It’s hard to imagine how difficult it is to give up wheat, especially if you grew up enjoying lots of foods made with flour. While I don't have celiac disease, I do make a conscious effort to limit my gluten intake, as I believe that too much of anything can be bad.
Rather than focusing on how difficult and life-altering the dietary change is, ease your mind by telling yourself "these are small changes I am making for myself to feel better." Here are a few small tweaks I've incorporated into my daily routine:
- Who doesn’t like a good mac and cheese? I am a big fan of using Ancient Harvest's corn-quinoa pasta for this dish. Don’t have Cup4Cup flour lying around to make the roux for the cheese sauce? Substitute fine rice flour instead.
- When it comes to starches and carbohydrates –– try new things. When I go grocery shopping, I buy a new variety of whole grain to cook with; quinoa, oats, millet, and rice are just some of the options. Did you know there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that have different textures and flavor profiles?
- Remember there are so many great foods that are naturally gluten free. Go to a farmer’s market: While you can’t eat the fresh loaves of bread there; trust me, there are plenty of other delicious things to tempt you.
When it gets difficult, write out a list of foods that you are missing or giving up. Next to each item, make a list of reasons why you should be avoiding them. Taking the time to see what you're gaining by giving up foods that affect your health helps keep you on track.
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