4 Powerful Strategies for Successful Gluten-Free Living
When you make the decision to go gluten-free (or it is made for you by a diagnosis of Celiac disease) , it may feel overwhelming deciding which foods to eat, products to buy and meals to serve.That’s perfectly normal. There is a lot to learn. To help make your gluten-free life just a bit easier, use these four powerful strategies. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro, teaching others the ins and outs of gluten-free living!
1. Accept your new lifestyle: A diagnosis of Celiac disease or other gluten-related health issue can be challenging, to say the least. For some, it is devastating. Grieving gluten is not abnormal after diagnosis. We all handle change differently. In time, it really does become easier to navigate your new gluten-free life. I promise. By accepting the change to gluten-free life as a positive one – focusing on what you can eat instead of what you cannot – you remove the negativity associated with food. Perhaps you will consider gluten-free living as liberating instead of restricting. I know I do! Sure, for those of us who must be gluten-free, we have to give up certain foods; however, by giving up those gluten-containing foods that make us ill, we are accepting renewed health. That’s something to celebrate!
2. Keep your focus: Don’t be led off your path by someone else who tells you their way is better. It is not. It is simply “their way”. Notice that is not “your way”. Be true to you and your health. After all, no one knows you (and how you feel inside and out) better than…you! To help you gain and maintain your gluten free focus, read this article on the basics of gluten free living.
3. Keep your balance: When those feelings of being restricted creep in (and they will), there’s nothing at all wrong with enjoying a little gluten-free indulgence. How about a rich, fudgy gluten free brownie? (It’s free from all grains and the simplest recipe you’ve ever made!) Sometimes a comforting treat can help us feel a little more “normal” and a bit less restricted on our gluten-free diet. Let’s face it. If we’re honest, we’ve all had at least one experience that caused frustration about the restrictions of living gluten-free. I understand because I’ve been there. Remember, I’m not suggesting we throw caution to the wind when it comes to healthy eating. What I am saying is this: Let’s not be so uptight about what we eat. Food is nourishing and necessary for our bodies and there is nothing wrong with enjoying every single bite…even when it’s a brownie.
4. Seek reliable support you can trust: When looking for go-to resources, be sure the guidance you follow is consistently provided, accurate and research-based, and comprehensive. Consistent valuable information and support can make reaching our health goals quicker and easier. Of course, it is time-consuming (and daunting!) to sift through all the information we come across on the internet when it comes to gluten-free living. Not to mention, misinformation is abundant and can be dangerous to our health. Finding a handful of trustworthy resources goes a long way in navigating gluten-free living successfully. The Gluten Free Resource Directory is a great example of a comprehensive resource for locating products, services and even celiac centers to make gluten-free living a bit easier. Of course, I hope you’ll make use of the free resources I have for you at GlutenFreeGigi.com, too! Arming ourselves with good information goes a long way in living a happy, healthy gluten-free life!