Our ‘Quick Gluten Diet Guide’
How to avoid Gluten …
If you go into most supermarkets (or speciality food shops) you will see very many ‘gluten free’ foods (or even whole aisles)
A gluten- free diet is simply a diet containing foods that don’t include the protein gluten. Gluten is found in foods like wheat, barley, rye as well as many processed foods – ranging from ready meals to sausages.
If you want to start a gluten free diet let us give you the major ‘do’s and don’ts
1. Do Get Advice..
Before starting a gluten free diet speak to your doctor or a dietician. A Gluten Free Diet is not easy and takes a lot of planning – so you need to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.
2. Don’t Panic…
If you’ve been told you need to follow a gluten free diet – don’t panic. There are lots and lots of people following gluten free diets, with extensive help, advice & support available. For example the Coeliac UK site has recipes and advice
3. Do Your own Gluten Free Diet Plan…
The key to successfully following (and enjoying) a gluten free diet is to plan your meals in advance.
- Empty your kitchen of gluten containing foods.
- Intensively clean all surfaces and utensils to avoid any contamination
- Plan your meals a week in advance (so you can buy the right foods)
- Make extra time for food shopping (as you will have to check labels in more detail)
4. Don’t forget..
That there can be 2 side effects from a gluten free diet:
- Lack of vitamins. Many of the foods you will be cutting out contain key vitamins & minerals.
- Gain Weight. As your small intestine improves it will get better at absorbing food i.e. you might start gaining weight
That is why planning your diet in advance is so important
5, Do eat..
There are lots and lots of foods you can eat. Such as naturally gluten-free foods like meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, rice, potatoes and lentils. In addition there are very many foods and ready meals specifically designed and labelled gluten free.
A gluten free diet takes planning, but there is absolutely no reason you won’t be enjoying your meals.
6. Don’t eat..
But do make sure you don ‘t eat cereals like wheat, rye and barley (and also maybe oats). Often found in bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, flour, pizza bases, cakes and biscuits, etc.
In addition you can also find gluten in foods such as soups, sauces, ready meals, sausages. Only go for these kinds of food if they are specifically labelled ‘gluten free’
And of course do replace 1 or 2 meals per day with the herbalife free from shake. Free from Gluten is does contain 22 vitamins & minerals – especially the essential B vitamins often missing in a gluten free diet
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