If you’ve made a dietary change or want to try giving a gluten-free diet a go, then this is the article for you. Making the switch may seem daunting – after all, you’ll need to change your shopping habits, how you eat out with friends and how to understand food labels better. Fear not, as we have put together a little guide to get you started on your gluten free journey.
1. Know your snacks
Finding gluten-free foods around the house is actually easier than you may think; chances are that you have had them there all along! Knowing what your quick wins are is useful, so see what unrefined foods you have to work with next time you get hungry. Common household gluten-free snacks include foods like:
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and corn
Whilst these may seem basic, you can always add extra ingredients to make tasty snacks – add honey, fruit and cook with natural oils and see what you can create.
2. Plan for meal types
We always feel like eating different things throughout the day - For example, instead of spending time in the mornings sleepily rooting through your supplies for gluten free foods, plan out your meals and shop for them so you are ready. Keep the list on your fridge or smartphone to make your planning easier and keep it up – before you know it, you’ll be an expert.
3. Get to know your ingredients
Approach packaged foods with some caution, particularly those which are more processed as they will most likely contain gluten. Herbal teas, soy sauce and even salad dressing can contain gluten so ensure you get to know the main culprits. Once you are able to tell which foods to avoid, shopping will become a lot easier.
Of course don’t shy away from packaged foods completely! There are plenty of options in stores and online for gluten free foods, including our awesome Eat Nakd bars which are gluten free and absolutely delicious.
4. Create your shopping list
Just like other areas of life, a bit of planning can go a long way. Put together shopping lists and put a focus on buying wholefoods and fewer processed snacks. If you’re unsure about something, ask a member of staff, or if possible, give it a quick search on your smartphone - There are plenty of apps out there to help you out.
5. Eating out
There will be times when you can’t check labels and look up items such as when you’re out eating with friends. Instead of being put off by this, simply ask the waiting staff which food items are gluten free, and which ones they recommend. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this and they are most likely more than happy to cater for anyone with special dietary needs.