Food | Leading a gluten-free lifestyle

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Cutting gluten out of your diet, for medical or personal reasons, is a hard and overwhelming thing to do. We look at how you can best lead a gluten-free lifestyle.

Some people are simply sensitive to gluten, while others simply want to eradicate it from their diet for other reasons. Whatever your goal, it is an ambitious and overwhelming route.

As with any change in your eating pattern, preparation and organisation are key to you staying on track. When you do not have your ingredients on hand, it is all too easy to veer off track.

Stock your kitchen well with items such as rice, quinoa and buckwheat. Do up a list of the foods that you can and cannot eat to get you through the initial few weeks. This list will be helpful as you create menus around your new restrictions and give you encouragement that you are on the right track.

If you are planning an impromptu bake, for instance, it is important to have as many gluten free flour alternatives. Nut and seed flours (almond, sunflower seed etc.) can be easily stored in the freezer to extend shelf life and can deter them from going rancid. You can also use coconut, buckwheat and banana flours.

Focus on all of the good gluten-free foods that you can eat. Sweet potato, rib-eye steak, peach and  good dark chocolate are some of the easiest and tastiest gluten free foods. 

Gluten free alternatives of your favourite foods are an acquired taste and trying to replace familiar foods with them only make you feel discouraged.

When we cut certain things from our eating pattern, we tend to want them more. As such, it is important to include good treats in your diet.