I know have all learned to make updated, healthier versions of their old favorite foods. 

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