So you are new to gluten free? Welcome.
Starting a gluten free diet is an eye opener! Firstly, we hope you have managed to come to terms with your diagnosis or the decision that lead you to follow a gluten free diet. Whichever it was, you have come to the right place. We know a lot about being gluten free and we have been in your shoes. It isn't all bad news, starting a gluten free diet re-ignited our passion with food (after a brief depression), it opened us up to new experiences and it can be fun. All you have to do is focus on what you can have, rather than what you can’t.
This is not the end of your gourmet life, it will require changes and adaptation, but try to push the negative thoughts aside because you are about to discover a whole range of food made just for you and that is exciting. You will have experiences at restaurants that make you feel so special, unfortunately you will have some that leave you tarnished, but never stop trying.
We used a coeliac diagnosis as an opportunity to make sure anyone starting out on a gluten free diet would not have to feel scared or alone. Use this website as a resource, join our social media accounts for support (links above), sign-up to our emails for regular inspiration and news, find new favourite recipes, fall in love with food again.
Here are our recommended articles to get you started with gluten free;
To get you started;
You can’t be gluten free without knowing what that damn word (gluten) means! What is gluten?
Reading labels is going to be your number one talent from now on, it will serve you well so learn how to read labels like it is your profession.
When reading labels you should also remember the -ose rule. Even glucose starch made from wheat is gluten free because of the process it goes through. Memorise these tricks to extend your food options.
Understand which products are made from gluten containing grains, flour is the obvious one but there are many that aren’t so obvious, such as maltodextrin.
Making your kitchen gluten free is an arduous task in cleaning, shopping and educating. Use our guide to making your kitchen gluten free.
Make sure you understand cross contamination. A tiny amount of gluten can make a gluten free person sick. You are going to get good at explaining that one!
Just as you need to clean out your kitchen, ensure any beauty products you might accidentally ingest are gluten free. Here is our guide to gluten free beauty products.
Now you are are getting more comfortable;
Oats, everyone misses oats, some can tolerate uncontaminated oats but some can’t. When are oats gluten free?
Dining out can be difficult so make sure you read our guide about ordering a gluten free meal. If you have a lovely friend or family member who wants to cook for you, pass on our guide to cooking for a gluten free guest to educate them quickly.
What does being gluten free feel like? Here is what you should expect when going gluten free.
A final note
Finally, a gluten free diet is not recommended for people who don’t medically need it... because, whole grains such as wheat, barley, rye and oats have a lot of essential minerals, vitamins and things that are good for us. Fibre is one of these things. Stay regular, make sure you are getting enough fibre.
If you have been gluten free for a while and you are still not experiencing any relief take a look at the low FODMAPs diet, perhaps your dietary issues stem from more than gluten. Unfortunately this is a common problem and one of the reasons we recommend you consult a dietitian when going gluten free.
And of course, now that you are armed with all the knowledge you need...good luck!