Note: This post is sponsored by Udi’s, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
There are many thoughts on why gluten free eating has gained in popularity, but I think it is safe to say that gluten free is here to stay.
Some people eat gluten free because they have celiac disease or are allergic to wheat, but many people also eat gluten free simply because they feel better on a gluten free diet.
Although gluten free is not the theme of this site, I think most of my readers know that I eat gluten free. Since many of my readers either eat gluten free, or know someone that is gluten free, I thought I would share a few thoughts today about gluten free eating. I am sharing a few of things I wish I had known when I first went gluten free. I hope these help some of you that are new to or are interested in the gluten free diet.
If you are gluten free or know someone that is gluten free, I would love to hear what you would add to my list.
- When I first went gluten free I was overwhelmed with things I could not eat. I wish I had focused more on the foods I could eat. It is so easy to get lost in the negative, but so much food is naturally gluten free. Things like beans, meat, eggs, milk, cheese, potatoes, rice, fruits, and vegetables are all gluten free. You often hear that the perimeter of the grocery store is the healthiest place to eat and that is also true about naturally gluten free food, it is usually found around the perimeter of the store. It is once you go down all the aisles of prepackaged foods, that you tend to find more gluten.
- Shopping will also get easier. My first few trips to the store after going gluten free were overwhelming, but it did get easier. Yes I still have to read labels and watch what I buy, but it has gotten so much easier the more I have done it.
- I really wish I had discovered the gluten free foods on Amazon much earlier than I did. I live in the country, in NE Oklahoma. And although I now have Sprouts and a few other health food type stores within 30 minutes from me, when I first went gluten free, Whole Foods was pretty much all I had and it was not close. Amazon has saved the day for me on many occasions, especially when it comes to the harder to find gluten free flours.
- And I wish I had known how many gluten free companies and products were available and how many more would become available. There are many great gluten free products, so don’t be afraid to try them. And more and more are becoming available. When I first went gluten free I longed for a decent gluten free tortilla, that was not a corn tortilla. For the longest time I could not find one, but now Udi’s gluten free makes a really good one that my family loves. I could give quite a few examples like that. So many foods are now available in the gluten free version.
- I wish I had known how much healthier we would eat. We eat so much healthier on a gluten free diet. Now, this is not always true, but for our family it is. We eat a lot less packaged food and way more fruits and vegetables since we have been gluten free.
- I wish I had known how easy it would be to simply convert many of our favorites to gluten free. Simple recipes, like the homemade gluten free macaroni and cheese pictured above, are easy to make gluten free simple by using things like gluten free pasta. If you look around will be surprised at how many of your regular recipes can be easily adapted.
- One the other side of that I wish I had known that I would actually enjoy the challenge of gluten free cooking. I know that may also sound odd, but gluten free cooking has stretched me in good ways. I try more things and am more adventurous in what foods I am willing to try and experiment with since going gluten free.
- I also wish I had known the vast amount of information that was available online. There is so much information online regarding gluten free. A simple Google search can answer so many questions from health questions to safe places to eat out to everything in between. If you have a question, do a quick search online. You will most likely find your answer.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.