The list of food that should be excluded from diet and the food that can be used with gluten intolerance you can find in the sections of Gluten free products and Special goods for gluten free diet. At this page I offer a list of tips – how to start a new life without gluten.
The most important thing for you is to study the list of food containing gluten and make for yourself (and your family) a memo. After some time you will remember it but initially it is very difficult to keep in mind all the points. Since this moment these products must disappear forever from your diet.
Another advice which is often given to people with gluten intolerance and especially with celiac disease – to use dishes that were never used for cooking food with gluten. The particles remain on the surface and if you have a very sensitive body (like people with celiac disease do), it may impact you. Therefore, one of the first steps of your new life is to buy new pots and pans and spatulas, boards and other kitchen utensils that will be used only by the person with gluten intolerance. Of course you can control only your own house, but if most of the time you eat it at home – it will be an important factor for you.
Replace forbidden ingredients in all your favorite dishes on their gluten free analogue. Wheat flour on gluten free mixes, wheat bread on a gluten free bread, regular soy sauce for gluten free soy sauce, etc.
Discipline yourself to carefully study the labels on products before buying. Sometimes you can find wheat even in those products in which you does not expect. I had such situation with soy sauce. So before you buy or eat something – check the list of ingredients, now it should become your new habit.
The same goes for ingredients in restaurants. Be sure to carefully read the menu and even ask the waiter to check with the chefs whether the dish your chosen contains flour, soy sauce or other foods containing gluten. Sometimes this information is not listed on the menu. For example – the flour is not considered as an ingredient for some dishes, and it used as breading, for example, and also as a thickener in almost all sauces.
Unfortunately, sometimes, even using all the precautions, asking and explaining – in the restaurant you can eat something prohibited. I have not time after the restaurant, I clearly felt the symptoms of contact with gluten in the body. In this regard, I brought food to a minimum, so as not to risk your health.
Sitting behind the table at a party (or going to visit your friends apartment where you planing to eat) – tell friends and family about your intolerance and ask about the ingredients used in cooking. Gradually your friends will get used to it and would be careful in the cooking of food for you. Feel free to talk about it! Your health and your life depends on it! You can meet skeptics who have not heard about gluten intolerance and do not really believe in it, but you can explain them that the observance of such a diet directly affects on your health.
Locate stores in your city that have special sections with gluten free products. In some stores they are placed through the store among ordinary goods. In ideal cases such goods are marked with special color labels. Some cities can be found in the list of Gluten free cities, which describes some of the largest stores with the presence of gluten free products.
Explore gluten free recipes and start to cook more by yourself. Start to bake bread and pies, cooking homemade jams, instead of jams from the shop, homemade pickles instead of canned pickles, etc.) And if you are working far from home – the most safest method is to take a lunch with you from home. Thus you will protect yourself from accidentally getting gluten in your body and at the same time from chemicals and preservatives, which is now used in all products that are sold in stores.